Construction site work is inherently dangerous. In fact, the risk of sustaining a serious injury as a construction worker is higher than most other industries. This only makes sense, as when most of us walk by a construction site, we often see heavy machinery, uneven foundation, high ladders, and so many other risky elements.
When a construction worker gets hurt on the job, it is important that they put their health and wellness first. The culture in many workplaces is to act like injuries aren’t a big deal, and to move on without reporting them. While this may benefit an employer, it certainly doesn’t make life easier for the injured worker.
Notify Your Employer Immediately
Do not wait to notify your employer of the workplace accident and your subsequent injuries. Your employer should set you up with a doctor to see the same day if you wish, as well as provide paperwork to submit a workers’ compensation claim. As an employee who was injured on the job, you may be entitled to benefits that cover your wage loss and medical bills.
Gather Helpful Information
Obtain as much information about the accident and your injuries as you can. These details will help confirm that you are compensated appropriately. Witness contacts, photographs of the scene, injuries, and damage, in addition to copies of medical records will be useful.
Consult with a Lawyer
It is not required that you speak with a lawyer, but having a legal professional who understands how workers’ compensation benefits works can be influential to your claim. Your lawyer will also be on your side to make sure you are getting the most out of your benefits and that your rights aren’t violated as your claim is being handled.