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Getting Medical Help for a Construction Site Injury

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 29, 2011

Washington State has several rules and requirements for construction site workers who are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation payments and other benefits may be available to many of these workers. Workers can help protect themselves and their coworkers by knowing what steps to take when an injury occurs, according to the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries.

  1. Call an ambulance. If an employee is injured and the situation is an emergency, call 911 immediately. The Department of Labor and Industries will reimburse employers for emergency transfer and care, if the request is made in writing.
  2. Call the department of Labor and Industries if the injured person is killed by the accident, is near death, or is hospitalized as an in-patient due to the severity of his or her injuries. The department requires employers to call within eight hours of these severe injuries. Employers can report these types of injuries by calling 1-888-423-7233.
  3. Have employees see a doctor even if the injury does not require emergency care. Workers’ compensation pays the costs of most doctor’s visits, and employees can file their claim by seeing a doctor. Injured employees in Wisconsin have a right to see a doctor and to choose who will accompany them to the doctor’s office.

Getting medical care promptly can prevent more serious re-injuries or complications from occurring down the road. It gets an injured employee on the road to healing more quickly and maximizes the injured person’s chances of recovery.

If you or someone you love is injured in a construction or other workplace accident, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Our phone number is 888-228-3860. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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