The Steps You Need to Take to Protect Your Health and Your Legal Rights
It’s no secret that construction sites are one of the most dangerous places in the world, even when contractors and owners follow the rules. Unfortunately, in the quest to maximize profits, builders and developers often cut corners, frequently with respect to safety considerations. If you or someone you love has been hurt in any type of accident on a construction site, chances are pretty good that the injury was serious or even catastrophic. What should you do immediately after a construction site accident to best protect your interests? Bailey and Galyen can help.
At Bailey & Galyen, we bring more than 35 years of experience to people in Texas and throughout the United States who have suffered serious personal injury because of the wrongful, careless and negligent acts of others. We built our reputation and our practice on a commitment to provide aggressive, effective and compassionate legal counsel to every client. With our singular focus on meeting the needs of our clients, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of personal injury. We understand the anxiety and stress that come with personal injury, particularly when your future is uncertain. We’ll work hard to be available and accessible when you need to talk with us, and will keep you fully involved and informed throughout the legal process, making certain you always know where you stand and what your options and prospects for success are.
Responding to a Construction Site Accident
After any type of mishap, including a construction site accident, the first thing you need to do is attend to your injuries. Even if you can move about under your own power, you may want to first seek the input of others. If there’s a jobsite medical professional, request care immediately. If your injuries appear serious, ask someone to call for an ambulance and stay where you are until emergency medical technicians arrive. It’s important to understand that this is not the time to be strong or be a “hero.” Be willing to defer to the professional experience and guidance of EMTs and others. If they determine that you need hospitalization, don’t resist.
If, however, you feel comfortable getting up and moving about, immediately request the opportunity to leave work and seek medical care, whether at a hospital, an urgent care facility or the offices of a private physician. When receiving medical attention, tell the doctor about everything that hurts or is out of the ordinary, not just the obvious injuries. Don’t focus on the cuts or broken bones and forget to talk about your stiff or sore back or neck muscles. Make certain medical professionals document all their observations in writing.
Once you’ve had sufficient medical attention, you should contact an experienced workplace injury attorney. Your lawyer will work closely with you to ensure all details are addressed to protect your legal rights:
- All potential witnesses are identified and interviewed, and statements are documented in writing
- All physical evidence is protected
- Your employer is properly notified of the accident and the injuries sustained
- A determination is made as to whether any unrelated parties (other than your employer or a co-worker) contributed to causing the accident, so that you know whether you have the potential to file a lawsuit in court (in addition to a workers’ compensation claim)
- All necessary expert witnesses are brought in, including accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals and financial planners, so that a jury will have clear evidence of what happened, what injuries you suffered, and what you need to compensate you for your losses
Make an Appointment With Our Experienced Construction Accident Attorneys
For a private consultation with proven construction accident injury lawyers, contact us by e-mail or call Bailey & Galyen at 844-402-4530. Your first meeting is without charge or obligation. Evening and weekend interviews are available upon request and we can visit you at home or in the hospital, if necessary.
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We handle all construction site injury claims on a contingency basis. There won’t be any attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for your losses.