Your crew, your pay, the satisfaction you gain after a hard day’s work; these are all aspects of your job that it worthwhile to work in construction. The workplace hazards and safety issues that you face daily; these are the drawbacks you tolerate to support your family and keep food on the table.
No one wants to think about getting hurt at work. But if you learn how to respond to a construction accident before it happens, you will take the first step toward building a strong personal injury claim. This is a smart way to protect your family’s future and get the compensation you deserve.
4 steps to follow after you’ve been hurt at work
1. See a doctor for your injuries. If you are filing a personal injury claim against your employer or your employer’s insurer, it is critical to provide a medical record after your accident. Without this documentation, you will not be able to build a strong claim.
2. Record as much information about the accident as you can. If you are able to return to work, take pictures of the accident site and any dangerous equipment that may have caused your injuries. Write down as much as you can remember from the accident and ask witnesses to provide their recollections. Your employer may challenge your claim, so it is important to provide as many details as possible.
3. Report your injury to your employer or your supervisor. Although you are not filing a workers’ comp claim after your accident, it is still smart to notify your employer about your accident. Provide this information in writing and retain a copy for future use.
4. Discuss your case with a skilled attorney. Injured workers often avoid reporting their accident to their employer or filing a claim because they fear their employer will retaliate against them. It is illegal for an employer to demote, threaten or respond in ways that jeopardize an employee’s position. A knowledgeable attorney understands employee’s rights and will work to secure a favorable outcome.
Planning for a workplace accident is not pleasant, but it can make a difference in the settlement you receive. Take the time today to look after your family and your future.