How to Document and Report a Construction Site Injury in New Jersey
From heights to high-risk materials and heavy machinery, a construction site is filled with life-threatening hazards. Unsurprisingly, construction workers are often hurt on the job, with some suffering catastrophic injuries. Fortunately, if you were the victim of a construction accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages by filing a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim.
The success—or failure—of your claim can depend on many factors. Typically, you will need strong evidence to show that someone else’s negligence caused the accident, that you were on the clock when you suffered your injuries, and that you suffered damages. While a workers’ compensation attorney will know which evidence could help support your case, it could help to start gathering evidence on your own as soon as possible.
Let’s take a look at a few steps you should take after suffering a construction site injury:
Take Photographs of the Accident Scene
After the accident, your employer may clear the hazard that caused your injuries and clean the area near the accident scene. As such, if you are physically able to do so, you should take pictures and videos of the area where you were injured to make sure this evidence is preserved. Your attorney may be able to use these photographs to determine how the accident unfolded.
Record Dates and Times
In order to obtain workers’ compensation, you will need to show that you suffered your injuries while you were on the clock and performing tasks within the scope of your job. As such, you should make sure to record the exact date and time of the accident.
Note Down Eyewitness Contact Details
If another employee or onlooker saw the accident take place, you should record their contact details to share with your attorney. Their deposition could help show that your employer was negligent.
Write an Account of What Happened
While you may be in a hurry to forget the grisly details of this traumatic event, your ability to recall certain details of the day you suffered your injuries could help support your case. As such, you should take time to write down everything you can remember about the moments before, during, and after the accident.
Once you have left the scene, you should make sure to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You must inform the treating physician that you suffered your injuries in a work-related accident. While you will usually have up to 14 days to report your injury to your supervisor or employer, it’s often best to do so immediately to avoid potential issues when you file your claim.
Speak to a Construction Site Accident Attorney in New Jersey
If you suffered moderate to catastrophic injuries while on the clock, it may be in your best interests to speak to a workers’ compensation attorney. He or she can assess the evidence you’ve gathered, help determine who might be liable for your damages, gather additional proof if necessary, and oversee dialogue with your employer and their insurer.
At the Clark Law Firm, we can help guide you through the claims process, answering your questions and representing you at each step of proceedings. To schedule a free consultation, reach out to us at 877-841-8855 or by using our Online Contact Form.-1