Construction site accidents are common occurrences. They can lead to serious and fatal injuries. Claiming compensation following the accident can help you cover medical costs, lost wages, emotional distress, wrongful death, and other damages. However, the steps you take following a construction accident are crucial. They determine whether you will receive worker’s compensation benefits or compensation from other liable third parties. Here are important steps to take following a construction accident:
- Get medical attention
- Notify your supervisors
- Gather information and witness statement
- File Claim
- Speak to an attorney
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, getting medical attention should be your first priority. Medical treatment is necessary in order to evaluate and treat your injuries, as well as to keep a record for filing compensation claims. Your employer may direct you to a specific medical center for treatment. However, if you believe your condition was not properly diagnosed, it is wise to obtain a second opinion.
Notify your supervisor of your injuries and accident details in writing. The notification should be submitted within 30 days from the date of injury so that your employer may notify the insurance company.
Take pictures of any visible evidence at the accident scene. If your co-workers witnessed the accident, obtain their contact information. Witness statements can be used as evidence to prove your case.
You must file a claim within two years from the time of the accident. If you fail to file within the time limit, you may lose your right to compensation. File an Employee Claim form with the Worker’s Compensation Board. Complete the form(s) and mail it to the Worker’s Compensation Board’s district office in your area.
It is important to retain legal representation from an experienced attorney. He or she can review your case, investigate the facts surrounding the case and ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to. If your worker’s compensation claim is denied, a skilled attorney can appeal the claim. In addition, an attorney can assist in filing a third party claim against the liable parties, such as machinery or equipment manufacturers, contractors, subcontractor, etc.
Construction Accident Injuries: Contact The Reinken Law Firm
If you or a loved has been injured in a construction site accident, take quick action to protect your rights. Our construction accident attorneys can give you the assistance you need to recover the full compensation you deserve. Call us at 203-541-0090 / 800-987-8780 or fax at 203-325-8807.