Imagine a situation in which you’re injured in a construction accident. You feel like you’ve lost control of your life, as your future is not nearly as clear as it once was.

While this is a difficult challenge to face, you must take the right steps if you want to protect your legal rights and give yourself the best chance possible of making a full medical, personal, professional and financial recovery.

Here’s what you should do immediately following a construction accident:

  • Assess your injuries: It’s a misconception that you should first try to “walk it off.” If you do this you put yourself at risk of aggravating an already serious injury. Stop what you’re doing and immediately assess what you’re up against.
  • Call 911: Depending on the type of injury, you may need an ambulance to immediately transport you to a local hospital. For example, if you fell off a ladder and suspect a broken neck, proper care from the start is critical to your long-term health.
  • Notify your supervisor: When possible, immediately notify your supervisor of the incident. You can also contact your HR department if easier.
  • Follow your treatment plan: Your medical team will share a treatment plan for helping you heal your injuries as quickly as possible. Regardless of what it entails, follow it closely to give yourself the best chance of making a full recovery.

After you do the above, you can turn your attention to your legal rights and how to best seek compensation. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Make a personal injury claim: Depending on the type of accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim as a means of seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages.
  • File a workers’ compensation claim: This allows you to obtain compensation if you’re unable to return to work.
  • Continue with your medical care: Neglecting to do so puts your case and health in jeopardy.

Don’t let a construction accident define you for the rest of your life. Instead, take the steps necessary to make a recovery and protect your legal rights.