Construction Site Accident Guide
Working on a construction site exposes you to many potential safety risks. No matter how careful you are, or how many precautions you take; most job site accidents occur unexpectedly.
At Wampler & Souder, LLC, we have extensive experience helping victims of job site accidents obtain necessary compensation for their injuries. After an accident occurs, you may feel pressure to accept the initial settlement offer made by the at-fault party’s insurance company. It is crucial that you resist these pressures and speak with an experienced construction accidents attorney before signing or agreeing to any type of compensation.
What To Do After A Construction Accident
If you become injured in a construction accident, it can be difficult to know what you need to do to protect your rights as an injury victim. Keep your rights protected by following these simple, but critical steps after a job site accident:
Step one: seek medical attention
Protecting your health should always remain your first priority. Anytime an accident occurs, you must seek immediate medical care for your injuries, no matter how major or minor they seem.
If your company instructs you to get a medical evaluation from a designated company doctor, you will also want to make other arrangements to have your injuries assessed by a doctor of your choosing. Employers and insurance companies cannot force you into accepting care from their designated providers.
Step two: report your injury
Notify your supervisors of your injury and file an accident report as soon as physically possible. Provide as much detail as you can about how, when and where the accident occurred.
If you are asked to sign the incident report or any documents pertaining to the accident, let your attorney review them first. In some cases, employees have signed away their rights without knowing it.
Step three: get documentation
As soon as an injury claim is made, your employer and their insurance company will immediately begin investigating the accident, and so should you. Take pictures of your injuries, the accident site, the surrounding environment and any other variables that may have contributed to it.
Keep copies of any documents or communication you receive from your doctor, employer or insurance company.
Step four: speak with an experienced attorney
Construction accident cases can present many challenges. While most workplace accidents are covered by workers’ compensation, it can limit the type of benefits that are available to you. After an accident, it is essential to get the help of an experienced construction accidents lawyer who will protect your rights throughout the process.
Trusted Legal Guidance For Accident Victims
Our firm represents the rights of accident victims in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
We are skilled negotiators and seasoned trial lawyers who will explore every opportunity to negotiate a fair out-of-court settlement, but are prepared to fight for your rights at trial, when necessary.