The construction industry is dangerous at times. Although workers and employers do their best to maintain a safe working environment, bad things can happen every now and again.
If you are injured on the job as a construction worker, here are several steps to take:
- Receive immediate medical attention.
- Report the injury to your employer. Doing so as soon as possible will help you avoid additional challenges in the future, such as when filing a workers’ compensation claim.
- Complete a claim form. Remember this: until you complete a workers’ compensation claim form your employer has no obligation to provide you with benefits. Be as thorough as possible, and don’t forget to keep a copy for your personal records.
- Don’t delay. The longer you wait to file a claim the more chance there is of something going wrong. In short, a delay in reporting could cause a delay in receiving benefits.
It’s common to be confused (as well as scared) when filing a workers’ compensation claim. Don’t let anything get in the way of receiving benefits. Instead, consult with an attorney who can review your accident, claim, and any other pertinent details.