November 10, 2016
Do I have to use the lawyer my union recommends after an accident at a work site?
By Jonathan Damashek
Accidents in construction happen all of the time. The most common include falls from high places (scaffolds, ladders and roofs), slips and falls, electrocution, fires and explosions, and being hit by falling debris or by a vehicle. These accidents can have terrible consequences for construction workers and their families.
Construction employers must guarantee that safety measures are in place to prevent accidents and keep workers from being harmed. If they don’t, a worker who is injured should be compensated for his or her medical expenses and lost wages.
If an accident occurs, an injured worker would be well-served by consulting with a lawyer. A legal expert can guide a worker through every step of the process, making sure that his or her legal rights are always protected and that they receive the maximum compensation that they deserve.
After a construction accident, most victims and their loved ones believe that they must use the lawyer provided by their union. But many times, this recommendation is not made with the best intention, or in the best interest of the injured person and his or her family. When a union member is hurt and needs a personal injury lawyer, their worker’s compensation or personal injury claim is their claim and not the union’s. You have the right to choose a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable and who cares about your wellbeing and your family’s.
Hiring a lawyer outside the union will prioritize you and not the union. It is key to find a personal injury lawyer you can trust and who has the ability to fight aggressively for your rights. Take the time to find the lawyer you feel is the best to handle your case. The decisions you take during these time might make a very big difference in your family’s future.
Our attorneys have handled many cases related to construction accidents such as crush injuries, dangerous equipment, and defective tools among many others. We will guide you and your family through the entire process making sure that your rights are protected and you get the highest-possible compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and determine how to proceed in seeking compensation for the injuries and other damages you have suffered in a construction accident.