Accident in a Work Zone: What Happens Next?
Most of us avoid work zones where possible, but sometimes, it’s just not an option to stay away. Whether you need to get to work or home or there’s no detour, you may have to pass through a work zone sometimes. Unfortunately, you might have gotten injured while in that work zone.
You might be wondering what happens next. If you need to seek compensation for your injuries, you’ll need to understand that navigating the legal system can be difficult without help. If you’re struggling with your claim, we’re here to help you fight for your compensation and recover from your injuries.
Finding the Responsible Party
If you’re injured in a car accident because of a negligent roadside construction company, your first thought might be that you’ll need to seek compensation from the workers in question. But you may actually need to take action against the company itself.
In these situations, the individual worker is acting within the scope of his or her employment while on the clock. Generally, this means that the employer is at least partially liable for the actions of its employees.
By making sure you’re suing the correct party, you’ll make the claims process simpler and reduce your chance of your claim being denied so you can get the compensation you deserve sooner.
Determining Your Damages
Once you’ve determined who’s responsible for your damages, you’ll then need to determine the monetary value of those damages. This can help you negotiate with the insurance company, as well. They may offer you a settlement, but you’ll need to be sure you’ll get the full settlement you deserve before you agree to anything.
You’ll also need to ensure you’re getting both types of damages you’ll need to recover: economic and non-economic. Your economic damages should cover any financial losses you’ve suffered because of the work zone accident, such as the medical treatment you’ll need for your injuries. These are usually easier to calculate because they cover the expenses you’ve suffered.
But you should also be compensated for the pain and emotional suffering you’ve been put through. Damages like this can be more difficult to determine. Calculating the value of non-economic damages usually requires a lawyer, who will have the tools and knowledge you need on your side.
Not sure what to include? You might need some of the following damages covered:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Call an Austin Car Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been involved in an auto accident in a work zone, what happens next? If you’re like most victims of accidents like this, you’ll probably need to team up with an attorney. It’s tough to handle a personal injury case alone, but a lawyer from the Colley Firm, PC can give you the guidance you need.
If you’re struggling with your case, take advantage of our firm’s free case reviews, where a lawyer will discuss how we can help your case succeed. For more information, call us at 512-477-2001 or complete the online contact form below.