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Construction injury claims

Despite the checks put in place to prevent them, injuries are a common aspect of construction work. New York construction workers should be aware of how to obtain compensation for any injuries that occur as a result of a workplace accident.

Anyone who plans to submit a construction injury claim should be aware of the prevention and safety rules that are to be followed at all times while on a construction site. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established mandates that employers are to enact in order to provide a safe working environment. Some mandates include equipping employees with safe tools, educating employees about OSHA rules and keeping the workplace free of hazards.

Medical attention should be sought immediately after the occurrence of a workplace injury that was caused by an employer's failure to adhere to OSHA standards. The employee should begin maintaining documents regarding his or her injury and retain copies of any communication with the employer, including a written notification of the injury that should be submitted after medical treatment has been received.

An attorney should also be contacted to determine whether a workers' compensation or personal injury claim can be pursued. Injuries that occur in a work environment fall under workers' compensation laws. However, a personal injury claim may be pursued if the injury was the result of the negligence of a third party, such as the manufacturer of a defective product.

Workers who are injured on the job should contact their employer regarding workers' compensation. However, they may also consider if a personal injury claim should be filed instead. A personal injury attorney may be able to review the case and suggest what steps should be taken.

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