After a construction accident that leads to serious injuries, the victim of the accident will want to focus on their recovery. Often, this will mean they end up accepting whatever settlement is offered since they don’t have the time or ability to negotiate a higher amount.
Unfortunately, that can mean the person ends up receiving far less money than they’re owed and need to pay out-of-pocket costs. Once a settlement is accepted, it’s not possible to request more money. Instead of accepting a low settlement, it’s a better idea to talk to a lawyer. The lawyer can help with all of the following and more.
Receive Advice for Handling the Case
The injured person may not know what to do next, who to talk to about receiving compensation, or how to get started finding out what’s needed to request compensation. Lawyers like those at Galine, Frye, Fitting and Frangos have experience in these types of cases and are available to provide advice for moving forward. They can help the victim learn more about the local laws, provide information on what needs to be done to move forward and help the injured person avoid making costly mistakes.
Help Make Sure Deadlines are Met
There are various deadlines within a court case, and missing the deadlines can end the case immediately. A missed deadline can mean the victim is unable to receive any compensation for their injuries. There are some exceptions for missing a deadline, but it’s not a good idea to depend on them. Instead, working with a lawyer means that all deadlines will be met, such as the statute of limitations deadline that comes into play if it’s necessary to sue the liable party.
Gather Documents and Evidence for Case
Even if the case seems easy and it’s apparent who is at fault, evidence may be needed. The at-fault party’s insurance company is likely to try to deny the claim or minimize any potential settlement. Evidence can help prove the person was injured, show what their injuries were, and determine how the accident occurred.
All of this can be used to negotiate a higher settlement or to prove the case in court if a settlement can’t be reached. The lawyer can also get evidence that the victim may not be able to obtain on their own, such as video surveillance footage. Evidence like this could have a big impact on the outcome of the case.
Handle the Insurance Company
There are a number of common injuries from construction accidents, many of which can lead to serious or long-term health concerns. When someone is seriously injured in a construction accident, they will want to make recovering from the injuries a priority. While trying to obtain compensation, this can be difficult. Negotiations with the insurance company take time, and the person who is recovering may not be able to handle all of the calls or the long wait. Their lawyer, on the other hand, is able to deal with the insurance companies, gather evidence, and negotiate a higher settlement.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, don’t wait to hire a lawyer to help you. Call to schedule a consultation with a lawyer today to learn more about how they can help and the difference they can make in the amount of money you may receive due to the accident.