If you were hurt working on a construction site in New York City, you may have the right to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other injury-related losses. In fact, as a construction worker, there may be multiple parties that are responsible for your injuries.
Follow these steps to protect your rights and preserve your chances of securing maximum financial compensation:
Steps to Take After a Construction Site Accident
Step #1: Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries
First and foremost, you should seek prompt medical attention for your injuries. There is no substitute for immediate and professional medical care, and if you wait too long to seek treatment you could reduce your chances of securing just compensation.
In order to collect workers’ compensation you need to see a doctor who has been approved by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. You can ask the doctor’s office or hospital if it “accepts workers’ comp” to find out if a doctor has been approved. You can also contact Gorayeb & Associates, and a member of our team will be happy to refer you to an approved physician.
Step #2: Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
Just as important as seeing a doctor is following your doctor’s advice. While you may be tempted to return to work before your injury fully heals, this can jeopardize both your health and your claim for compensation. If your doctor tells you to wear a brace, you should wear it. If your doctor tells you to rest, you should rest.
Step #3: Report the Accident to Your Employer
In New York, you have 30 days to report a work-related accident to your employer. If you wait too long, you could lose your right to collect benefits through workers’ compensation. Your employer should have a standard reporting form and we can assist you in completing the form and making sure it gets submitted on time.
Step #4: Take Photographs and Notes
After a construction site accident, you should try to take as many photographs as you can. Take photos of the construction site, your injuries, and any damage to your clothes or other personal items. It can also be helpful to write down everything you remember about the accident to avoid having your memory influenced by other people’s versions of the events.
Step #5: Do Not Let Your Employer Take Advantage of You
Some employers will try to take advantage of their employees. Unfortunately, this is often especially true with respect to Hispanic and Latino workers who do not speak English as their first language. Do not let your employer tell you who you should see as your doctor. Also, avoid giving any written or recorded statements that might be used against you.
Step #6: Hire an Experienced Attorney to Represent You
Finally, to make sure you protect your rights, the best and easiest thing you can do is to hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to help you take the necessary steps to pursue just compensation. This includes not only pursuing a claim for New York workers’ compensation, but potentially pursuing personal injury claims against contractors and other third-parties as well. At Gorayeb & Associates, we have secured millions of dollars in compensation for construction workers injured in New York City*.
Schedule a Free Consultation at Gorayeb & Associates
It is easy to lose your rights, but it is easy to protect them as well. The attorneys at Gorayeb & Associates fight for just compensation on behalf of injured construction workers throughout New York City. To get help protecting your rights, schedule a free consultation today. To speak with an attorney, use our Live Chat or online contact form, or call our offices at (212) 267-9222 now.
*Specific details regarding case and settlement results are not indications of the results of future cases and settlements, nor should they be held to be guarantees, warranties, or predictions regarding the result of representation by our firm.