6 Frequently Asked Construction Accident Questions

If you were injured at a work site, read these 6 frequently asked construction accident questions for guidance. Call our Virginia attorneys to get started!

1) What Do I Do After a Construction Accident Injury?

6 Frequently Asked Construction Accident QuestionsThe first thing you have to do after you’ve been involved in a construction accident is retain an attorney with experience in this type of an injury claim. The case will depend largely on a quick and thorough investigation into what happened and who was responsible. The only way to do that is to retain an attorney quickly. Even if OSHA is investigating your case or even if the state police become involved because of a serious injury on the job, it is very important that you retain counsel quickly because there may be other parties besides your employer who are partly or fully to blame for the accident, and may be a source of far greater recovery for you than your employer who is of course entitled to the benefits of the very strict Virginia Workers’ Compensation Statutes.

2) What are the Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Construction Accident?

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.

3) Should I Report my Construction Injuries?

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.

4) How Do I Choose the Best Construction Accident Lawyer?

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.

5) Should I Talk to the Insurance Company About my 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.

6) Is Workers’ Compensation my Only Relief After a Construction Accident?

It’s a set of laws. They were set up years ago to try to help injured parties get something for their injuries knowing that the law of tort recovery is extremely difficult for employees to get any benefit from when working on a job in Virginia. Under that statute of workers’ compensation in Virginia, you’re entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly wage for up to 500 weeks of disability following your work-related accident. You’re also entitled to lifetime medical benefits for the injuries you had from this accident only. It does not require that you prove who was at fault in the accident. It also does not require that you provide any evidence of who else was at fault or whether you were free of fault which is often found in other types of personal injury cases. In those types of cases, Virginia Workers’ Compensation is a good compromise for an employee.

Were you or a loved one seriously injured at a work site and have questions? After reading these 6 frequently asked construction accident questions, 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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