Construction sites can be dangerous places. Accidents happen. If you are involved in an accident, you may want to hire a construction accident attorney. The number of construction accidents per year has been declining steadily for some time, but they still occur and will likely never get to zero. If an accident occurs, someone likely made some mistake and may be at fault. An attorney can help you determine who is at fault and whether that person is legally responsible for any injury you may have suffered. You have to explain what happened in the safety accident to the attorney so they can help figure that out.
You may be worried about how to hire an attorney with no money. That is possible.
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Common Legal Issues Involving Construction Accidents
These are the main issues involved in construction accidents:
2. Applicable laws and regulations.
An important first issue is whether you suffered any injury. If you have no injury, then you don’t need an attorney because there is nothing to sue for. Assuming you suffered some injury, the next step is figuring out who is responsible for the site. The contractor? The owner? Someone else? Someone is responsible for building site accidents.
Then there is the question of what laws or regulations apply to prevent safety accidents. If someone violated a law or regulation, that makes showing fault easier. Also important is figuring out how the accident caused your injury. Causation is important in cases like this.
How Can an Attorney Can Help Me With My Construction Accident?
Construction accident attorneys are supposed to use their expertise on your behalf. Important areas of expertise for attorneys include:
Applicable laws and regulations.
The rules of evidence. What evidence is useful in your suit and how to present it in court.
Procedure. Courts have rules for how to make your case. The court can throw your suit out if you violate these rules. Attorneys are experts in the law. They know about the laws and regulations that apply. They also know about building site accident cases in the past that were similar to yours and how that will impact your case.
Attorneys also understand procedure. Courts have specific rules for how to make your case, what you can and cannot do, what counts as evidence, and similar issues.
You are always free to sue on your own behalf, but chances are, you do not know as much as an attorney about the law or the procedures for how to file a lawsuit. Judges can throw out a suit that violates the rules of procedure.
What Happens if I Don’t Hire a Lawyer?
It is theoretically possible that someone else who was involved in the accident might decide that you are at fault and sue you, but that is highly unlikely unless you have a lot of money or an insurance policy that could pay for any injury that occurred to someone else in a building site accident.
If someone sues you, they have to tell you they are doing so by sending you a copy of the document starting the law suit, the “complaint.” That’s a rule of procedure that attorneys know.
If someone does sue you, then you should hire an attorney to defend you.
Should I Wait to Hire an Attorney After a Construction Accident?
There is no benefit in waiting. You may have expenses, like medical bills, related to the injury.
In most cases, the law likely sets a time limit for you to file your lawsuit. If you wait too long, then you can no longer file suit at all.
Lawsuits depend on evidence, which can come in lots of forms. You and other people may need to testify. Any organizations, like companies, involved may have records that show what happened. Preserving evidence is an important part of a lawsuit.
How to Choose a Right Construction Accident Lawyer
An attorney is like anything else you pay for. You should shop around. You are looking for a “plaintiffs lawyer” or “construction injury attorney.” If you sue someone, you are the plaintiff and they are the defendant.
Attorneys who advertise on television are usually the kind of attorney you want. You should ask your attorney about cases they have won and for referrals to previous clients.
Take a deep breath and think about the situation. You should be able to trust your attorney. If you have a bad feeling about them, choose someone else. They work for you. It is really not a good idea to change lawyers after you have started a lawsuit, but you are always free to do so if you really want to or need to.
You usually can hire an attorney with no money because plaintiffs lawyers often work on contingency, meaning that you pay them nothing. They get paid from any money you win in the suit. Keep that in mind. This is common for construction injury attorneys.
You want an attorney who is willing to be kind of mean to the other side, but nice to you.
If you have suffered an injury in a construction accident, you should likely hire an attorney to help you. Attorneys are experts in laws and regulations, including the rules of evidence and the rules of procedure. They know how to file lawsuits and what to say or do during a lawsuit. Do not wait. There is no advantage in waiting. Look for attorneys who advertise their services. Shop around. Hire an attorney you are comfortable with.