Working on a construction site and suffering an injury can be a terrifying experience. Even if you are employed at a location that has implemented all of the relevant safety measures, serious accidents can still happen.
Whether you’ve recently been hurt on a construction site or you’re curious about what to do in this scenario, this article will provide helpful insights.
See a Doctor
It doesn’t matter how major or minor the injury seems; you should always seek medical attention after a work-related injury. Depending on the situation, you may have a medical professional on-site to assess the injuries. Even if this is the case, you should visit a clinic or hospital right away to properly document your injuries. In most states, the cost of medical care is at least partially covered by workers compensation. If you fail to visit a doctor and you later try to file a workers comp or personal injury claim, it may be more difficult due to the lack of documentation.
Gathering as much information as you can regarding your accident and injuries is critical. Having all of this information on hand can help prevent delays and put you in a more favorable position to recover workers comp benefits. The following are some of the things you should keep in mind:
Contact details for the witness. Ask for the contact details of any witnesses to the accident. Your attorney may need to depose eyewitnesses to determine liability and causation. This will be especially important if your lawyer or the insurance company disputes your claim.
Photos of the scene. Take pictures of the accident scene if you can. For example, if your company failed to supply the appropriate safety equipment and the photos show this fact, it could contribute to the strength of your case.
Medical records. In order to be reimbursed for medical expenses in the future, you must begin keeping track of all of your medical costs now. In addition to storing invoices and receipts for medical care, it’s important that you keep a journal of how the injuries are affecting your personal and emotional wellbeing.
At the end of the day, the outcome of your case will hinge on the strength of your evidence. Photos of the scene, witness statements, surveillance footage, medical documents and other financial documents can all contribute to your claim.
Focus on Your Health
While it’s easy to be distracted by the financial implications of your injury, it’s important that you prioritize your health. This is essential not only for ensuring your physical wellbeing but also for giving your claim the best chance of success. If you miss doctors appointments or engage in activities that aggravate your injury or prolong your recovery, this could have a negative impact on the outcome of your case. Always follow your doctor’s orders and with every decision consider how it could impact your injury and your claim.