“I may lose my job if I report my construction accident” So I’m just going to forget about it!
Too often I hear from construction workers that they ‘did not file a report at the time of the accident because…’ they were in fear of losing their job. Of course, it’s the workers that we don’t hear about that scare us the most. Often the worker’s injury worsens to the point of disability and having not filed an accident report at the time of the incident makes the case difficult, if not impossible, to prove.
If you were involved in an accident on the job, on a construction site or elsewhere in the course of your employment, I cannot stress enough the importance of, at the very least, speaking confidentially to an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP. If you have family that depends on you for financial support, it is even more critical that you speak with an attorney; even if you feel you are not too badly injured at the time of the accident. If your injury worsens (such as a herniated disc that eventually required surgery) and you hadn’t filed for benefits or a third party suit if one is possible, you are doing your family a grave disservice financially.
Clients that call us well after their statute of limitations had run out call to see if something can be done because their injury had disabled them from working. These are sad situations because the only people that client is helping is the insurance carrier that was gritting his or her teeth waiting for the statute of limitations to expire; once it had, they are in the clear in some instances for millions of dollars. It happens EVERY DAY!
If you are concerned that your employer might somehow find out that you spoke with an attorney and are in fear of losing your job as a consequence, let me stop you right there. You are often safer job-wise if you do in fact file for workers ‘compensation benefits, because the workers’ compensation system has an anti-discrimination statute disallowing your employer to discriminate against you based on the filing of a workers’ compensation claim. Hach & Rose, LLP, is a law firm for you; we are incredibly experienced at litigating construction site accidents and have achieved great success for our clients and we are respected as one of the top law firms for personal injury in New York. We understand the issues you face in the reality of the workplace and often can anticipate, based on prior experience with various employers, how your employer will react. We do not have a crystal ball, but we do have experience with many of the employers in New York and can counsel you as to whether it would be worth it for you to proceed and at the very least can tell you how to protect yourself should your injury worsen in the future. Even if it turns out that you do not have a case, everything we discuss is completely confidential. Confidentiality is something we take very seriously at Hach & Rose, LLP, so please, rest assured that you cannot be hurt in any way for finding out what your rights are, whether you have a viable case, and whether that case is worthwhile for you to pursue. Furthermore, if it turns out, as it has so many times in the past, that you do have a case and you had not done anything at the time of the accident to warrant fear of reprisal, we can work with you to determine whether you still have time to obtain financial compensation. Always err on the side of caution and speak with a Hach & Rose attorney; it cannot hurt you in any way to do so.