Construction workers are always hounded by the perils that come with the job. But sadly, it is something that we have to accept. When we sustain injuries from construction accidents, this is what’s going to happen: your ability to work will be affected, sometimes, permanently, and your finances will be in jeopardy.
For you to lower the risks of getting involved in any construction accident, here are the things you need to do:
- Always take precautions. This means wearing protective gear like hard hats and safety belts.
- Inspect tools and equipment before using. When you check these every time, you could spot damages thereby saving you from an accident.
If you sustained injuries from an accident, here are the steps you should take to help you turn this unfortunate incident into something that can at least compensate for the difficulties you had to go through.
- The first thing you need to do is to keep a journal containing a record of everything that took place from the time the accident happened until the present. Now, this is very important because this will prevent you from missing out on any detail, no matter how insignificant.
- Second, you should gather witnesses. This comprises your co-workers and even passersby who happen to be there when the accident took place. Witnesses are very important to strengthen your case. You will be asked to list down the names of witnesses so make sure you have these pieces of information ready.
- Thirdly, be quick to report any injury that you have incurred while at work. The soonest you can report it, the better so that you can get compensated for your medical expenses. Informing the contractor as well as your employer is also necessary because anyone injured during a construction accident is, by law, entitled to take a compensation claim which amounts to up to 70% of the gross weekly wage, plus the cost of medical treatment. This is, of course, on top of any negligence claim.
- Lastly, get a good lawyer. You can’t just pick any lawyer randomly; your legal representative should be well-versed with construction law and personal injury because his knowledge and experience on these could greatly affect the outcome of the case.
Accidents do happen, no matter how hard we try to avoid them. This is because negligence on the part of the company you work for, the contractor, and even the people you work with cannot be controlled. Thus, if you sustained injuries because of work-related accidents, it is essential and imperative that you take action so that you can get the compensation you so rightfully deserve.