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Construction Accident

Construction sites are dangerous places, full of heavy equipment, large tools, and teams of people multitasking. The Law Offices of Ilya Torchinsky routinely helps clients who have experienced a catastrophic construction accident. We understand that surviving a construction accident can be highly traumatic, potentially permanently undermining your health.

If you or someone you love have been injured in a construction accident, you need a skilled personal injury you can trust. Here's what you need to know about your rights.

The Complexity of Construction Accidents

Just as construction sites are busy locations bustling with numerous contractors, employers, and others, so too are construction accident lawsuits. Construction accident litigation is highly complex, and you should not try to litigate your case on your own, without assistance. There may be several companies involved in and liable for your injuries. A skilled personal injury lawyer is well-equipped to help you determine whom to sue.

Moreover, the most obvious responsible parry might not always be the best target for a lawsuit. For instance, if a construction worker injures you, he or she might have little money to pay for any damages, making a lawsuit a fruitless waste of time. You may instead be better served by suing the company owner, the manufacturer of faulty tools, the owner of the site, or some combination thereof. Not only will these entities have sufficient funds and an insurance policy to cover your injury; they may also be the more appropriate target for a lawsuit.

Construction accidents are usually contingency cases, which means that you don’t pay anything unless you win. Thus there’s no benefit to representing yourself. Consulting an attorney gives you a better chance at winning, and helps you ensure your rights are protected from the very beginning.

Common Construction Site Injuries

Injuries that occur at construction sites are frequently catastrophic in nature, producing hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars in medical bills. Spinal cord injuries traumatic brain injuries, serious muscle injuries, and even loss of limbs are common. So how do construction site accidents occur? There are a number of issues:

What Am I Entitled to When I Am Injured in a Construction Accident?

When you are injured at a construction site, the law allows you to recover all damages you have sustained. Damages refers to any injuries you have experienced. If you were not injured, or were only almost injured, you won’t be able to recover anything. If, however, you did suffer an injury, you may be entitled to:

Settlement vs. Trial

Many construction accident cases settle before going to trial, particularly if you have a compelling claim and the other side wants to avoid the risks and exposure of trial. If your case does settle, it will be up to you to determine whether you prefer the settlement amount and the certainty of a check, or the risks inherent in trial. Juries are unpredictable, and it’s impossible to assess how they will view your case. If they like you, they might award you more, but if your story is unsympathetic or the other side presents you as hostile or unpleasant, it could reduce the value of your claim. In short, you need to consult with your lawyer about the risks and benefits of going to trial before making a final decisions.

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