Construction can be a dangerous job, with potential hazards around every corner. According to federal and New York laws, construction workers deserve a safe working environment. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, putting workers at risk for severe injury.
Since construction accidents can, and will, happen, what should workers do if they have been injured? What steps can they take to ensure their injuries are treated and rights are protected?
The following are steps you can take if you've been injured in a construction accident:
- Get medical care - It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible for your injuries.
- Report the accident to your employer - Report the injury in writing to your employer or general contractor. In New York, you have 30 days to report the incident.
- Follow the prescribed treatment - It is important for your recovery and for your legal claim to follow your doctor's advice for treatment.
- Gather photographs and evidence - Take photos of the accident site and your injuries. Write down your account of the accident.
- File a claim - Fill out the claim form completely, being as specific as possible. It is important to file your claim as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in receiving benefits.
- Talk to an attorney - To ensure your rights are protected, it is in your best interests to consult with a lawyer with experience handling construction accident claims. They can review your case and make sure you receive the benefits you deserve for your injuries.