Beverly Hills Construction Accident Injury Attorneys
Construction Accident Lawyer in Beverly Hills
The construction of new homes, condos, apartments, and office space has increased in recent years, and many renovation projects are in the works to bring older dwellings into modern times. When people hear the words “construction accident,” they often think of employees who have been injured on the job. In truth, not only are construction workers on job sites at risk of incurring injuries due to the negligence of others, but those passing through the site or living in areas where construction projects are taking place are also at risk.
If those injuries occur as a result of the negligent actions of a third party or if someone who is not a worker at the site is injured, compensation can be sought through California’s personal injury claims process. Our English- and Spanish-speaking Beverly Hills injury attorneys at Setareh Law can help you make sure you get the compensation you need and deserve following a construction accident.
The Construction Accident Claims Process
When an individual is injured at a construction site, and an attorney helps them determine that the logical avenue for seeking compensation is through a personal injury claim, the claim will be filed against the relevant liability insurance policy that is held by the at-fault party.
When the claim is received by the insurer, it will be assigned to a claims adjuster. The claims adjuster’s job is to evaluate the claim on behalf of the insurance company in order to determine if the policy the claim is filed against provides coverage for that type of accident, whether the insured was liable for the harm caused to the claimant, and how much compensation is owed to the claimant as a result of the insured’s liability.
The insurance provider can choose to pay the claim, deny the claim, or make an offer to settle the claim out-of-court, generally for less than its established value. If the provider fails to resolve the claim, it can be filed as a lawsuit in civil court, and a judge or jury will make the pertinent decisions about liability and compensation.
What Type of Compensation Is Available for a Construction Accident Claim in Beverly Hills?
Those who have been injured in construction accidents as a result of someone else’s negligence can seek compensation for both the expenses and quality-of-life impacts they experienced as a result of their injury. Common expenses included in a construction accident claim include:
- Medical Expenses: This includes not only hospitalization and the cost of services provided by physicians and surgeons but also prescription medication, ambulance transport, along with any other medical expenses or procedures that are needed to accommodate the injury.
- Lost Earnings: These will include the earnings from the claimant’s inability to work while recovering from their injury. If the injury is permanent, compensation can be sought for the lost earning capacity that the claimant will experience if they are no longer able to work or earn as much as they were making before the accident occurred.
- Property Damage: This can include damage to personal belongings resulting from poor workmanship in a newly-constructed building.
The type of psychological impacts that can be compensated through the claim include physical pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and other issues that burden the claimant’s ability to simply live a normal life injury-free.
These impacts are calculated based on a number of factors, such as the amount of insurance coverage that is available to compensate for the claim, the level of negligence that resulted in the accident, the severity of the injuries, and the presence of permanent injuries that will result in long-lasting impacts.
How Long Do You Have to File a Construction Accident Claim?
Beverly Hills construction accident claims generally follow the California personal injury statute of limitations, which is two years from the date on which the accident occurred. This is an extremely important date, as failing to file a lawsuit on the matter in court before this date passes will almost always result in the claimant being barred from using the court process to seek compensation. Additionally, the at-fault party’s insurance provider is not responsible for compensating a claim if it is filed after the statute of limitations has expired.
A construction accident lawyer will protect their claimant’s right to seek compensation both through the insurance claims process or the civil court by managing the timing of the claim. They can gather the evidence and documentation needed to prove the claim a lot faster than an injured party can on their own as attorneys have teams of legal professionals to assist them and a deep understanding of the type of information that must be submitted with the claim. They can also negotiate on their client’s behalf for a better settlement offer and navigate the formalities and expectations of the court process.
Contact Setareh Law if You’ve Been Injured In a Beverly Hills Accident
As noted, workplace accidents can be compensated through workers’ compensation or through the personal injury process, depending on the circumstances of the accident. If you’ve been injured at a construction site, our construction accident attorneys at Setareh Law can evaluate your case for free and help you understand if your claim is eligible for the personal injury claims process.