Have you been the unfortunate victim of an uncovered ditch at a construction site? Construction site owners must ensure their sites are safe for passersby, and accidents can happen when they don't uphold this duty. If you've been injured in a ditch fall, here are ways a personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
1. Reviewing the Facts of Your Case
Many personal injury lawyers will offer a free initial consultation to review the facts of your case and help you decide if filing a lawsuit is the right course of action. Here are some of the things your lawyer will likely want to know:
What were you doing when you fell into the ditch? Were you walking or working on the property?
How deep was the ditch? Were there any warning signs posted?
Did you suffer any injuries as a result of the fall? Are you still receiving medical treatment?
Have you missed work or incurred any other financial losses due to the accident?
What witnesses can attest to what happened? Do they have contact information?
Your lawyer will visit the accident site and collect evidence that may be important to your case. This evidence can include photos, witness statements, and construction records.
2. Identifying Liable Parties
Your lawyer will need to identify the party liable so that you can direct your claim to them. In some cases, multiple parties could be held responsible, including:
The property owner: This is the ultimate owner of the project and property
The construction company: If the ditch was part of an active construction site, the company responsible for the site may be held liable. This is because they must ensure that their site is safe for both workers and passersby.
The government or public agency: The government or public agencies may be liable if the ditch is located on public property.
3. Negotiating With Insurance Companies
A construction project must have insurance, and your claim will likely escalate there. Your lawyer will deal with the insurance company on your behalf to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries. This may involve negotiating a settlement for an initial demand and offer. Your lawyer will advise you if it's wise to settle or go to trial.
4. Filing a Lawsuit
If settlement negotiation fails, your lawyer will file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. This is a complex process because you will argue your case in court, but your lawyer will be with you.
If you've been injured in a construction ditch fall, you deserve justice because construction site project owners must ensure their sites are safe. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to see how you can be compensated for this negligent injury.