Were you recently injured in a construction accident? If so, you’ve likely found yourself wondering what you should do next. Fortunately, to help you out in this challenging situation, the construction accident attorneys at Cutter Law P.C. compiled a list of the five things you should do immediately following a construction accident and/or injury. If, for whatever reason, you’re still unsure of what you should do next after reading this guide, then feel free to contact us for a no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys are always standing by to take your case.
Step 1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Before you do anything else following a construction accident injury, you should seek professional medical attention. Even if you feel fine, get yourself to a doctor. You may have suffered asymptomatic internal injuries that could seriously threaten your life down the line. So, to err on the safe side, make sure you head over to the doctor’s office or hospital immediately following a construction accident injury, regardless of perceived severity.
Additionally, evidence that you sought professional medical attention following your accident helps when you potentially file for workers’ compensation down the road. And, remember, even if you file a construction accident lawsuit, you can still register for workers’ compensation here in California.
Step 2. Inform Your Job Site Foreman And/Or Supervisor
After seeking medical attention, your second step following a construction accident is to notify, in writing, your foreman, and all other supervisors on the job site. Do this within 30 days of your accident. Also, while doing so, you should make detailed documentation of the entire accident. In your literature of the accident include where the accident occurred, and how and when it happened. Making complete documentation can help in court and with your potential workers’ complication case down the road.
Step 3. Collect Witnesses
Once you’ve informed your supervisors of your incident, you should do your best to collect as many witnesses of the accident as possible. Credible witnesses include, according to the law, are any witnesses “competent to give evidence, and is worthy of belief” (Lectric Law Library).
If you can, get the names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers of any witnesses you find. Remember, the more credible witnesses you gather, the better off you’ll be. After all, the testimony of a witness is nearly always admissible evidence in a court of law.
Step 4. File For Workers’ Compensation (If Eligible)
If you’re eligible, then after you’ve collected witnesses for your case, you should file a workers’ compensation claim. In California, you can both receive workers’ compensation benefits while filing a construction accident lawsuit simultaneously. So, if you can, there’s no reason to forgo filing for the benefits you rightly deserve.
Eligibility for workers’ compensation depends on the insurance provider your work site used to insure the workplace. Most construction jobs require workers’ compensation insurance. Still, if you’re a sole proprietor or freelancer, then you aren’t required to carry workers’ compensation insurance and may not have coverage. Check with your insurance provider for further details on what’s covered, and how your particular application process works.
Step 5. Contact Our Construction Accident Firm For A Consultation
Our well-educated, experienced, and aggressive construction accident lawyers are always here to represent you and your interests in a court of law. We’ve won millions for our clients, and have even received several awards for our legal prowess. So, if you’ve been injured in a construction accident and need a lawyer, then you’ve come to the right firm! Contact Cutter Law P.C. for your no-obligation consultation today!