Construction sites can be dangerous. This is why only authorized workers and personnel are allowed at the job site and why there are many safety rules in place, such as wearing a hard hat. If you are a construction worker or were legally on a construction site and you were injured, you may be able to sue the construction company or builder for your injuries. It is important that you take the right steps after the accident to help ensure you have the evidence you need to win your case. Here are the steps you should take following a construction site accident that may have left you injured.
Take Pictures of the Accident Scene
One of the most important things that you should do following the accident is to take pictures of the accident scene. The accident scene will likely change rather quickly after the accident occurred. A beam that may have fallen can be picked up, a loose board may be repaired, or caution signs may go up. Take out your cell phone and snap pictures or make a video showing the scene as it is immediately following your accident.
Obtain Names and Phone Numbers for Witnesses
Another important thing to do after you are injured at a construction site is to obtain names and phone numbers for any construction workers who may have witnessed the accident. These witnesses can be key to proving a case if there are questions about fault down the road.
Report Your Injuries to the Construction Manager
The next step you should take is reporting your injuries to the construction manager, construction foreman, or other supervisor or boss at the construction site. This helps to document that you were injured, and it also helps them to take action to prevent someone else from being injured in the same manner.
Seek Out Medical Treatment
Lastly, be sure to seek out medical treatment for your injuries. You'll want a medical professional to document the injuries you sustain as soon as possible after the accident occurs.
After you have taken all of these steps, you will want to take the time to speak to a construction injury lawyer. The lawyer will look at the evidence you have and listen to how the accident occurred. They will then be able to tell you whether they feel you have a case that can be won and how to go about filing your case. Most construction injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, so it should cost you no money upfront to talk to and hire an attorney. Contact a construction injury lawyer today if you have been injured at a construction site.
For more information, contact a law firm like Shaevitz Shaevitz & Kotzamanis.