All the safety gear and training in the world can’t protect you from someone else’s negligence. When you work on a construction site, you want to believe you can trust your employees and employers with your safety. There are still times, though, when on-site recklessness can result in a serious accident.
Should you find yourself contending with the aftermath of someone else’s negligence on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. Frankfort construction accident attorneys can investigate your losses and determine what right you have to damages awarded by Indiana’s civil courts. You can work with Vaughan & Vaughan to initiate an investigation.
Know Your Rights After a Construction Accident
Not every employer offers their construction teams workers’ compensation. Still, others may attempt to deny an injured team member’s request for workers’ compensation out of hand. You have means toward justice that don’t require you to file workers’ compensation claims, though.
If you work as an employee within a construction agency, and you’re injured on-site due to someone else’s negligence, you can bring evidence of that negligence before a judge. Our team can help you file a personal injury claim elaborating on your losses. We can then negotiate a settlement with your employer or bring your case before a judge.
You have this right to legal action whether a company labels you as an employee or an independent contractor. No matter what your role on a construction site is classified as on paper, you can schedule a free, no-strings-attached case consultation with a Frankfort construction accident lawyer to discuss your right to legal action.
Working With an Attorney Makes Post-Accident Legal Action Easier
Contending with the complexities of civil law is often simpler when you have an attorney on your side. While you have the right to pursue civil litigation without an attorney’s help, doing so while recovering from construction accident injuries can feel impossible.
When our attorneys take on your case, we strive to take the weight of legal responsibilities off of your shoulders. While you focus on physical therapy, essential surgeries, and getting back on your feet, our team can:
- Contact a liable party for a statement
- Gather evidence to establish negligence’s role in your accident
- Communicate with bystanders and expert witnesses
- Compose the data related to your accident into a cohesive narrative
What’s more, our team can prepare you for either settlement negotiations or a trial, depending on the road you want to take to compensation. We make every effort to make the legal process as transparent and personalized as possible so that you can exert the optimum amount of control over your recovery.
All About Construction Accident Damages
When you first bring a construction accident claim before a judge, you have the right to establish what damages you believe your losses entitle you to. While you might already know about which economic losses you want to demand, pinning down the non-economic damages to which you may be entitled can be more difficult.
When a Frankfort construction accident attorney calculates the value of your construction accident case, we start with your economic losses. These range from your emergency medical expenses to the replacement of any property damaged during your accident. You can also demand that a liable party replace the wages you would otherwise have made while recovering.
From there, we calculate the value of your non-economic damages. These include any pain and suffering or emotional distress you suffered as a result of your accident. While these losses don’t have a dollar value, there are means provided by the state of Indiana that allow our firm to fold them into the sum of your economic losses.
You Need to Examine Construction Accident Settlement Offers Carefully
Whether you move to file a workers’ compensation claim or not, it’s likely that your site supervisor will know about an accident that takes place on-site. As such, a construction company may reach out to you with an injury settlement before you’ve had time to recover, let alone explore your right to legal action.
At first, these settlement offers can seem generous. In reality, though, a construction company can use a settlement offer to try and deny you your right to legal action later down the line. You must critically examine a settlement offer if you want to guarantee that it’s as fair and generous as it can be.
Fortunately, you always have the right to delay your acceptance of a settlement offer. You can bring any offer you receive to an attorney for consideration. We can do our own math, estimate the value of your construction accident, and go to bat for you if it appears that an employer has undervalued your losses.
When to File Your Construction Accident Claim
You have two years to gather all of the information needed to build your construction accident complaint. If you want to qualify for the right to argue for compensation before a judge, you must submit your claim within that two-year period, according to Indiana Code §34-11-2-4. If you’re not able to gather the evidence you need in two years, you may lose your right to file.
Our Frankfort, IN, construction accident attorneys are here for you every step of the way. We can keep on top of your filing deadline while investigating the negligence that resulted in your construction site accident. That way, you can focus on recovering from your injuries without compromising your filing timeline.
If you have questions about Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations or want to initiate an investigation into your losses ASAP, schedule a consultation with our team.
Let an Attorney Advocate for You
Construction accidents can do exceptional damage to even professionals trained to use the tools on a worksite. Should you find yourself faced with construction accident losses, you deserve the right to rest and recover without worrying about expenses stemming from someone else’s negligence.
Construction accident survivors can work with Vaughan & Vaughan to bring their losses forward in civil court. Our construction accident lawyers in Frankfort are available to discuss your accident with you during a free case consultation. Contact us today by reaching out through our website or by calling our office.