Phoenix construction accident FAQs

Here's what you need to know regarding construction accidents in Phoenix

While construction can be a tough job, most workers are up to the challenge. Unfortunately, even the toughest worker can be derailed when injured on the job, especially when faulty equipment, improper training or someone else's negligence is the cause of the injury. If you've been injured in a construction work accident, it's likely you have certain questions about how you are going to pay the bills while you recover.

The Brewer Law Firm, P.L.L.C., has extensive experience in helping injured construction workers get help with bills and medical expenses. Below are the answers to a few common questions often asked of personal injury attorneys in the wake of a construction accident.

Why should I hire an attorney?

Recovering from a serious injury can be a full-time job. That is in addition to the medical bills and lost wages that occur following a work accident. As can be expected, when a worker is injured on the job, companies scramble to reduce their financial obligations. In order to ensure you get fair compensation for your injury, you must have your own experienced legal counsel to counter the often vast resources construction companies and insurance providers have at their disposal.

Who can I sue after a work injury?

Several parties may be liable in a personal injury claim after a work accident. Subcontractors whose employees were negligent may be liable, for example, or the property owner where the injury occurred. If faulty equipment was responsible for the injury, then the manufacturer may be liable.

Who will be a named defendant in a personal injury lawsuit depends on the circumstances of the injury, but often more than one party may be named a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, even if you are receiving workers' compensation benefits, there may still be third parties liable for damages not covered by workers' compensation.

How do I know who was at fault for the accident?

Numerous rules govern how construction firms must train workers. In addition, all construction firms must enforce common safety rules and properly equip workers to perform their job. Construction can be an inherently dangerous profession, and when firms do not adequately train and equip their workers, injuries occur.

A personal injury attorney can help discover the cause of the accident and who was at fault. During discovery, the part of litigation where parties prepare for trial, depositions, document requests and other information can be obtained that can point to who was at fault. Expert witnesses can testify as to standard safety practices and if they were met at the time of the accident.

Why contact an attorney right away?

The severity of an injury often is not apparent immediately after an accident. Yet long-term problems can arise after a work accident that can prevent a worker from keeping his or her job. In Arizona, however, there are time limits on when a worker can file a claim. When in doubt, it is best to contact a personal injury attorney right away to discuss options - waiting only makes filing a personal injury claim more difficult.

The Brewer Law Firm, P.L.L.C., is an experienced construction litigation law firm able to help injured workers explore their legal options in the wake of a construction accident.