From trips and falls to fire and explosions, accidents on construction sites are a common occurrence. When accidents do occur, you must know how to report them properly and from whom to seek guidance in order to protect yourself and your family. If you suffered an accident on a job site in New York, a construction accident attorney in the Bronx could guide you through this process. Below are some standard tips they might give you to help report your accident properly.
Receive Medical Care Right Away
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four major causes of construction job site injuries. The “fatal four,” as the agency refers to them, are injuries caused by:
- Falls from a ladder or through an opening
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught in or between dangerous areas or equipment
These and other circumstances typically require medical attention, and even if you think you may not need it, you should still receive care as soon as possible to identify any hidden injuries.
Report the Accident to Your Employer
Employers who fail to follow New York labor laws can and should be held accountable for injuries that result. After you receive emergency medical care, tell your employer about it immediately. Some victims assume their employers already know about their injuries, but you must let them know in person to confirm their knowledge of the accident. The employer has to then file reports with workers’ compensation and insurance agencies right away.
Gather Information About the Accident
If anyone witnessed your accident, try to collect their names and contact information. If you suffered severe injuries, you might not have the opportunity to speak with bystanders who witnessed the accident. However, you can contact coworkers who saw what happened. A construction accident attorney in New York can speak with these witnesses on your behalf.
Contact Leav & Steinberg LLP for Help
The award-winning associates at Leav & Steinberg LLP have years of experience helping clients gain the financial recovery they deserve. If you suffered an injury in a construction accident in New York, contact Leav & Steinberg LLP today at 212-766-5222 to schedule your free consultation.