Not only are construction sites notoriously hazardous, but the industry itself has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous of all occupations. By their nature, construction sites are filled with risks and hazards, and these dangers only compound when you have multiple contractors working, and even worse, poorly trained workers who do not work safely or responsibly.
Construction sites tend to involve heavy machinery, power tools, and workers are often performing their duties on top of roofs and at significant heights, which contributes to the high risk of falls. It’s not uncommon for some projects to involve the risks of electrocutions, explosions, or even trench collapse. Even when workers use the appropriate safety equipment, they can still be seriously injured.
When people are injured, it’s human nature to experience emotional distress. In many cases, emotional distress damages can account for a portion of one’s personal injury recovery. If you are injured in an accident, you may receive compensation for economic damages such as medical bills, and lost income, but you may also receive compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
The amount of non-economic damages such as emotional distress damages, varies from case to case depending on the nature of the injuries; even if you don’t file a lawsuit for your injuries, your attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that will include damages for any emotional distress you may have suffered.
After an accident, you will likely be contacted by one or more insurance companies. These initial conversations occur shortly after the accident, and at a time that you may be in the hospital, in pain, or feeling distraught over what happened. By following a few common-sense principles, you can prevent yourself from saying or doing something that could adversely affect your settlement or verdict.