What Not to Do at the Scene of a Construction Accident

Don’t Make These Mistakes at the Scene of a New York Construction Accident

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

On a typical day the scene at your Willets Point construction site is busy. There are many people working hard to make this new development a success. The usual activity on your construction site may have been even more intense if you were hurt in a construction site accident. As people continue to work around you, you may be confused about what you should do next.

Don’t Do These Things

What you do, and don’t do, is going to depend on how badly you are hurt. However, regardless of your specific injuries it is important that you:

  • Don’t Clean Up. Your employer, OSHA inspectors and others may need to look at the debris or accident scene as it was immediately following the accident in order to do an accurate investigation. You can, however, take pictures of the scene if you are able to do so.
  • Don’t Refuse Medical Care. Your injuries may not be readily apparent. Let a doctor examine you and diagnose any injuries before the pain or impact of any injuries worsens.
  • Don’t Talk about the Cause of the Accident. An investigation has not yet been done into the cause of your accident. Let the investigation happen. Do not make a guess about the cause of the accident or make any statements that could later impact your recovery.

Instead, it is important that you focus on your injuries, on getting the medical help that you need now, and on informing your family that an accident has occurred.

Later You Can Get Help

You have two primary goals on the day that you are hurt in a construction site accident. The first is to get the medical care that you need to control your pain and to prevent your injuries from getting worse. The second is to protect yourself by not jeopardizing your rights or hindering the investigation.

In the days after your accident you can begin thinking about what else you can do to get the recovery that you need and that you deserve. You can begin that process right now by reading a free copy of our informational brochure, “Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone” and by contacting us directly through this website to set up an initial consultation.