How to get comensated for dr bills, pain suffering loss of wages?

I was working for a construction company as a 1099 employee and they don’t have any insurance at all. We were adding a 2 story addition to an existing house and I fell from the 2nd story and broke 5 ribs and multiple fractures to my pelvis. I have been off work for 3 weeks and no clue when I will be able to go back. How can I get compensated for dr bills, pain suffering and loss of wages?

Asked on May 25, 2016 under Personal Injury, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

IF the construction company was at fault in causing the fall, such as by providing a faulty ladder, or no appropriate safety equipment, or a co-worker doing something dangerous or stupid, then you can potentially sue them for your injuries (medical bills; lost wages; some amount for "pain and suffering") based on their fault. But there must be fault, typically found in the form of unreasonable carelessness: if the contractor did nothing wrong and you fell for reasons unrelated to them (e.g. your own clumsiness; a gust of wind or water from rain; etc.), they are *not* liable. Only an at-fault  person might be liable for your injuries; if there is not other person at fault, you have to bear your own costs, losses, and damages.


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