Every year, tens of thousands of construction workers suffer injuries on the job in the United States. As a construction worker, you have a right to expect that your work environment will be safe. However, poor supervision, inadequate equipment, carelessness, and lack of maintenance can all lead to dangerous accidents and lasting injuries.
If you suffer a lifelong disability in a construction accident, construction accident lawyer Michael E. Shelton can help. For four decades, he has helped construction accident victims secure compensation for their injuries. Contact our Houston, TX practice to schedule a time for us to review your case.
Short-term Injury vs. Lifelong Disability
From scaffold falls to crane accidents, construction injuries can be severe. No matter the type of accident, if you are a victim, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your costs. The question is, how much?
Estimating damages for a short-term injury is less difficult than estimating damages for a lifelong injury. Although a short-term injury may require surgery, physical therapy, and other medical treatment, you will eventually heal and return to work.
A lifelong injury, on the other hand, may prevent you from ever returning to work. In addition, it may require long-term care at home or in a facility. A projected estimate must be made for all of the medical expenses, lost income, and reduced earning capacity endured over the course of a lifetime, which can be complicated.
Lifelong Disability: Estimating Damages
To arrive at a figure, a construction accident attorney will evaluate different types of damages, including:
- Medical Expenses: Factors that affect medical expenses for a permanent disability include not only immediate medical treatment at a hospital or other care facility, but also medications, physical therapy, prosthetic limbs, and modifications to the home to make it more accessible.
- Loss of Income: Even if you are able to return to work at some point, you will have missed paychecks while recovering. In addition, you may have difficulty finding employment or be offered a lower pay grade if your ability to perform essential tasks has been affected.
- Quality of Life: A lifelong injury may have a significant impact on your quality of life. You may have difficulty partaking in or enjoying activities you once took for granted and suffer from an emotional standpoint as a result.
How a Construction Accident Attorney Can Help
You are entitled to receive appropriate care and compensation for your construction injury. To ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to, it is essential to hire a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer.
With 40 years of experience, attorney Michael E. Shelton knows how to ensure you receive fair compensation. From assessing the extent of your medical costs to evaluating the factors that affect your quality of life, he knows how to arrive at a fair figure for your hardship.
Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer
A lifelong disability is devastating, especially for anyone who has spent his or her career in an active profession such as construction. If you suffered a workplace accident injury resulting in a lifelong disability, contact attorney Michael E. Shelton at (713) 807-0700 to receive the compensation you deserve.