It depends on the nature of the accident, but in most cases there does need to be an investigation into any construction site accident case. Ideally, the attorney would gain access to the scene of the accident fairly early in the process, which means you need to hire an attorney quickly.
The attorney needs to access the scene in order to gather any important, relevant evidence. If the investigation is delayed, that increases the odds that evidence will be lost or intentionally destroyed. An attorney can help seek access to the scene, and may be accompanied by experts in accident reconstruction. As part of investigating the scene, the attorney will seek out any evidence or testimony that will establish the cause of the accident.
As part of the investigation, the attorney will need to determine which parties are at fault for the accident. An employer, another employee, or a subcontractor may have committed negligence, which is a breach of a person’s duty of care. If the accident was caused by defective tools or equipment, the manufacturer of those defective items could be held liable for the accident under a legal theory called product liability. A company may have failed to follow the appropriate laws or safety standards, which can also help prove which party was at fault.
The attorney will work with the employer as well as any insurance companies involved in the accident. In many cases, the employee may receive workers’ compensation, so a qualified attorney can help make a workers’ compensation claim, as well as investigate to see if a personal injury lawsuit can be filed as well.
If you have been harmed in an accident on a Houston construction site, you should speak with an attorney. The attorneys at Kennedy Hodges can help. We are an established firm with a record of success in representing injured workers. Call us today at 855-947-0707 to schedule a free consultation on your case, or visit our Twitter page to learn more about the firm.