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What should you do if you’re hurt on a construction site?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2021 | Construction Accidents |

If you’re working as a third party on a construction site or are hurt by someone while you’re on the job, it’s important for you to know the steps to take to help yourself. After any kind of work-related injury, it’s very important for you to seek medical attention. Then, you should report the injury prior to speaking with your attorney.

Construction workers are in a unique position, because they may have the option of pursuing workers’ compensation in some cases. Other times, when they are not employees of the person who hired them in to do the job, they may need to make a personal injury claim.

Third-party businesses or individuals could be to blame

When you’re thinking about your claim, it’s necessary to consider who could be to blame for your injuries. Did machinery fail? If so, then it could be the responsibility of the person who designed the machinery, the last person who completed maintenance, the employer for failing to teach the correct safety protocols or even the manufacturer. Knowing who could be a defendant in your case will help you determine how much compensation you could get out of it.

In New York, workers have special protections if they’ve been hurt after working at heights. So, if your injury involved scaffolding collapses, roofing issues or problems with ladders, it’s a good idea to look closely into your legal options.

Seek medical care, and report your injuries

Any time there is an injury, the priority is for you to get medical help as soon as possible. Then, you can report your injuries to your employer, to the property owner or to whoever is in charge of a job site. It’s worth knowing your legal options at this point, so that you don’t make the mistake of accepting a settlement or allowing someone to tell you that you don’t have a claim. With the right support, you will be able to focus on your recovery while your claim is handled carefully. Those who are injured on the job should always have an opportunity to recover compensation for their injuries and other financial losses.