What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Construction Accident Lawyer?
If you work in construction and have been injured on the job, what you do next could impact your life for weeks, months, or even years to come. Construction accident injuries can be incredibly expensive, and filing a successful claim is often crucial for your long-term physical and financial well-being.
When it comes to filing a claim, you have two options: (1) you can try to handle your claim on your own or (2) you can hire a construction accident lawyer to represent you. Here are six benefits of hiring a construction accident lawyer:
Benefit #1: Making Sure You Stay Eligible for Workers’ Compensation
Most construction workers are eligible for workers’ compensation. However, just because you qualify for workers’ comp does not mean that you can’t lose your eligibility for benefits.
Among other things, you need to report the accident accurately and on time, you may need to see an approved doctor, and you need to follow the orders and recommendations of any medical professionals involved in your care. Mistakes on your part may result in your workers’ compensation claim being denied or your benefits being prematurely terminated.
Many workers try to handle workers’ comp claims on their own. In reality, it is in your best interest to consult a workers’ compensation attorney if you are hurt on the job. A knowledgeable lawyer can advise you what you need to do to get the benefits you deserve.
Benefit #2: Making Sure You Seek Maximum Benefits
Many workers are unaware of what they are entitled to after a job-related accident. If you have been injured while working on a construction site, it is important to be aware of what is covered by workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ comp pays medical expenses related to a work injury. If you will be unable to work for an extended period of time or permanently, you are also entitled to disability benefits.
A construction accident lawyer can help ensure that you receive full coverage for your medical care and accurately calculate your disability benefits based on all relevant factors.
Benefit #3: Helping You Avoid Early Termination of Benefits
Once you start receiving benefits, you need to make sure you continue receiving them for as long as you are entitled to coverage. Employers and their workers’ comp insurers may try to terminate a worker’s benefits early. If you aren’t careful, you could easily end up without the full benefits you need and deserve.
When you hire a construction accident lawyer to represent you, your lawyer will continue to represent you throughout your claim. Your attorney will take action on your behalf if your employer or the insurance company tries to avoid paying the full benefits you are rightfully owed.
Benefit #4: Finding Out If You Have a Claim Outside of Workers’ Compensation
Construction accidents can result from a variety of different factors. Depending on what causes the accident, you may have one or more claims outside of workers’ comp.
Contractor negligence, property owner negligence, and unsafe construction equipment are just a few examples of the numerous potential grounds for pursuing a third-party personal injury claim for a construction accident. If you have a personal injury claim, a construction accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation above and beyond your workers’ comp benefits.
Benefit #5: Maximizing Your Overall Financial Recovery
From negotiating a workers’ compensation settlement to filing a claim or claims outside of workers’ comp, there are many ways a construction accident lawyer can help maximize your overall financial recovery. When you hire an experienced lawyer to represent you, you can feel confident that you are not unknowingly leaving money on the table.
Benefit #6: Taking Additional Legal Action as Necessary
Finally, hiring a construction accident lawyer is essential if your workers’ comp claim is disputed, if your benefits are denied, or if you have a third-party claim. A knowledgeable attorney can appeal adverse decisions concerning your workers’ comp benefits and file a lawsuit against negligent third parties.
Both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims are typically resolved through negotiations. However, it may be necessary to go to court, and it is crucial to have an experienced attorney who can represent you effectively.
Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been hurt on the job, legal concerns should be the least of your worries. At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, our construction site accident attorneys will fully investigate construction accidents and identify all of your legal options for pursuing fair compensation.
Please call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi at (201) 585-9111 today for a free consultation. Our construction accident lawyers serve clients in Fort Lee and throughout New Jersey, as well as New York.