4 Steps to Take After a Construction Accident in Massachusetts
Being injured at work can be extremely stressful and frightening. It can prevent you from earning a living for yourself and your family and leave you with exceedingly high medical expenses. Even though construction is a risky profession, construction workers are still protected if they are injured on the job. Construction injuries are typically covered under workers’ compensation regulations. However, an injured construction worker may be forced to file a personal injury claim if their needs aren’t being met.
No matter your specific circumstances, you should take certain measures to ensure you are protecting your rights and can be fairly compensated after a construction accident. At Sweeney Merrigan Law, our legal team has a lot of experience with workers’ compensation disputes and personal injury claims in Massachusetts. Call us at (617) 391-9001 or contact us online for a free consultation.
After your injury, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are seriously injured, call 911. Otherwise, you should go to a doctor or the emergency room to get a check-up. You should also tell the medical professional attending you that you were injured on the job.
No matter how insignificant you believe your injuries are, you should have them evaluated by a doctor. Some injuries, such as those to the head, neck, and spine, aren’t always apparent immediately. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible makes your injuries more credible and creates an official record.
Each time you receive medical attention for your injuries, such as tests and treatments, keep track of your medical records. You want to have documentation of the severity of your injuries and the expenses you incur because of them. A medical record that documents your injuries can be helpful for your workers’ compensation claim or if your case goes to court.
After taking care of any immediate health concerns, you should notify your employer as soon as possible. Even if the accident or injury appears minor, you should notify your employer, supervisor, or human resource department about the accident and your injuries.
Reporting the incident ensures that you have official documentation of the incident. If your employer engages in any unsafe practices, this information will be on file and could potentially be used to prevent future accidents. Also, a failure to disclose a workplace accident and injury can affect a subsequent workers’ compensation claim.
To ensure your accident is acknowledged and you are fairly compensated for your injuries, you must obtain as much information as possible about the incident and your injuries. You should collect information such as:
- The contact information and statements of any witnesses
- Photos of the scene of the accident
- Any broken equipment involved in the accident
- Documentation of the accident and your injuries
- Any correspondence you have had with your employer
All of this information is crucial for the accident investigation phase of your claim. It will help ensure that you are reimbursed quickly. Your legal representation can also use this information to validate the severity of your accident and resulting injuries to fight for fair compensation.
A construction accident can leave you with a severe injury, putting you out of work and compromising your income and well-being. While you are entitled to certain protections to keep that from happening, you may need the help of an experienced construction accident lawyer to ensure those rights are maintained. The highly experienced legal professionals at Sweeney Merrigan Law have handled numerous Massachusetts construction accident cases.
Our team includes knowledgeable attorneys like Attorney Matthieu J. Parenteau, who has dedicated his career to assisting those injured due to others’ negligence and collected millions in settlements for his clients. Anyone injured on the job and not getting the benefits they deserve should give us a call at (617) 391-9001 or send us a request to set up a free consultation. We can assess your case, explain your rights to you, and determine your best course of action.