I Was Hurt in a Construction Accident and My Employer Told Me That There Is No Reason to Report

Q
I was hurt in a construction accident and my employer told me that there is no reason to report it to the local, state or federal safety agencies or to a construction accident lawyer. Is my employer right?
A

No, in most cases your employer is not right. Generally, there is no harm (to you) if your construction accident injuries are appropriately reported to the applicable government agencies. Likewise, there is no harm (to you) if you contact a construction accident attorney.

While your employer may genuinely like you and feel bad about your accident, your employer may be concerned about incurring the financial consequences of reporting a construction accident in New York. For example, your employer may be required to pay fines and/or make costly safety improvements if the accident is reported to the government. Similarly, your employer may be required to pay for things such as your medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, and pain and suffering if you pursue a construction accident injury case with an injury attorney. Of course, these costs are covered by your employer’s insurance coverage in many cases.

We know that you mean your employer no harm, and we hope that your employer feels the same way about you and does the responsible thing by reporting your accident to the government safety agencies. However, regardless of that reporting, we encourage you to learn more about your rights after a construction accident injury in our FREE book, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone, and by calling a New York construction lawyer at 1-800-362-9329.