You are always given a statute of limitations when you are pursuing a claim. This is the amount of time that you have to bring your claim or have it settled in civil court. The statute of limitations in Georgia is two years starting from the date of your accident.
Although two years may seem like a while, you should never wait to talk to an attorney. You want them to have as much time as possible to build the strongest case. If they are further crunched for time, they may not be able to maximize your case.
If you try to bring a case late, you will no longer be eligible for compensation. The statute of limitations defines a hard deadline and, once it passes, there is nothing anyone can do to help you. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better off you will be.
There is a considerable difference between any given personal injury case and a construction accident case in terms of compensation. Usually, a construction accident case means that you are going to go through your employer’s workers’ compensation benefits. That can compensate you for past and future:
There are instances in these cases, however, where you may have more than one option for compensation. If there was a third party involved in causing your accident, you may be able to make a claim against them. You are not allowed to sue your employer, but a third party that was negligent can be held liable for your injuries.
You will have to prove that they were the cause of your injuries. They will have either had to act in a way that harmed you or neglected to do something that would have protected you from harm.
Your lawyer will be able to go over the details of your case and help you determine the track you should take to get the fullest compensation award possible.
There are three very crucial steps that you need to take after you have been injured in a construction accident:
Reporting your injury is going to be a key step, if you want to receive compensation. You will likely do this before you do anything else. You need to tell a supervisor or your project manager that you were hurt and they need to file a report. Get a copy of this report so that you can have it for your records. Do not just tell a coworker what happened as you leave; you need to get your accident in writing to have a claim.
It is very important to get medical care as soon as you possibly can, as well. Your health is the top priority over anything else. You should have a doctor look at your injuries and treat them as soon as you can get there. If you try to ignore your injuries, you are at risk of them getting worse and turning into serious problems. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you will recover from your injuries. Listen to all of the advice that you doctor gives you and do all of the follow up they request.
Another risk you take if you wait to seek medical attention is drawing the suspicion of the insurance company. They will look at your records and they will either claim that you lied about how bad your injuries were or how you got hurt. That would give them grounds to reduce your claim or eliminate it completely.
The third step is also so very important to the success of your case. You have to work with a competent lawyer who knows how to handle construction accident cases. You should hire someone who has specialized experience with these cases and knows what evidence needs to be collected, how scenes should be investigate, and how to put you on the right path for full compensation.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a construction accident, please call us right away to set up your free initial consultation. We want to be there to help guide you through the process and make sure that you have a strong case from start to finish.
We will work tirelessly to get you the results that you deserve. It is important that you find Georgia construction accident lawyers who know what they are doing. We have handled cases like yours successfully and we want to get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible. Please call us today.