While injuries can happen in any job, some workplaces are more dangerous than others. As one might expect, working in construction can be more dangerous than other professions. Even if safety regulations are in place, accidents involving falling, heavy machinery, or electrocution may occur.
If you are a construction worker, you know that the possibility of serious injury is always present. If you have recently been injured on the job, call the Shulman & Hill construction accident lawyers in Queens today. You may be entitled to compensation.
Common Queens Construction Accident Injuries
In the construction profession, job-related injuries can be traumatic and stressful. With the amount of dangerous machinery, equipment, and substances present at an average construction site, a construction-related injury can result in permanent damage, particularly if workers are not provided with necessary safety equipment.
Construction accident injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hearing or vision loss
- Broken bones
- Amputated limbs
- Illnesses associated with chemical exposure
What to Do When You Have Been Injured in a Queens Construction Accident
It can be difficult to know what to do in the aftermath of a construction accident. Here is a brief guide to the steps you should take for a successful recovery as well as to optimize your chances for future compensation.
Seek Medical Care
It is crucial to seek medical care immediately after a workplace accident, even if the injury does not seem painful or serious as symptoms and damage may not be immediately apparent, especially if you have hit your head.
Report Your Accident
Once you receive initial medical care, it is critical that you report your accident to your employer. Your employer should prepare and keep certain records related to your injury and accident on file.
Do not wait too long before reporting your accident. This step is crucial if you aim to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. If you report your accident and injury verbally, follow up with an email so you will have a written record of the report. You will want to keep a copy of your initial report and any documentation your employer provides to you.
Obtain a Letter from Your Doctor
Another important document to save is a doctor’s note. Ask your doctor to write you a letter specifying your injuries and the extent of those injuries. The letter should also include any recommended work restrictions and how long they should apply. This letter can be used in your claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are able and it is safe to do so, take photos of the accident scene before it is cleaned up. This is especially important if you were injured due to defective equipment provided by a contractor or property owner. If you are too hurt to take photos, ask a coworker or someone nearby to do it for you. This evidence can help strengthen your claim for compensation.
Make a note of who was around when your accident occurred and ask them for their contact information. Their statements may be needed to provide further proof of what happened to cause your injury.
Save Records Relating to Your Accident
Start a file and keep any documents you are given by doctors or other healthcare providers, your employer, and any insurance company. Any records of payments to medical providers related to treatment for your injury should also be saved. It can also be helpful to have photocopies of all of the important documents related to your accident and injury.
Contact a Queens Construction Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact Shulman & Hill’s Queens office. Our lawyers are specially trained in dealing with these types of accident injuries, and we can help walk you through the process of pursuing compensation.
Pursuing Compensation After A Queens Construction Accident
Your employer is likely required to have workers’ compensation insurance in place to cover costs associated with your workplace injury. This includes hospital bills and related costs for your medical treatment and rehabilitation. A Shulman & Hill workers’ compensation attorney can help you file your claim, walking you through each step to help ensure success. If you are wrongly denied benefits, they can also fight on your behalf by providing evidence showing that your injury was work-related.
You may be able to seek additional financial compensation if you are injured in a construction accident that was caused by a party other than your employer, like a property owner or contractor. If they failed to maintain safe premises, provide adequate safety equipment, or committed a similar form of negligence, you may be able to hold them financially responsible for your injury by filing a personal injury lawsuit. This can result in compensation for losses not covered by workers’ compensation, including pain and suffering.
Why Shulman & Hill?
Since Shulman & Hill was founded in 2013, we have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our injured clients. All of our construction accident lawyers know how difficult an injury can be for an entire family, which is why they fight so tirelessly for each client.
If you have been injured on the job, contact us at 212.221.1000 or fill in our free case evaluation form online. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means you will only pay for our services if we recover compensation for you.