The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the private construction sector had the largest number of workplace fatalities in New York City and this number is up from previous years. Specialty trade contractors accounted for 68 percent of the fatal injuries in the construction industry.
This industry ranks high among all industries for occupational injuries and fatal injuries within New York and also nationwide. Construction accident statistics show the industry is wrought with danger but some activities have proven to be more dangerous than others. In the United States, the number of worker deaths due to falls, slips, and trips increased this year.
Being involved in a construction accident can throw a workers life into a tailspin. They may be unable to work and unsure if or when they will be able to return to their job. Bills pile up, and the victim may feel unable to care for their family. Meanwhile, the victim is thrust into a complex situation of obtaining workers’ compensation, potential litigation and a load of other unfamiliar issues. In such a scenario, it is important for workers to know what their next step must be, who is liable for their injuries and where to seek help.
Injured construction workers need to take action following an accident to protect their legal rights. Below are the steps an injured victim must follow in order to pursue justice and seek adequate compensation.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Go to a medical practitioner and seek care immediately so as to prevent any injuries from worsening and to get a record of the injuries. If the employer offers medical care on site, you may accept the same. However it is advisable to seek an independent medical opinion in addition to on site medical care so as to get examined thoroughly and objectively. Ensure that the medical visit dates, doctor’s names, any treatment received, medications prescribed are all documented as this makes your case easier if you do decide to pursue a legal action.
Notify Supervisor Immediately & File a Report
As soon as possible, notify the supervisor about the construction accident in detail. Write the details and submit this report to the supervisor within 30 days of the incident. The faster this step is done, the more complete and credible the information is. Do not wait! Write down the details of how the accident happened and inform your supervisor at the earliest. The law requires you to file a report with your employer if physically possible, by detailing as much of the accident as you remember.
Take Photographs & Preserve Evidence
If possible, take pictures of the accident scene at the worksite to capture visual information that will assist in telling the story of what happened during the incident. Write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of any co-workers or others that witnessed what occurred. Keep a record of all information relating to the incident and also try to preserve all evidence.
Consult an Attorney
Contact a qualified personal injury lawyer who specializes in construction injury accidents to assist with the case. The attorneys will help in filling out all accident related forms, informing you about your legal rights and whether it is beneficial for the victim to pursue a legal action against the employer. On the other hand, if a third party (non employer or co-workers) contributed to the accident, there could be a claim for damages against them. However, only a knowledgeable attorney can assist you with these technical points. You should discuss your case with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with construction site accidents to determine the extent of your rights and whether you are entitled to further compensation for your injury.
Kalra Law Firm in Forest Hills, Queens handles cases involving all types of construction and motor vehicle accidents. We have a high level of expertise in representing these types of cases and offer compelling presentation of evidence to a jury. Call our New York City personal injury lawyers for help, and schedule a free consultation at (718) 897-2211. www.unionlawyer.com
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