Steps To Take After A Construction Or Workplace Accident
If you are injured in a construction or other workplace accident, certain steps must be taken immediately following the incident. The type of action you take after a workplace injury occurs can have a significant impact on your recovery, the way your claim is managed and how compensation is determined.
At Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., we have over 75 years of combined legal experience, including complex Illinois personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. As skilled negotiators and veteran trial attorneys, we are well-versed in the claims process, and understand how to support the extensive needs of our clients. We take our time getting to know the intricacies of your case, and work closely with insurance companies to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
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What To Do Following A Job Site Accident
When a job site accident results in injury, the injured worker must always take the following steps:
Step one — Seek immediate medical attention
Do not hesitate to seek immediate medical care after any workplace accident takes place. No matter how major or minor your injury might seem, a professional medical evaluation is always recommended as certain injuries can develop or worsen over time.
Step two — Report the accident
Anytime a workplace accident occurs, no matter the severity, it is crucial to inform your supervisor as soon as possible. Provide as much detail about the incident as you can and follow up to ensure it gets properly reported to your employer’s insurance company. A delay in reporting the accident could compromise your right to compensation benefits.
Step three — Document the scene
Recount and write down the events that lead to your injury. Take note of any witnesses who were there at the time of the accident, gather their names and contact information. Witnesses can play a vital role in workplace accident cases, especially if your workers’ compensation benefits get denied.
Also, document the accident scene by taking pictures of your injury, where the accident took place and any equipment involved.
Step four — Seek legal advice
An experienced personal injury lawyer can offer guidance through this challenging time and support you in obtaining the benefits you deserve. At Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., we have successfully sued general contractors, property owners and other third-parties for their negligence which resulted in serious injuries.
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It is not uncommon for workers’ compensation benefits to be denied, which is why it is essential to take every precaution you can.