Did you get injured on the job and have questions? Check out these 4 construction accident questions that we are often asked, then call our Virginia lawyers.
1. What mistakes should I avoid after a construction accident?
People often ask me, “What are the things that are most commonly done as mistakes after a construction accident in Virginia?” Obviously, the most important thing to remember is that you have to get an attorney on your side after the construction accident as quickly as possible. Making the mistake to delay finding an attorney to help you with that type of case can cost the entire case because investigation immediately after the incident is the most important thing that you can do to preserve your rights. The other things that are often seen are not getting medical care quickly enough and not making a proper report of what happened in the accident to your employer and the Workers’ Compensation Commission. In each of those instances, it’s always helpful to have an attorney because they’re mindful of all those steps you need to take right after your Virginia construction accident.
2. Should I tell my boss about my work injury?
I’m often asked by my clients who come to see me after a Virginia construction accident, is it okay to talk to my employer about what happened in the accident? First, I should tell you that under Virginia Workers’ Compensation law, it’s important that you at least give the basic details almost immediately or as soon as you possibly can after a Virginia construction accident. The next thing to remember is that you should retain your own attorney as quickly as possible and preferably before you make a statement to your employer after a construction accident. There are a variety of defenses that employers can use to deny both workers’ compensation benefits or any third-party benefits you make against other persons or companies that may be at fault in whole or part for this construction accident. It’s always best to get yourself an attorney before you make those statements. Do it quickly so that you can respond in the time that they expect with a notice of what happened in your accident.
3. How do I choose the best construction accident attorney for my case?
People often ask me, “What are the things to look for in trying to find an attorney to represent me in my Virginia construction accident?” I will tell you that Virginia construction accidents are a very specialized type of injury case. Look for somebody who has experience in that line of work, who’s handled those types of cases, and who has good ratings and good reviews from both industry organizations as well as former clients. In all of those circumstances, you’re more likely to find a person with experience, stature, and understanding of the law of this field of Virginia construction accidents.
4. Should I talk with the insurance company of the construction company?
People often ask me, “What’s wrong with speaking to my employer’s lawyer after I’ve been involved in a Virginia construction accident?” We always recommend that you not talk to the lawyer representing your employer or any insurance adjusters representing your employer after a Virginia construction accident until you’ve spoken and retained your own attorney. Once you have your own attorney involved, they can counsel you as to how to present what you have to say about the accident in a way that will not damage or permanently impair the value of your case. I always recommend that before talking to the other side, you get your own attorney first.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured at a work site and have questions? After reading these 4 construction accident questions answered, contact a Virginia construction accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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