Construction site accidents are common all over the United States. But the sad truth about such accidents is that most of them are avoidable. A simple act of negligence is all it takes to suffer life-changing injuries at a construction site. If you or your loved one has been harmed by someone else's negligence under similar circumstances, you may be eligible for compensation.
Knowing what to do after such an accident could influence the outcome of your case. For example, a broken arm means expensive visits to the doctor and a temporary or permanent change in lifestyle. Whatever the outcome, here's everything you need to know about these kinds of accidents and what to do in the unfortunate event that you're the victim.
Seek Medical Treatment
Seeking medical treatment is the first and most important thing to do when involved in such an accident. At that point, your health comes first. You want to make sure that your arm is properly taken care of by a professional.
Not seeking medical attention could further complicate things down the line. When certain injuries are left untreated for a certain period, it may be difficult to reverse some effects. For instance, extreme damage to your nerves could lead to permanent or partial paralysis, and that's something you could avoid by seeking urgent medical attention after such an accident.
Additionally, visiting a doctor sets the foundation for your claim if you decide to pursue legal action against the negligent party. To prove your injuries, you'll need medical records, including doctor's reports, showing the type and extent of injuries. Without this documentation, the defendant could simply argue that you're exaggerating your injuries or you weren't injured in the first place.
Collect Evidence of the Dangerous Condition
Understandably, collecting evidence after a construction site accident isn't always the easiest thing to do. This is because you may be in extreme pain at that moment. But in such a case, every effort counts. For example, if you get a chance to take pictures or videos of the dangerous condition that led to your injury, don't hesitate to do so.
Collecting evidence could also mean identifying any eyewitnesses at the injury scene. If possible, collect their contact information; their testimony could significantly change the course of your claim.
Examples of Dangerous Conditions at Construction Sites
Given that construction sites involve numerous hazards, construction companies must meet certain requirements to protect their workers and the public from injuries. Some common dangerous conditions at construction sites include:
Lack of Proper Warning Signage
A simple sign, such as "Beware of Falling Objects" could save a life. But unfortunately, some construction companies don't take such simple gestures seriously, putting other people's lives at risk in the process.
Unsafe Construction Equipment
Construction companies must ensure that their equipment is safe for construction workers or any other party involved in the construction process. For example, an unsafe ladder could leave you with several broken bones.
Lack of Safeguards
Safety should always be the number one priority before and while embarking on any construction project. Missing safeguards could lead to severe injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, or even death.
Lack of Fall Protection
Fall protection systems such as travel restraints can help prevent serious injuries if something goes wrong at a construction site. Given that it's difficult to predict when such accidents will occur, construction companies should always prepare for different scenarios by setting up fall protection systems. These systems vary depending on the nature of the construction work.