When you’re on your way to work, do you ever think about what would happen if you were hurt in an accident while on the job? Do you know what to do after an accident takes place?
If you work on a construction site in San Diego, you’ve probably heard of people getting injured on the job. You may even know someone who has been hurt in a fall or another kind of serious incident. Sadly, these situations are all too common on construction sites in California.
We know that the time after a construction accident is critical and that taking steps to protect yourself right away is very important. Do you know what to do after you’ve been hurt on a worksite?
Here are three things you should know:
- You need to see a doctor right away. After any type of construction accident – whether you fell, something fell on you or you were injured in any other way – you need to see a doctor as quickly as possible. Even if you don’t think you were hurt that badly, you may have actually suffered a serious injury that you won’t know about until later.
A doctor will be able to perform tests and tell you what you need to do to recover from your injuries. If your injury was really serious, you may need to see different kinds of doctors and it could take a long time to get you back on your feet. The sooner you see a doctor after you are hurt, the better off you’ll be.
- Workers’ compensation could help you pay your bills while you heal. When you get hurt on the job, the idea of being out of work to recover can seem impossible. You may wonder how you will be able to pay your bills when you aren’t able to collect your paycheck.
After an injury at work, you may be able to get workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can pay for your medical bills and your lost wages – the money you would have gotten from your paycheck.
- You may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Workers’ compensation benefits aren’t the only way you can get help to pay your bills after you get hurt at work. You can also file a personal injury lawsuit.
Workers’ compensation benefits don’t cover everything you might need to recover after your injury. For example, you could get money for your pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit.
If you get hurt while at work, you need to take care of yourself first.