Although construction injury is painful, victims should take a few crucial steps to protect their rights to be compensated by their employers and insurance companies.
Get medical care: Make sure to seek emergency medical treatment, to prevent you from sustaining permanent pain and lingering effects. In addition, make sure that you can see a doctor of your choosing, besides seeing the doctor chosen by your employers.
Report and record your injury: if you are physically capable, take pictures about the worksite, your injury, the scene of your injury, and the equipment which caused your injury. Write down what happened, including the time, place and potential reasons. Keep a copy of the correspondences between you and your employers, your doctors, and your insurance companies. It is also helpful to ask for a copy of the accident report.
Report your injury to your supervisor, record the date of your reports, and take notes on the name and the position of your supervisor. In your report, make sure to include detailed information, such as how, when, and where the accident occurs. In addition, include in your report all your medical issues regardless how serious they are. Make sure what you report is true.
Consult an attorney: Contingent fee structures apply to construction injury cases. It means you do not have to pay for the initial inquiries. Moreover, an attorney will help you review any statements made to your employer or the insurance company, since your statements can be used against you later. Furthermore, an attorney will help you to file your claim timely. The deadline for your claim varies according to the type of injury, an attorney will ensure that these procedure matters would not prevent you from filing your cases.
Victims of New York construction injuries are strongly advised to seek legal assistance from a New York construction injury law firm. Please feel free to call Gordon Diefenbach, an attorney in Manhattan who has been handling these kinds of cases for nearly 30 years for a free assessment. The 24-Hour Hotline is (917) 734-7111. We will either speak with you the moment you call or will return your call within a matter of hours.