Injured at a Construction Site? Here's What To Do Right After The Accident
Have you been hurt or know someone that has been hurt while working on a construction site? What did you do? Did you know what to do when the injury occurred? If you have been hurt on the job (especially working on a construction site), there are steps that need to be taken to ensure that you're going to get the medical care and benefits you need to protect your livelihood. We have the information you will need and can pass along to friends and family when you have been hurt on the job (construction site) or know an injured construction worker.
What To Do When You Have Been Injured On a Construction Site:
Report the injury to your employer or construction site manager, immediately. DO NOT WAIT. It is not enough to say, "my back hurts". You MUST specifically tell the employer (or site manager) that you hurt your back (or other body part) on the job performing a work activity.
Record the name and the job title of the person you have notified and the date that you have reported the injury. If there were witnesses, obtain all their information.
Photograph the area in which the injury took place. Take photos of your injury as well and any equipment and tools that are involved in your injury.
Seek medical attention immediately. Even if it seems to be minor at the time, continuous use may aggravate the injury and make it worse.
Keep a record of all medical treatment you have received involving the injury. After the immediate treatment that is required, in D.C. you have the right to right to choose your own treating physician. (Maryland allows you to choose your own doctor and in Virginia you have to choose from an panel of three physicians provided from the insurance company).
The most important tip to take away from this is that the employer must be notified about the injury and medical treatment must be sought immediately after. You can still get worker's compensation benefits, but if they are not notified soon after it happens it is just an invitation for the employer and insurer to try and deny the legitimate claim.
Injured Construction Workers Should Read the Book Written Only For Injured Workers
We look out for our clients and want to make sure they are receiving all of the information available to them. That is why we wrote Protect Your Rights: The Ultimate Guide to D.C. Workers' Compensation. We want you to have all the right information so you can make the best decisions for you and your family. Once you read this book you will know which state to file in, how to handle an aggressive adjuster or nurse case managerTo obtain your FREE copy, contact us, even if we cannot take your case you are still entitled to this information.
If You've Been Seriously Injured At Work, You Need a Construction Site Lawyer
Don't make the common mistakes that we see all the time from injured construction workers. Contact us before you speak to an adjuster or give a recorded statement. Call us today at (202) 393-3320 or send us an email at [email protected]. You will speak with an experienced Case Assessment Specialist who wants to hear your story.