If you’ve been involved in a workplace, construction accident, then there’s a good chance you’re feeling under a lot of pressure now. You employer, insurance companies and sometimes even other employees can play a role in trying to convince innocent victims to give up their rights to claim.
You may be under the impression that your employer and your insurance company are there looking out for your interests, but this is not always the case. Employers and insurance companies often have their own priorities, and your well-being and health aren’t usually at the top of this list.
If you’ve found yourself in this situation, then it’s important that you don’t give in to these pressures.
Instead, follow these simple but important steps below
1. Get Medical Attention
No matter the severity of the accident, it’s important that you get medical attention. Your employer should offer you on-site medical care after your accident. There should be a trained first aider on the premises to help you. It’s important that you accept this help. However, you shouldn’t stop there. You should also visit an independent doctor and ask them to give you a thorough examination. They will give you an objective and unbiased evaluation of your condition.
2. Keep Any Evidence
Usually when someone has an accident in the workplace, keeping any evidence is the last thing on their mind. But this is an extremely important piece of advice, particularly if you plan on making a claim in the future.
There’s a good chance that your accident generated huge amounts of paperwork. Make sure you get copies of all of these documents, including copies of any medical reports. You should also consider taking pictures of any injuries and asking your employer for CCTV footage of the accident. All of this will help you to win a personal injury claim should you choose to make one.
3. Don’t Sign Anything
Your insurance company or employer may approach you with a piece of benign paperwork they want you to sign, or they may try and get you to agree to a settlement offer. However, this isn’t a great idea. Don’t feel pressured into signing anything until you’ve read and understood what has been written. You could end up agreeing to something that isn’t in your best interests.
4. Get Some Legal Advice
The majority of workplace, construction accidents are covered by the workers’ compensation scheme. However, this scheme can limit what is available to you. It’s important to remember that not all accidents are covered by this, and the only way to work out if there are any other options available to you is to speak to an accident lawyer about your specific case. Hill & Moin help their clients to understand the law and they fight to get the compensation you deserve. Visit https://www.hillmoin.com/ to find out more. You can also find Hill & Moin LLP at 2 Wall St #301 New York, NY 10005 or you can contact them by phone at (212) 668-6000
By nature, construction sites are dangerous places. But your employers have a responsibility to provide you with a safe working environment. They also have a responsibility to train all of their employees properly as this can reduce the chances of an accident occurring. Unfortunately, accidents on construction sites are all too common. In fact, they’re the leading reason for workplace fatalities in the US. If you’ve suffered from a workplace, construction accident, then make sure you follow our advice above and don’t feel pressured into doing something or signing a document you’re not happy with. Remember, you’ve not done anything wrong.