When people think about construction site injuries, they usually think about the workers on the site. But construction accidents are extremely common for bystanders as well. If you are injured in a place of business or a home that is under renovation, you are entitled to the same compensation that you would get if you were a worker on that site. However, who is responsible for that compensation could vary depending on the situation.
Take Care of Medical Needs First
Your first priority in any accident is to seek medical attention for your injuries. If you may have injured your back or neck, you should not try to move without medically trained assistance. Once help has been called or you are in a safe place away from the hazard, there are some additional steps you will need to take.
If you are able, take pictures of the hazards that exist that caused your accident. Make sure to take pictures of the surrounding environment as well. If hazard signs or barriers were not put up where appropriate, or if they were not easily visible, this is a sign of neglect and will help you get compensation for your injuries. Also take pictures of your injuries. If you are unable to take pictures, try to get someone who is with you to do so. If you are alone, take careful note of your surroundings so you can issue a proper statement.
You will need to gather some information as soon after the accident as possible. Make sure that you get the name, title, and phone number of the person on-site that you report the accident to. If at a place of business, get the name and number of the manager on duty. You will also want to get the name, title, and phone number of the foreman on the construction site, or whoever is in charge of the project.
Contact an Attorney
You will want to contact an attorney as soon as you are medically stable. The sooner you gain representation for your claims, the stronger your case will be in the courts. An attorney will best be able to determine who is at fault, if there was negligence, and who should be responsible for paying for your injuries. Contact us today for a consultation if you have been injured on a construction site.