What to Do After a New York City Construction Accident Injury

Injured Construction Worker on the Ground Hofmann & SchweitzerYou may have seen co-workers get hurt, and you may have known about the risks you faced each day. You may have even had an idea about what you would do if you were the one that got hurt on the construction site. However, when an accident actually does happen, and you are injured, the surprise, the physical pain, and the chaos of the accident scene can make it difficult to know what to do next.

Simple Steps to Take After a NYC Construction Accident

After you suffer any injury, for any reason, on a New York City construction site, it is important to:

Get medical attention.

It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after you are hurt. This can help you protect both your physical and your legal recoveries. Your initial doctor’s visit may be in the emergency room if you are seriously injured or with your own doctor if you do not require immediate attention. Once you see a doctor, it is important to follow your doctor’s advice and treatment plan. If you have any questions about your treatment, then you should get a second medical opinion. Do not go back to work until you have medical clearance to do so safely.

Report your accident to your employer.

This may not be what you want to do. You may fear retaliation, or you may be preoccupied with your physical recovery. However, if you fail to report the accident and your injury, then it could negatively impact your potential financial recovery. When you make the report to your supervisor or employer, you should stick to the facts. Report where the accident happened and when it happened, but do not speculate about why it happened.

Consult with an experienced construction injury lawyer.

It is never too early to call a construction accident attorney. Even if you don’t yet know the full extent of your injuries or how long you will be out of work, an attorney can help you. As soon as you are hurt, an attorney can make sure that your employer and your employer’s insurer treat you fairly. Your job is not to know every detail of every law that could impact your recovery, and you shouldn’t have to worry about making a mistake that could harm your recovery after a construction injury. An attorney can remove that stress from life and protect your rights.

It Is Our Job to Protect Your Recovery

Our experienced lawyers know what you have to do to protect your recovery and we can advise you every step of the way. We have experience representing injured construction workers who have claims pursuant to unique New York laws such as Labor Law 240, Labor Law 241, Labor Law 200, and other state and federal laws and regulations.

Whether you have been hurt by the negligence of a third party, your employer, a coworker, or simply by accident, our lawyers will help you get the financial recovery that you deserve. We will fight for your fair and just compensation of medical expenses, lost income, and disability benefits. If you were hurt by a third party’s negligence, then we will also pursue a financial recovery for your physical pain and emotional suffering.

Your life changed quickly and became a lot more complicated on the day of your construction accident. We want to make your recovery as simple as possible. Let us worry about your legal and financial recoveries while you and your doctors concentrate on your physical recovery.

Have You Been Injured While Working On A Construction Site?

If you've been hurt while working at your construction job you need to speak with an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our New York City law office directly at 212.465.8840 to schedule your free consultation.

You can also download a free copy of our publication, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone. However you contact us, we look forward to talking to you about how we can help you recover from your New York City construction injury.

 

Timothy F. Schweitzer
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Tim Schweitzer is a personal injury lawyer specializing in maritime, construction and railroad injury claims.