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The Cost of Filing a Lawsuit for Construction Site Injuries

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Construction | 0 comments

If you or an immediate family member has been seriously injured on a construction site as a worker or an unfortunate bystander because of some negligence on the part of the construction company or other third party such as the city government, chances are you will need financial assistance for expenses related to medical treatment and recovery. A personal injury lawsuit is not usually the first recourse, because it can take time before such a case is resolved. Typically, the injured party seeks compensation directly from the liable company or third party, or files a complaint with the relevant regulatory agency, if applicable. If the claim is small enough, most liable parties would rather settle than get involved in litigation. However, if the claim is high enough to justify the expense or the third party denies liability, a personal injury lawsuit may be the best option to get compensation.

Most people would hesitate to contact a New York City construction accident lawyer, for example, where construction site injuries occur quite frequently given the nearly continuous construction ongoing in various parts of the city. They are afraid that they would incur expenses they can ill-afford. What they don’t know is that most personal injury lawyers conduct an initial consultation for free to discuss the case.

This makes a lot of sense because when the consultation is free, a lot more people will approach them with their cases. The lawyer will then pick which cases may be viable and conduct an initial investigation before taking on a client. This is because most personal injury lawyers in the US will not charge the client any upfront expenses until after the case has been resolved. When a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, for instance, takes on a case, it is because the lawyer thinks it is winnable, and they will agree on a fee that the lawyer will deduct from the final award. This is called a contingent fee, and it can be hefty, although most states place a ceiling on how big a percentage the lawyer can legally take. However, considering that those filing a lawsuit for most construction site injuries on their own will not see a single red cent in compensation, the contingent fee is a small price to pay.

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