Construction has always been considered a sign of progress. But despite being such a vital part of maintaining and improving the American standard of living, working in construction is rife with numerous hazards, dangers, and threats to physical health.
And while most construction companies offer worker’s compensation, if you have reason to believe the accident was caused in part by the negligence of the company, one may want to consider filing a lawsuit either in court or through your respective worker’s compensation insurer if receiving benefits. Here are some things to gather and perform on your part to assist your attorney and help your case:
1. Pictures of the accident site: These pictures are your hard proof that the accident did in fact, happen. Try to get the pictures as soon as possible as weather conditions, tidy and unaware coworkers, and other factors may alter the scene of the accident and diminish the evidence.
2. Detailed accounts from coworkers: If any coworkers were around, get any details of the accident from their point of view. This is extremely valuable as it provides further insight into what happened as well as what could’ve led up to the accident. The more points of view, the more details you can give of what happened making for a stronger case.
3. Report the incident to your employer and make sure an official report is filed by your supervisor/foreman: You are required by law to make a report not only to even begin the process of a personal injury claim, but also for the purpose of adding to statistics so the federal government will know what to examine and determine how the industry should be further regulated.
4. Seek medical attention immediately and regularly: This is the way to officially document your injury along with all the adverse effects it may have on your life and finances. You may have a seemingly minor injury that seems not worth a trip to the hospital, but over time it could get worse and your case could be weaker because it could be claimed that you didn’t consider the injury serious enough to seek medical help.
With the U.S. Department of Labor reporting that there were approximately 2.9 million non-fatal accidents and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017, one should be aware of what to do in the event of a life-changing construction accident.
A construction accident is a physically and mentally taxing event. And while worker’s compensation covers medical fines and wage loss, if there is negligence, you deserve all the benefits that can be obtained from a personal injury lawsuit.
Thanks to our friends from Eric Roy Law Firm for their insight into construction accidents.