When you’ve been hurt on the job in the construction industry, there are many feelings and concerns that may come up. You might wonder if you’ll be able to afford to take time off to heal from your injury or afford mounting medical costs if the injury is severe enough to require physical therapy, pain management strategies, and other modes of treatment. What’s more, you might wonder how you’ll be able to provide for your family and pay high costs of living if you’re too injured to work.
Additionally, it can be stressful to think about what legal action you may be able to take against your employer in the case of malpractice if you believe that your employer’s negligence or harmful actions lead to your injury. Often, folks who’ve been injured on a construction site outside or inside of the project may want to prevent injuries from happening to current and future employees of the same company. With over 4 billion tons of cement produced each year, there is clearly no shortage of dangerous materials located on construction sites. These are all noble concerns for employees in the construction industry to have and they make sense given all of the unknowns that people who work in construction who have been injured face.
Report Right Away for Favorable Legal Outcomes
Depending on how long ago you were injured on a construction site, you may or may not still have time to report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement authorities and expect them to be able to do something about it. If you were injured on the construction site and then believe that the doctors who treated you committed medical malpractice, you’ll want to report it as soon as you can because the statute of limitations for any medical malpractice case related to worker’s compensation or otherwise is only two years. Once the statute of limitations has passed, you won’t be able to make the report to the appropriate authorities and have a reasonable expectation of the authorities to take action on the case.
Even if you have a clear, cut-and-dry medical malpractice case that would have medical malpractice lawyers salivating at how simple the case would be to prove, it won’t mean anything if you’re outside of the statute of limitations for this area of law. This is why time is of the essence in making reports for malpractice cases. Laws related to reporting a construction employer for endangering employees may also have statutes of limitations that you need to consider when you think about a timeline for reporting the harm that was done to you on the job.
Document Any Illegal or Harmful Behaviors on the Job
Unfortunately, injuring employees through unsafe practices or poorly maintained equipment isn’t the only harm that construction company managers may inflict on employees. As ASCE Library shares, large-sized construction companies have reported that theft impacts their companies greatly in comparison to smaller construction companies who may not be hit as hard by theft. On the flip side, smaller construction firms frequently struggle with vandalism whereas larger firms seem like they are not impacted as heavily by smaller crimes like vandalism than their smaller construction firm counterparts.
Of course, individual companies may experience levels of theft, vandalism, and employees being hurt on the job to varying degrees. No matter what crimes or problematic behaviors you witness at your construction company, you should document these behaviors and report them to the appropriate officer or manager if you feel safe to do so. Creating a paper trail by emailing supervisors to make them aware of problems when it is safe can help you make a case down the road if you need to do so.
When you’ve been injured on a construction site, you might not know where to turn. As long as you follow the guidelines set forth by your union and company, you should be set. You can also take legal action if necessary.