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Steps to take if you are injured in a construction accident

As a construction worker, you understand the risks associated with your job. You also understand that there are steps you can take to prevent injury. If you are injured in a construction accident, it's important that you take the right steps at the right time.

Above all else, make sure you address your injuries in a timely and appropriate manner. It doesn't matter what the future holds if you are not healthy. As soon as possible, report the injury to your employer. If you delay in doing so, the company could claim that the injury did not occur on company property.

From there, it is time to complete a workers' compensation claim form. Be sure that it is filled out completely and accurately. Neglecting to do so could cause you problems in the long run.

Finally, it is time to file the claim. Doing so quickly will help you avoid a delay that could lead to additional trouble, such as having to pay out of pocket for certain expenses. In other words, a delay in reporting could lead to a delay in receiving benefits.

Nobody wants to think about the fact that they could be injured in a construction accident, but you never know if this will happen. It's best to be ready for anything, which means knowing the steps to take if you are put in this position.

By taking the right steps, you can begin to receive workers' compensation benefits as soon as possible. From a financial point of view, this will work out in your favor.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction Accidents and Workers' Compensation," accessed May 09, 2016

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