Accidents at construction sites are more common than you might think. In fact, in 2016, over 20% of all work-related injuries and deaths occurred at construction sites. Because these sites can be so dangerous, employers have an obligation to follow strict safety measures to prevent injuries.
However, even when safety guidelines are followed and workers are equipped with the proper safety equipment, accidents can still occur. If you or a loved one has been injured at a construction site accident and are unable to return to work or face large medical bills, it’s essential to know your rights and how to proceed.
Below is a list of some of the steps you should take if you are ever injured at a construction site:
• Seek medical attention. First and foremost, seek medical attention and make sure you’re okay. Injuries that go untreated can grow worse over time, and if you fail to seek medical attention, you could jeopardize your case if you decide to pursue a claim. Even if you think the injury is not severe, see a doctor to make sure.
•Take pictures. If possible, return to the scene where the accident occurred and take pictures. Also, take photos of your injuries and the clothes you wore at the time of the accident. Save the clothes you were wearing during the accident and don’t wash them.
•Keep medical records. Make copies of all your records from doctor or hospital visits, as well as any expenses you paid for out of your own pocket because of your injuries.
•Ask witnesses for contact information. If there were witnesses at the scene of the accident, ask them if they’d be willing to give you their contact information. This could be helpful down the line if you decide to file a claim.
•Report the accident to your employer. This might seem obvious, but it’s imperative that you report your accident to your employer. If you fail to report your accident, your employer can deny you benefits like medical treatment and workers’ compensation for missed time at work. Don’t delay in reporting your accident.
•Contact an attorney. Even if you’re unsure whether you want to file a claim, consult with an experienced Bronx construction injury attorney to better understand your options.
Contact the Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn
Injuries suffered at work can cause all sorts of financial duress, not to mention the physical and mental pain that you suffer. If your accident was caused because of another person’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. At the Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn, we have over 30 years fighting for clients rights in court. Call us today at 718-409-5500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We also serve upstate locations including Delaware and Ulster County.