You’ve worked in construction for many years, and the requirements of the job have changed over time. You knew that your employer should have provided you with the safety equipment you needed to be as high as you were and not have a serious fall risk, but they didn’t.
You just wanted to get the job done, so you went up on the scaffolding anyway. It was only a story, and you decided to be extra cautious. Even though you didn’t have a helmet or a tether, you didn’t think that you’d run into any problems.
When you ended up falling, it was because the scaffolding shifted in a way you weren’t expecting. You dropped a tool over the side, and as you reached for it, the entire platform moved in a way that through you over the side. Now, you’re in the hospital recovering.
What should you do next? Here’s a shortlist that covers the basics of a workers’ compensation claim:
- Get emergency help after a fall.
- Let your employer know about the injury as soon as you can.
- Talk to your attorney about filing a workers’ compensation claim.
- File a workers’ compensation claim to seek benefits for your injury.
- Continue on your medical provider’s treatment plan.
- If the workers’ compensation claim is denied, appeal it.
After such a serious injury, you may not be feeling up to negotiating or appealing your workers’ compensation claim denial. Your attorney will be there to do that on your behalf, so you can focus on your recovery instead of the legal aspects of your case. Our website has more on the steps to take as you move forward with your claim.