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Indianapolis Construction Accident Lawyer

The Law Office of William W. Hurst has represented hundreds of individuals who have been injured while working at a construction site. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 14 out of 100 workers was injured on the job in 2015. Furthermore, the Indiana Department of Labor reports that 14 individuals died in construction accidents in 2016. If you’ve sustained an injury in a construction accident, or if you have a loved one who died in a construction accident, contact the Law Office of William W. Hurst today for a free consultation and to discuss your legal options.

Types of Construction Incidents That Cause Injuries or Death

Indianapolis Construction Accident AttorneyConstruction sites are inherently dangerous due to the nature of the work and the large, heavy machinery that’s required to build roads, buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes safety regulations that all industries must abide by, including the construction industry. These rules are in place to ensure that employers, contractors, and subcontractors keep their employees safe. The most common types of construction site accidents include safety violations, equipment failures, poor site security, and defective products.

If you are hurt on the job, you can likely seek compensation from the company that you work for if you are an employee (rather than an independent contractor), or from the manufacturer of a defective part or piece of equipment if it caused your accident. Poor site security may lead to a settlement or lawsuit against the property owner, your employer, or the security company responsible for the property.


Damages Available to Construction Workers

Construction workers injured on the job are eligible to recover some or all of the different types of damage awards that are available either through settlement or through a court trial. Damages that a court may potentially award an injured worker include:

  • Medical treatment and future medical treatment, including occupational and physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering if the pain you experience due to your injuries is serious and ongoing
  • Loss of income because of your inability to work, including future earnings and/or loss of earning capacity
  • Property loss if any of your property was damaged by the accident—like if a crane falls on your personal vehicle
  • Emotional distress, such as anxiety, sleep loss, and fear that is related to your accident
  • Loss of consortium, which may be awarded in an accident that was caused by the death of a spouse or if the accident caused a permanent injury, such as paralysis
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of life in cases where you lost a loved one
  • Punitive damages (in rare cases)

Punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the injuries were caused by the extremely careless or negligent actions of another. Think of punitive damages as a punishment for allowing the accident to happen. For example, if an employer refuses to supply the appropriate safety equipment, especially after the employer has already received a warning or citation for not providing the safety equipment, and your injuries were directly caused by the lack of that safety equipment.


Workers’ Compensation Issues

You should consider your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits following any workplace accident. Your attorney will help you file a claim. However, your claim may be denied unless you can prove without a doubt that you were injured on the job. At the Law Office of William W. Hurst, our attorneys will investigate the case, and if needed, will retain expert witnesses to testify about the working conditions that caused your accident and injuries. You have a limited amount of time to file for workers’ compensation and a lawsuit for your injuries, so you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you are unable to contact an attorney yourself, a family member may contact a construction accident lawyer on your behalf. If you must file a claim because of OSHA safety violations, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you file your claim on time. Additionally, OSHA will need to investigate the accident before the employer makes the repairs or adds the safety equipment that was missing or defective.


Why You Should Contact a Construction Injury Attorney

Many people would rather apply for workers’ compensation benefits themselves rather than utilize the services of an attorney. However, it is always best to retain a construction injury attorney due to the complex nature of these types of cases. Furthermore, other remedies aside from worker’s compensation may exist that you’re unaware of, including a lawsuit based on OSHA’s safety standards. An experienced construction accident injury attorney will know all potential legal recourses available to you.

Following an accident, you will also have to deal with insurance companies that cover your employer, and those insurance companies will have their own attorneys. While it is nice to settle a claim without litigation, an insurance company is going to attempt to pay out as little as possible. When you retain an attorney, you have a better chance of getting a higher settlement. Furthermore, if we feel that the settlement is not fair, we will gladly take your case to trial to ensure that you receive compensation for the full cost of your injuries.

Should your case go to trial, you’ll have many strict deadlines and requirements that you must meet to prevent the court from dismissing your case. During the discovery period, a court will require that you provide medical bills and any documentation that medical care is ongoing. Missing a court deadline could mean losing your case. Our staff and attorneys work with you to make sure that you have everything the court needs to proceed with your case, and we make sure that you’re aware of all court dates.

Of course, a settlement is the shorter route, but if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement amount that includes compensation for future medical bills that you may incur due to your injuries, you should file a lawsuit and take your case to trial.


Contact the Law Office of William W. Hurst

If you have been injured in a construction accident or if you have lost a loved one due to a construction accident, call the Law Office of William W. Hurst today at (317) 636-0808, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation with an experienced member of our legal team. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we work on a contingency basis, so your case won’t cost you anything unless we successfully secure compensation.

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FAQs
Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney