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Las Vegas Accident and Injury Lawyers - Alex & Orlando De CastroverdeLas Vegas is constantly under construction, whether new buildings are going up or old structures are getting facelifts through remodeling. Accidents can happen anytime, and while the workers know that they’re placing themselves in danger, an innocent bystander may not. If a building collapses during the construction phase, workers’ compensation will cover injuries sustained by the employees on-site, but what happens to the pedestrians passing by? When innocent people are affected by a building collapse or construction accident, it can result in a personal injury.

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What Is a Personal Injury Claim?

When someone is hurt in an accident in which another party is at fault, they may have a personal injury claim. The claim seeks monetary compensation for economic and non-economic damages resulting from the injury. Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, chiropractic expenses, transportation to and from appointments, rehabilitation, future medical bills, and future lost wages. Non-economic damages include mental anguish, emotional stress, loss of joy in activities, pain, and suffering. If a defendant is found to have acted in gross negligence or maliciously, punitive damages may also be awarded by the court to punish the at-fault party further.

What Types of Injuries Occur in a Construction Accident?

The types of injuries resulting from a building collapse or construction accident can vary from minor to severe and include, but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Paralysis.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Loss of a limb.
  • Lower back injury.
  • Knee injury.
  • Torn tendons or ligaments.
  • Fractured bones.
  • Shoulder injury.
  • Death.

If an innocent pedestrian dies due to injuries from a building collapse or construction site accident, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim can cover medical bills, the cost of funeral and burial, as well as pain and suffering. The pain and suffering can include loss of love and affection, spousal intimacy, parental guidance, companionship, care, and household services. These claims fall under loss of consortium as a part of pain and suffering.

What Are Common Causes of Accidents to Pedestrians at a Building Collapse or Construction Site?

While accidents at a building collapse or construction site can vary in nature, there are a few common causes of these types of accidents, including:

  • Hit by a falling object.
  • Struck by a construction vehicle.
  • Trip over materials or debris.
  • Get electrocuted.
  • Slip and fall.
  • Get caught in or between objects.

Regardless of how an accident happens, when an innocent bystander is injured at a construction site, workers’ compensation will not cover their injuries because they are not construction company employees. Filing a personal injury claim is the best recourse for recovering damages caused by the injury.

Who Is Responsible for Injuries Resulting From a Building Collapse or Construction Accident?

Many times injuries result from the negligent actions of a construction worker, a construction company, a product manufacturer, or a third party. When an accident happens, the injured party may have a case against the individual or company.

  • Negligent construction worker. Suppose a construction worker is at fault for the accident, either due to not following safety protocol or failing to perform a required task. In that case, they may be held liable for the damages resulting from the accident.
  • Negligent construction company. There are rules that companies must follow that are outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Failure to do so constitutes negligence on the part of the construction company, resulting in the employer or site manager being held liable for any accidents resulting from this negligence.
  • Negligent product manufacturer. Equipment and products used for the construction can also cause accidents. If a defect or flaw in a consumer product or equipment causes the accident, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer, supplier, or distributor.
  • Negligent third party. Suppose the accident is caused by someone not associated with the construction company, such as a third-party contractor or vehicle driver. In that case, you may have a personal injury claim against them.

In some cases, a combination of the above can be held accountable in a personal injury case.

Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to File a Personal Injury Claim After a Building Collapse or Construction Accident?

No. You’re not required to hire a personal injury attorney to file a claim against the at-fault party in a building collapse or construction accident. However, it can be helpful to know that by hiring an experienced lawyer, you increase your chances of winning your case and increase the potential award paid out in a settlement. A skilled attorney will help you file your claim, investigate the accident, take care of any paperwork, negotiate with the at-fault party’s lawyer, and represent you in court should it go that far.

The at-fault party will have an attorney working hard to keep the payout to a minimum, so you should have an experienced lawyer on your side. The team at De Castroverde has vast experience with personal injury cases and can guide you to a fair settlement. They will fight to protect your rights and get you the damages you deserve to cover your bills and lost wages.

What Is the Average Payout for a Personal Injury Claim?

There’s no one answer to this question as each personal injury case is unique, and each victim has different needs. Factors that impact the payout on a personal injury claim include:

  • Type of injury.
  • The severity of the injury.
  • Medical prognosis.
  • Required rehabilitation.
  • Medical needs.
  • Future medical needs.
  • Lost wages.
  • Future lost wages.
  • Ability to return to work.
  • Disputed liability.

The team at De Castroverde will apply their knowledge to your unique situation to provide you with the amount they believe you deserve for a personal injury claim. During your free case evaluation, we can give you an estimate based on the information you provide.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a building collapse or construction accident, reach out to the team at De Castroverde. You can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 702-222-999 or via our secure online message form. A team member would be happy to answer any questions you may have or get you set up for a free case evaluation.

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Should I Hire a Car Accident Attorney?

An attorney can assist you in filing an insurance claim in Las Vegas that seeks a fair amount of financial compensation for your injuries as well as property damage. Even a minor accident can be complex to deal with. The insurance company may attempt to offer you a settlement amount that is below the actual worth of your claim. The other party may deny responsibility altogether and may try to say the accident was your fault. By having a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer skilled in handling auto accidents at your side, you can be sure that your interests are protected.

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  • Blue check mark IconOutline a legal plan of action.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are Some Common Accident Injury Types?

    Many victims of accidents sustain injuries of varying degree. Common types of injuries that occur from the accidents listed include:

    How much will this injury impact a life? How long will it take for a victim to recover? These answers vary depending on the degree of injury a victim suffers with after an accident. Usually, an injury takes a certain amount of time to heal, and a victim can fully recover and move forward with their lives. However, severe injuries like a brain or spinal cord injury, on top of taking months or even years to fully heal, may not allow a victim to ever return to a completely normal life.

  • What is the Cost of Injuries in Las Vegas?

    On average, unintentional personal injury leads to more than $19,000 in medical expenses for victims in Las Vegas. However, more serious accidents can lead to much more disastrous consequences and significantly higher medical bills. While medical bills and lost wages are easy to quantify, provided all the paperwork is in order, the loss of quality of life can be a more difficult thing on which to place a dollar figure.

  • What Are Non-Economic Damages?

    Quality of life can mean many different things; driving a car, exercising or even doing household chores can all be included here. If you are in an accident, the injuries sustained can have a permanent effect on your ability to do the things you used to do every day. These are known as non-economic damages.

    Emotional anguish, loss of consortium, or even the inability to cook dinner for your children fall under this umbrella. If you led an active lifestyle and can no longer play sports in any way, then compensation can be sought for the loss of what once was a normal life for you. If your children lose the guidance and support they once had from you, then your family can seek compensation for that as well.

    An experienced attorney can fight on your behalf for fair compensation when non-economic damages are apparent. Broken bones and lacerations will heal, but the lasting damages can remain long after the cast has come off. Therefore, your personal injury lawyer will wait until you have achieved maximum recovery to file the claim. That way undiscovered injuries caused by the accident will reveal themselves in full, thereby allowing you to be compensated for them.

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