Injured on a Construction Site? Use this Checklist
Construction site injuries can often be severe, and leave the injured person permanently disabled and unable to continue working and providing for his or her family. Liability for such accidents can range from the Construction Company, contractors, property owners or even negligent third parties. Compensation for such accidents is often paid out by insurance companies that will do their best to minimize the amount of money they have to pay out.
Tips for Ensuring a Fair Injury Claim
In order for an injured person to protect their legal rights, the following steps should be taken to ensure a fair and complete compensation amount.
- It is imperative that you first report your Construction Site accident/injury to your Supervisor/Employer.
- Verify that your employer prepares an accident/injury report that properly details what your injuries are and how you sustained them.
- Document detailed contact information for all witnesses: names, addresses, and telephone numbers, etc .
- Use a camera to capture clear photographs of the accident site.
- Go to a doctor or hospital ASAP. You need have your injuries documented by a trained medical professional.
- Contact an experienced attorney who can evaluate all the facts and help determine your next best course of action.
- Providing appropriate protection/safety equipment to construction workers by owners and general contractors is a special responsibility imposed by the New York State Labor Law. This law also applies to masonry, painters, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, alarm installers and all trades if they are providing a service of alterations and/or repairs, installation, demolition, etc.
Get Legal Advice
Each construction site accident and injury is unique. It is always best to contact an experienced attorney for a case evaluation so that you can find out if your accident qualifies for recovery under the Labor Law. Your case is not just limited to injuries sustained on a construction site, many everyday work activities are covered.