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By nature, construction sites are dangerous. The employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment and train their employees properly to avoid injury. Unfortunately, construction accidents are all too common. It is one of the leading reasons for workplace fatalities. Research shows that there are approximately 150,000 construction accident injuries every year.
Construction accidents can happen suddenly, with no warning. No matter how prepared you are, it can be a disconcerting experience. To better help you, we have compiled a list of steps you should take to protect yourself after an accident.
This step might seem obvious, but it merits reiterating. If you are involved in a construction accident, call 911 immediately. You need to have your injuries looked after and treated to prevent further damage. Your health comes before any other step.
Once you are sure that you will be okay, gather evidence. If you are at the site, take pictures of what happened. Write down a detailed account of what you experienced, so you can remember later. This will help the insurance company and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) figure out what to do.
There are institutions in place to protect employer rights. Do not rely on your employers to file or report the accident. If your accident leads to hospitalization for you and two other employees, or a death, OSHA needs to know within eight hours. You should also inquire into workers' compensation, which ensures that injured workers receive appropriate compensation for the injury.
It is important to note that employers will most likely look out for their own interests. They want to save the company money. If you are involved in a construction accident it might be necessary to obtain legal representation. An attorney will review your case and fight for your rights, to ensure appropriate compensation for your pain and suffering.
If you are involved in a construction accident, contact our experienced New York attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. We understand the intricacies of worker compensation laws and can fight for your rights. Call today for a free consultation.