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What if I'm injured near a construction site?

Construction is not just a dangerous industry to work in. Sometimes, injuries to passerby can occur because of debris or poorly-marked construction zones. When this happens, it may be possible to file a claim against the construction company itself.

To do that, you should follow these steps after a construction site injury.

1. Collect evidence/photos

If your injury is fairly damaging or debilitating, medical attention should always be your first priority. However, if you are well enough to do so, collect any evidence of damages or possible fault by taking photos. Take photos of your injuries, the site, the exact area where you were hurt, the object that caused the damage, etc.

The more evidence you have of what happened, the easier it will be to show fault for the injury.

2. Get witness information.

Get contact information from any witnesses who may have seen the accident. The more people who can provide information about what happened, the better off you'll be. It increases the strength of your case if others, who were uninvolved, can confirm that they saw you injured by debris or other unsafe conditions on a construction site.

3. Inform the company or relevant people that you will file a claim

This is a critical step that many people do not realize. By stating you will file a claim, you are reserving the right to do so, even after a period of time has passed. Just because you tell them you plan to file a claim does not mean you have to file. It just means that, if you do later decide to do so, they cannot dismiss your claim on the grounds that too much time has passed without you informing them of your injury.

4. Record the event and everything after it.

As soon as you are able, write down everything you remember about what happened while it is still fresh in your memory. Then, make sure you record what you do in the following weeks after the accident. Record when you go to the doctor, if you had to miss work because of your injury, tasks that have become harder/impossible because of the injury, etc.

All of this is important information when you take legal action and it can help you to get the proper compensation for your injuries and lost wages.

5. Consult a lawyer for free about your case.

If you are unsure whether you should file a claim, you can have an attorney review your case for free. Keep in mind that it is still a wise idea to follow the above steps, even if you don't know if you want to file a claim. An attorney can review everything you have and advise you on what you should do next or help you win your case for fair compensation.

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