Work injuries happen frequently, especially at construction sites. However, the construction company for which you work will not automatically pay for your injuries, even if you are an employee instead of a contractor. Here are a few things you should do to help ensure compensation for your injuries if you are injured while working on a construction site:
Advise the foreman quickly.
Be sure to advise your foreman of the accident as soon as possible. He or she will document your description of what transpired and can advise you of the steps needed to be treated by an approved physician. Emergency care will likely be immediately provided if needed, but if your injuries are not serious, an appointment may be made with a physician who is approved to treat workplace injuries by the construction company and the company's workers' compensation insurance.
Get witness statements.
Your coworkers that witnessed the incident will likely forget the details of the event if too much time elapses. It is best to have them record their recollection of what happened as soon after the event as possible. Their reports can help substantiate your claims concerning what occurred. Additionally, the information provided can help identify the cause of the accident, such as faulty equipment.
Try to reestablish safety and get medical attention.
If you are in an unsafe area or situation, try to make the area safer. If construction equipment is involved, it is important to have someone disengage the equipment as soon as possible if it is still in operation at the time of the incident, especially if you are in danger of greater injury. After you are out of harm's way, ask for medical attention. If your injuries are serious, an ambulance can be called to the construction site, or you can be taken to a nearby hospital. Even if you are unsure of the extent of your injuries initially, it is best to call for emergency help as soon as possible. The emergency personnel can determine the degree of your injuries and document your medical state. This can be important to the success of your work injury case. The documentation can be used to confirm that you actually were injured at the worksite.
To learn more actions that you can take to substantiate your workers' compensation claim and to ensure proper retribution, schedule a consultation with a work injury lawyer in your area.