Steps to take after complex construction accidents

Construction accidents caused by large, complex machinery occasionally happen on worksites of big buildings in the Bronx and Queens in New York City. Scaffolding and smaller machinery can also cause accidents, especially in bad weather. Nevertheless, most construction accidents are caused by negligence, which could make the victims eligible for compensation.

What to do after construction accidents

Anyone involved in construction accidents involving equipment should gather as much information as possible. If you were injured, you simply cannot gather too much information for a personal injury case. However, you also need to protect yourself by getting medical help as soon as possible and reporting the incident to your insurance company. Make sure that you seek medical assistance independent of your employer to get a fair evaluation. After taking care of yourself, you should do the following:

  • Note the time and location of the incident.
  • Name the contractors involved.
  • Take photos of the equipment that caused your accident.
  • Detail how the accident happened.
  • Gather evidence about your medical diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Take witness statements.
  • Write down details about your post-injury lifestyle.

Never sign any papers about the accident without thoroughly reviewing what they say. This is part of protecting your rights.

Construction accidents are complex

Determining who was a fault in a construction site accident involving personal injuries can often be complex. In these cases, more than one party may be at fault. A third party not even on the site, such as an equipment manufacturer, may be the primary party responsible for an injury.

Usually, workers’ compensation also comes into play, but the insurance company may low-ball a settlement or try to pin the blame on you for the injuries. Always carefully explore all your options. The discovery process for complex construction accidents can take a long time but is needed to achieve just compensation.