Frequently Asked Questions About California Construction Accidents
Construction sites are dangerous places, full of exposed wiring, power tools, large vehicles and other hazards. If you are recovering from a construction injury in California, you may wonder what kind of compensation you are entitled to. Here are some construction accident FAQ we hear at The Law Offices of Christian J. Amendt:
My workers’ compensation settlement does not cover my medical bills. What should I do?
Even if you have already received workers’ compensation benefits, you are still eligible to file a lawsuit against a third party who is responsible for your injuries. This could include an on-site subcontractor, the manufacturer of a piece of faulty equipment or even the property owner themselves.
I was hurt on the job a while ago. Can I still file a claim?
In California, the statute of limitations for filing a civil liability claim is two years from the date of the injury. However, if the incident involves a government entity, for example if the work is done in state office building or on city property, a claim must be filed within six months from the date of the injury. After this, you are not allowed to take legal action, even if the party in question was responsible for your injury.
What kind of compensation could I receive?
Depending on your exact circumstances, you could receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering (both past and future), disfigurement and disability. If your injury was particularly egregious, you could be eligible for punitive damages as well.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer? Do I need to pay upfront?
You do not need to pay upfront. There are no fees unless your attorney wins your case. The exact fee your attorney or firm receives after a settlement or verdict is reached in your favor varies significantly and depends on each case. We can discuss with you how personal injury contingency fees work and how that would apply to your particular case in a free consultation.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Construction accidents are notoriously complex because of the intricate web of interconnected third parties who are on-site at any given time. Insurance companies will fight vigorously to deny compensation, even in cases of clear and obvious negligence. To combat this, we will go over every single detail of your case and corroborate it with testimony from construction safety experts. Only then will you stand a good chance of receiving the settlement you deserve.
I have more questions. How can I reach you?
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