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Construction accidents on the job come with the whole set of issues that are unique. There are many reasons that you should speak to a work comp lawyer about your injury on the construction site. Many of these issues are not obvious and a workers’ comp attorney should be able to spot issues unique to your case.
When you speak to your workers comp lawyer, please be prepared to discuss all of the circumstances surrounding the injury. Please let them know whether you were working for a general contractor or subcontractor. Sometimes, if an injury is caused by another company that is not your employer, such as another subcontractor or the general contractor, you may have the opportunity to seek remedies outside of the Worker’s Compensation system such as pain and suffering and loss of future earnings which often are not covered by the Workers’ Compensation system.
Did OSHA get involved in your construction accident?
If OSHA conducted an investigation, please ask the investigator to provide you with their name and phone number so that we may contact them and obtain a copy of the OSHA report when it issues. An OSHA report can contain important information regarding the parties involved in your injury. Often, they will also make determinations as to who was at fault in your case. The OSHA investigator does not have the final word as to whether or not you will receive compensation for your injuries so it is important to discuss this with a properly trained work comp lawyer before making any determinations as to whether or not to pursue a claim.
Did you get injured by equipment on the construction site?
In addition, if you are able to determine whether or not the equipment caused the injury, try to preserve the equipment that caused your injury as well. There may be a potential for a manufacturer’s defect lawsuit so it is important that the item that injured you is preserved for future inspection.
Also, when you have an initial consultation with a work comp lawyer, please make sure that you describe all of your job duties. The value of a Worker’s Compensation claim can go up or down depending on the occupational group assigned to you when finalizing the final formula of your level of permanent disability. Sometimes, drivers do heavy lifting. Sometimes, foreman also do much of the heavy lifting and hammering themselves. A job title is insufficient to determine which is your correct occupational group number. For that reason, it is important that you discuss with your Worker’s Comp. lawyer all of your job duties so that the most appropriate occupational group number is assigned to your case. The difference can mean tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.
There are many additional issues within the work comp system that you and your lawyer should talk about. If you are ever in need of assistance from a work comp attorney, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at (510) 257-4141.