If you were working on a construction site and were injured, you may have the right to compensation. Contact a construction accident attorney in Austin to determine what options you have and to begin filing a claim.
Construction workers are at high risk for injury because a construction site involves many moving parts including hundreds of workers, large machinery, and dangerous equipment. Even with safety helmets and goggles, employees can easily get hurt on the job, which is why employers protect their workers with workers compensation insurance.
Sometimes, when you get injured at work, workers compensation won’t cover all of your expenses. Thankfully, depending on your injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. An Austin construction accident lawyer from Crain Brogdon, LLP., can investigate your case, gather evidence, and help determine which route makes the most sense for you.
If your injury happened at work, you’ll need to file a workers compensation claim if you want your medical expenses and lost wages to be covered. Regardless of whether your employer was at fault or you were at fault, workers compensation should cover your expenses for any injuries that happened during the regular course of your job.
Your employer’s workers comp insurance company will review your claim before approving it.
The only circumstance in which you can sue your employer in a private lawsuit is if you believe your employer blatantly caused you harm in some way. For example, if your employer abused you on the job or forced you to work in unsafe conditions, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
You can also file a lawsuit for a construction accident injury if a third party proved to be negligent. For example, if a product on the job site proves to be defective, such as a nail gun or a mechanical saw, you may be able to sue the product manufacturer.
If and when you’re able to file a private lawsuit, doing so can be beneficial because it’ll maximize your settlement. Workers compensation claims cover your medical expenses and lost wages, but in a lawsuit, you’ll be able to claim any damages you’ve suffered, which includes non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement, or loss of consortium. A construction accident lawyer in Austin will examine all of the damages you’ve suffered and include them in your claim value.
Construction workers deserve the same compensation as any other injured victim after an accident. Thankfully, workers compensation protects workers financially and, when workers compensation falls through, a private lawsuit can be an alternative route. At Crain Brogdon, LLP., we strive to help workers maximize their settlements whenever possible.
If you’d like to speak with an Austin construction accident lawyer about your case, call 214-522-9404 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]