You probably already realize that construction is a dangerous job. Everyone is responsible for taking precautions in or around a construction site, even people who aren’t working. However, this doesn’t mean that project managers and city planners are off the hook. Any time that someone is injured on a construction site, whether a worker or a bystander, a lawsuit is possible.
There are many ways that an accident can occur on a construction site. Falling, getting trapped or crushed, and even electrocution are all possible causes of injury and death. Malfunctioning equipment can pose a number of risks, many of which are difficult to anticipate as technology changes and grows. People not directly affected by the injury may develop post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of witnessing an accident, particularly if it resulted in someone’s death.
An injury on a construction site can have a lasting impact on your life, your health, and your livelihood. If you’ve incurred such an injury, you will probably seek compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. However, damages may be less tangible than these. Chronic pain, diminished quality of life, and mental distress resulting from a traumatic incident may be more difficult to put a dollar value on, but you should consider all the ways your injury might affect you in the future before going forward. An attorney can help you calculate damages and maximize both your payout and your chances of winning.
Personal injury lawsuits often have a higher payout than worker’s compensation, especially if you can prove negligence on the part of a responsible party. For this reason, you should seek legal counsel before choosing which route to take. The Franco Firm can help you decide the best options for your particular case. Call us at (813) 872-0929 to schedule a consultation.