What to Do the First Week After a Construction Injury

Seven Things to Do the First Seven Days After a Construction Accident Back Injury

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

Right now it is hard to think about anything but the pain in your back. If you can move at all, it is only with extreme pain. Everyday tasks such as eating and showering are excruciating, and even sleeping is difficult.

Take it Easy the First Week

Your primary goal this week—other than survival—should be to set up the care and support that you need to get better. Depending on your unique injuries, this may include:

  1. Getting multiple doctors’ opinions. You want to make sure that you have a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
  2. Deciding on a medical course of action. Should you have surgery? Is physical therapy going to be enough? What is the right dose of painkillers?
  3. Notifying your employer. Whether you were hurt on a Bloomfield, Clifton, or other North Jersey construction site, it is important to notify your employer of the injury and that you will be out of work until you have medical clearance to return to work.
  4. Making plans for after your hospital or inpatient rehabilitation. Will you be able to take care of yourself? Do you need help?
  5. Making plans for your family. Who will take your son to baseball or your daughter to soccer?
  6. Figuring out how to pay your bills if you will be out of work. Will you be able to pay your rent or mortgage?
  7. Making sure that your legal rights are protected. You don’t want to have to suffer unnecessarily by not knowing your legal rights.

In other words, what you need is a plan.

Don’t Plan Alone

You will benefit from consulting others who can help through this difficult time rather than trying to handle everything on your own. There is no medal given out for the construction worker who toughed out the pain or handled his own legal recovery. Instead, the reward is in making your life as easy as possible during this difficult time and in protecting your legal rights so that the impact of your injury on your future is minimized.

For more information, please read our FREE informational brochure, “Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone,” and please read through our testimonials to see how other injured construction workers survived their construction accident injuries.