There is no job quite like a construction job. It can be extremely hazardous and deadly at times. When things are done correctly and everyone does what they need to do to protect themselves and each other, construction sites run smoothly, but when there is negligence involved, then there can be disastrous accidents. If you are seriously hurt on a construction site, please do not hesitate to reach out to us to set up a free consultation. Our Jacksonville construction accident lawyers will guide you through your case every step of the way and ensure that you are going to get the best possible result.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you are allowed to bring your construction accident case. Like most personal injury cases in Florida, you will have four years from the date of the accident to bring your case. It may seem like a long time and maybe you are tempted to wait to talk to an attorney, but that is not advised at all. You will run into some issues if you are trying to get the ball rolling on a case with a week left of your statute of limitations. Once the time runs out, there is nothing we can do to help you. It is a hard deadline that you must follow. We suggest that, as soon as possible you, you contact an attorney to get started on your case. It is so important that you do this so that you have the best chance at the strongest case possible.
How Compensation Works
Construction accidents function a little bit different than other personal injury cases in terms of compensation. Typically, construction accidents will leave you seeking relief through worker’s compensation. This covers your medical bills and lost wages. Sometimes, that is not your only avenue for financial relief. If there has been negligence involved in your injury, then you may be eligible to bring your personal injury claim to civil court for compensation. You will have to prove that there was a supervisor, third party, coworker, or company who was responsible for keeping you safe and that you were hurt because they did not do their job. We are able to help you with the logistics of that and we will do all the investigation to ensure we have all necessary information.
Important First Steps After Your Accident
The most important step is not necessarily going to be the first one you take. Most importantly, you need to seek medical attention. You will need to have your injuries looked at right away to ensure that you are not worsening your condition by ignoring it and that you are starting on the road to recovery. If you ignore the pain and try to see if it will get better on it’s own, you may be sorry. What might have been a smooth recovery could now involve surgery and delayed healing. Also, if you wait to seek medical attention, the insurance company will try to claim that you were not injured during your accident, that it happened at a later date or that your injuries were not bad enough to require compensation for.
The next important steps might happen first. If you are able to stay on the scene before seeking medical care, you need to do two things before leaving. You need to report your accident to a supervisor, employer, or project manager. You also need to collect evidence from the scene. That would include photos and videos of the hazard that caused your injuries as well as any obvious sign of injury on your body.
The third step is just as important as the others. You need to hire a competent and experienced attorney to help you on your journey to full and fair compensation. You want someone who specializes in personal injury and has extensive knowledge of construction accidents. Your lawyer will be able to collect further evidence, investigate the scene, and determine what the best avenue is for you to get adequate compensation.
Contact Our Jacksonville Construction Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, please do not hesitate to give our office a call today to set up a free case evaluation. We want to help you build a strong case against the liable party and hold their feet to the flame so that you get the results you deserve in the end. You are a priority to us and we will make sure you feel that way. The dedicated team of Jacksonville construction accident lawyers at Edwards & Ragatz have handled many cases just like yours and we want to support you all the way through the end. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.