While the construction industry has fewer workers than other occupation groups, it is one of the fields with the highest rates of on-the-job injuries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 21,400 construction injuries that were not fatal in 2022.
If you find yourself injured while working construction, take steps to get proper care and compensation for your time missed at work.
1. Report the incident immediately
The moment an accident occurs, report it to your supervisor. Provide a detailed account of what happened, including any witnesses present.
2. Seek immediate medical attention
Do not delay seeking medical treatment. Even if the injury appears minor, getting a professional evaluation is important to your case. Doing so establishes a medical record of your condition.
3. Document everything
Maintain a record of all relevant information including medical reports, bills, photographs of the scene of the accident and any correspondence related to the incident.
4. Follow your doctor’s instructions
Strictly follow your physician’s advice and treatment plan. This helps prove your commitment to your recovery and reinforces the seriousness of your injury. Failure to comply may weaken your claim.
5. Keep your employer informed
Maintain open communication with your employer. Notify them of any changes in your condition or treatment plan. This shows your dedication to returning to work as soon as you are medically cleared.
6. Understand your workers’ compensation rights
Familiarize yourself with the workers’ compensation benefits available in your area. These benefits may cover medical expenses, rehabilitation and lost wages brought about by a workplace injury.
7. Cooperate with the claims process
Assist your employer in filing a workers’ compensation claim. Provide all necessary information promptly and accurately. This cooperative approach ensures that your employer handles your case efficiently.
If you have suffered an injury while on the job, staying informed and proactive is key to creating a successful workers’ compensation claim. By following these steps, you can safeguard your rights and work towards a smoother recovery process.