Reporting Your Construction Accident

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2021 | Buffalo Law Blog, Construction Accidents, Firm News

Have you been seriously hurt in a construction accident? Are you wondering what steps should you take to notify your employer when injured on the job? The importance of reporting your construction accident cannot be emphasized enough. Give this a read to learn more about this topic, then reach out to our office to set up your free first consultation.

Reporting Your Construction Accident

Watch the following educational legal video by Andrew P. Fleming, an experienced Hamburg injury attorney to learn about workplace injuries and what to do if you were injured on the job.

The law requires immediately reporting your construction accident to your employer if you’ve been injured on the job. If the employer does not know that you have been hurt on the job, there can be controversy later regarding whether you were in fact hurt on the job. The insurance company that represents that employer at the workers’ compensation board will then allege that the injury did not happen at work, attempting to discredit and lay the blame on the employee.

If you are injured at work, you need to report your construction site injury to your employer as soon as possible. Sometimes injuries are obvious; for example, if you fall into some sort of an excavation site, you will likely have a witness to your injury. In the event that you are injured at work and someone else did not hear or see the incident, especially if the injury relates to your back or your shoulder, you need to notify a colleague and your employer if you trip and fall and tear up your knee or tear up your ankle.

In many of the cases we have overseen, our clients have been unaware of their responsibility to let their employer know. Every employer should possess workers’ compensation board forms, which you must ask your doctor to complete. Most of the doctors in New York know exactly how to fill out workers’ compensation forms.

If you make a mistake like not reporting your claim, you may be missing out on compensation for your injuries that is vital to you being able to avoid financial ruin from being involved in a construction accident. Workers’ compensation insurance policies are set up so that, no matter who is at fault, the workers’ compensation insurance policy covers the medical expenses of the injured party. In the event that you sustained an injury on the job and you are not sure who will pay your medical bills, rest assured that workers’ compensation pays everything. It’s even different than if you have health insurance.

If you go to a doctor, you will be asked for your Workmen’s Compensation Board number, or WCB number. Once your medical provider verifies this information, you will not be responsible for co-pays, and you receive until the insurance company challenges it. You get all your medical treatment covered, even surgeries, even second on some occasions.

Did you suffer an injury and have yet to tell your employer? Reporting your construction accident is so vital to the success of your attempts to receive justice. Contact the experienced Buffalo accident attorneys at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP for a free consultation. We treat your case and your injuries seriously and do everything in our power to bring you relief.

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