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Why construction workers don’t talk to a lawyer when they’re hurt

A construction accident can wreak physical, financial and emotional havoc in your life. If you are injured on the job, there may be huge medical bills and rehab costs, lost income and other serious problems for you and your family, now and in the future.

If you have been hurt while working construction, a lawyer may be able to help you recover full and fair money damages to help your family and make sure their needs are provided for. Construction injury lawyers understand how the law works when it comes to negligence and causes of injuries. In general, they offer a free, confidential consultation to review your case, and they don’t get paid unless you recover compensation for your losses.

So why do so many New York City workers fail to protect themselves and their families by not talking to an attorney following their injuries? Here are four common reasons.

 

They’re intimidated by lawyers or they fear the cost

Most of us don’t have to use a lawyer very often, if ever. Many people think they can’t afford a lawyer. Others are simply intimidated by the whole idea, so they don’t even try to get help.

They think workers’ comp will be enough

For some injured workers, this may be true. But others leave money (and important protections) on the table because they don’t have all the facts. In certain construction accident cases, filing a third-party injury claim, a lawsuit against a negligent party, is the right course of action.

They think they’re wimping out or going behind their employer’s back

Some people hold the belief that talking to a lawyer means you can’t handle your own problems. Others think they’d be disloyal to their employer or union. Many are afraid their employer will retaliate against them if they seek legal advice.

They don’t know who to talk to

New York may have more lawyers than any city on the planet, but it’s hard to discern which lawyer can help. Some people don’t trust the lawyers they see on TV or subway ads.

Truth: You have NOTHING to lose — and maybe a lot to gain

Every accident case is different. You owe it to yourself to speak to an attorney who understands what you’ve been through and who knows what options you have for moving forward.

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