Workplace accidents and injuries are common in the construction industry. Often, when someone finds himself or herself hurt on a construction site, he/she is not always aware of what options he or she has through the workers’ compensation system.
There are a few different things that can happen following a construction site injury or accident, all of which will be difficult to successfully navigate on your own. First and foremost, the most important thing to do after you have been injured on the job is to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. The workers’ compensation system is complex, and therefore can be nearly impossible to navigate on your own without the proper legal guidance. That being said, there are a few steps that need to be taken to get the compensation you deserve after a construction accident.
Alert the Appropriate People
If you have been injured, it is important to alert your employer that an injury occurred. You may want to tell the construction site manager, your supervisor, and/or the employer’s main office of the injury. Your employer should have you fill out an accident report regarding what happened (try to get a copy if you can). By speaking with your employer, you make them aware that an injury occurred, making it easier for you to pursue a workers compensation claim if that becomes necessary. Also, by alerting your employer of the accident and the danger, you are allowing your employer to better prevent this type of accident again in the future. Reporting the injury to your employer is not essential to pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, but it is a good first step. Also, after your injury you should try and see a doctor as soon as possible in order to document that an injury occurred.
After your injury you can begin to speak with an attorney. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible will make the entire process easier for you and those who depend on you.
Moving Forward in the Workers’ Compensation Process
Every construction accident case is different. There are many ways that people become injured or ill on a construction site, but the most common include lifting accidents, electrical hazards, fall hazards, struck-by hazards, and caught-in or -between hazards. These types of injuries occur in many different ways, meaning that there is no set equation or process to determine and receive the compensation for your injuries. Every case has its own facts and circumstances and, therefore, needs it own special attention.
Feel Confident in Your Case
To feel confident that you are heading in the correct direction with your workers’ compensation case after a construction accident, speak with an attorney. This system is complex and is intentionally set up to be difficult. However, the attorneys at The Harris Firm understand these cases and work with injured construction workers regularly.
We understand how dangerous these jobs can be, and how scary it can be after you have been injured or become ill due to an accident on site. Do not feel as if you are alone moving forward in this process. It can be difficult to navigate on your own, so contact us today. We want to help you receive the compensation that you deserve for your construction injury or work-related illness. Call us today.