Construction site accidents are among the most devastating and life-threatening accidents in Stafford and throughout the country. As we embrace modern technology with the development of state-of-the-art buildings and road repairs, we must also be aware of the safety risk posed by these projects. Whether a pedestrian, motorist, or construction worker, you are obviously at risk of suffering harm in a development site. As a pedestrian especially, you may be hit by falling objects from a construction zone such as rocks and metals.
If you’re a motorist, an unmarked construction zone may result in a crash, especially if your vehicle hits debris and you lose control of your vehicle. Worse still, construction site workers are at more risk of being injured, given that they work under very unsafe conditions with dangerous materials and objects. Given the high number of persons working in a development site, determining fault may be difficult without a skilled accident attorney. Fortunately, a Stafford construction accident lawyer may help the injured party.
The aftermath of a construction site accident is often financially demanding. Treating the injuries suffered requires extensive medical care that may come with a heavy financial burden. Unfortunately, worker’s compensation may never be enough to see you through the healing process. You need enough money to cater to your needs, more so if the injuries caused you permanent harm or caused disability. A qualified construction accident lawyer understands all these needs and will dedicate their time to help you recover damages to cover your medical bills, lost wages, home care services, therapy costs, pain, and suffering.
However, getting a favorable settlement is not always easy. Obtaining damages is dependent on how best your lawyer can articulate your case before the jury or when negotiating with the insurance company. If you are unable to prove that the defendant was at fault for your injuries, your case may be dismissed. A majority of personal injury accidents occur due to negligence. In a development site accident, the negligent party is often an employee of the construction company, and the employer is responsible for the actions of their employees. If you and your lawyer can prove that the defendant was negligent in his or her actions, you may receive maximum compensation for all your damages.
Determining fault enables you to sue the right party or persons for your injuries. Depending on what caused you harm, you may hold the following parties responsible for the accident:
Every premises owner has to ensure that the safety of other persons is guaranteed. They are expected to do so by hiring experienced and well-trained personnel such as machine operators, drivers, and other supporting staff. Your attorney may follow up with the workers who caused you harm to identify the construction site owner.
If you were hit and injured by a driver in a construction zone, you reserve the right to directly hold them accountable for economic and non-economic damages caused. It does not have to be a driver working in the construction site where you were injured. For example, if you were hit by a car while the driver tried to maneuver through a construction zone, you may hold them liable for the harm suffered.
Working in a development site often involves working with very sophisticated and dangerous tools. If defective, these machines may cause you harm through burns or other physical body injuries. For example, if a defective electrical appliance electrocuted you, the manufacturer may be at fault.
If you were working in a construction zone when the accident occurred, your employer may be at fault. This is often the case, especially when employers do not provide workers with safety gear such as reflective clothing and helmets, or do not properly train the employees on the dangers of the construction site. If your employer does not have worker’s compensation, your lawyer will seek compensation by filing a construction accident claim on your behalf.
If your lawsuit is successful, you may receive damages for:
A legal professional familiar with these types of cases could help you recover the maximum damages award after a development site accident.
Seeking treatment for your injuries is very important, not only for your health but also for documenting your injury. You will need to prove how and to what extent you suffered harm. But as you do so, keep in mind that you may not have an unlimited time frame to file your case. The statute of limitations may expire before you are aware of it. If this happens, you stand to lose your claim no matter how legitimate they are. To avoid such a scenario, please contact our Stafford construction accident lawyers right away for a free consultation for your case.