Considering the constant activity, massive equipment, and numerous work crews that are the norm on a construction worksite, it’s no wonder that injuries from falls are common.
In fact, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration places falls on its “Construction Fatal 4” list almost every year; these deadly accidents were responsible for 39 percent of all fatalities in the construction industry in 2017, and thousands more were injured in such incidents.
If you suffered harm because of a work-related fall, it’s essential to take proper action right away. Your construction and worksite injuries lawyer can assist you with many of the critical tasks, including:
1. Take Care of Your Medical Needs: Your health is your first priority, both to ensure you can get back on the job quickly and to protect your rights in a potential claim. Head straight to the emergency room as necessary, or visit an urgent care center for same-day treatment. Even if you think your injuries are minor, make sure you see a doctor 24-48 hours.
2. Notify Your Employer: Many work-related claims, including those stemming from construction accidents, require that you tell your employer about the incident and your injuries. Most companies have an internal policy for notification purposes, so follow the established procedures. Include as much detail as possible when reporting the incident, such as:
- The time, date, and location of the accident;
- How the incident happened;
- Any witnesses who observed the accident;
- A brief description of your injuries; and,
- Other basic information.
3. Document Everything: Once you’re physically able, take time to write down everything you can remember about the accident. This is a personal journal to assist with memory recall in case you need to describe the circumstances weeks or months later. In addition, continue to take notes as you’re recovering from your injuries. Document every doctor’s appointment, meeting with specialists, and other care you receive. If you spend any amounts out-of-pocket for your care, keep the receipts with your journal for potential reimbursement through your claim.
4. Get Legal Help: After your condition stabilizes, you should reach out to an attorney who focuses on workplace accidents – especially those in the construction industry. You may be entitled to benefits through your state’s workers’ compensation system, so you could receive amounts to cover your medical costs, lost wages, and other losses.
In most cases, workers’ comp may be your sole remedy as a victim. However, in others, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Your lawyer can describe the differences between these two approaches, and advise you on the best way to proceed.
Contact a Construction and Worksite
Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Claim
To learn about additional tasks and a lawyer can help with construction fall injuries, please contact Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway, P.C.
You can reach us toll-free at 800.433.2408 or visit us online to set up a free consultation. Our team serves workplace accident victims in Texas, New Mexico, and North Dakota, and we’re happy to assist with your claim.