Unfortunately, construction site injuries remain far too common. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), one in five workplace deaths in the United States occurs within construction. Correspondingly, nearly 1,000 U.S. construction workers die due to job-related accidents each year. Many thousands of more construction employees all across the country sustain devastating injuries.
At Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway, P.C., our top-rated construction site injury lawyers are strong advocates for injured workers in New Mexico and Texas. Here, we explain the four most important things that injured construction workers need to do after an accident to protect their health, safety, and legal rights.
Four Steps to Take After a Construction Site Injury
Seek Emergency Medical Help
In an emergency situation, always call 911. Never take any chances with your health. Without delay, a severely injured construction worker must get to the nearest medical center.
Even in non-emergency situations, it is still crucial that construction workers with injuries undergo evaluations by a competent doctor. Not all construction accident injuries are clear. Some of the most common construction site injuries get worse as the days pass. In addition, injured workers will be eligible to get financial compensation only if they have been evaluated.
Report Construction Accidents to the Appropriate Parties
To start, this means workers should report their injuries to their own supervisor. Additionally, you have an obligation to report your accident without any undue delay. This is especially true if you are covered by workers’ compensation in New Mexico or Texas.
Furthermore, if your injury is due to the negligence of a third-party company, that company should also know that an accident has occurred.
Secure Relevant Evidence
To the best of your ability, it is in your interest to secure any and all evidence of your case. If possible, get photographs of the accident and contact information from eyewitnesses. Most importantly, you need to keep your medical records well organized. Do not get rid of any medical documentation. Finally, keep all documents and records and get them into the hands of your attorney.
Seek Guidance from a Construction Accident Attorney
Construction accident injury claims are notoriously complex. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim. In this case, you may have a claim against a third-party company or both. You need the best legal representation as soon as possible after your construction site accident.
Contact Our Construction Accident Lawyers Today
Our construction injury lawyers have deep experience handling construction accident claims. If you sustain injuries due to a construction accident in Texas or New Mexico, contact us today. We have locations in Albuquerque, Hobbs, Lubbock, and Odessa, and we represent construction accident victims throughout the region.