Written by attorney R. Michael Bomberger

What to do after being injured in a Construction Nail Gun Accident

Nails guns are frequently used in the construction industry to place nails quickly and accurately into steel, wood or masonry. With firing speeds of up to 1,400 feet per second, nails guns can inflict serious bodily harm if used improperly or defective. Examples of nail gun accidents include:

  • Nail shoots into the non-firing hand of a construction worker.
  • Nail fragments are propelled into the air and into the face, eyes or mouth of a worker.
  • Nail ricochets and penetrates a worker’s body.
  • Nail gun accidentally discharges and hits surrounding workers.

Some of the more common types of nail gun accident related injuries are: broken bone injuries, eye injuries, open head injuries, facial injuries, lacerations, internal organ injuries, brain injuries, and infections.

Treating Your Injuries

Following a nail gun accident injury, see your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor can make sure your injury is properly treated. Waiting to see your doctor could cause your injuries to worsen and create further medical complications. Adhere to your doctor’s follow-up recommendations and request a copy of your medical records.

Journal Details About Your Accident

Writing down the details of your nail gun accident could prove to be very useful during the litigation process. Write down how, why and when the accident occurred, and how you were injured. Write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of those who witnessed the accident and if possible, ask them to provide a written statement of their account of the incident. Your journaling should not stop there, however. Continue to make notes on how the injury has affected your way of life. For example, if you had to hire someone to help clean your house because your injuries now prevent you from executing this task, make a note of that.

Talk to a California Construction Accident Lawyer

Before talking to anyone else about your accident and injury, talk to a California nail gun accident lawyer. A consultation with an experienced construction accident lawyer can help you decide if legal action is the best path for you and your family. A knowledgeable lawyer can inform you of your legal rights, and explain the oftentimes confusing claims process. If you decide to file a personal injury claim, a reputable California construction accident injury lawyer can prepare and process all claim paperwork to ensure your claim is not denied. Almost all personal injury attorneys offer free consultation to discuss your case.

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