Workers’ compensation for construction accidents can be complicated without legal advice. There are many detailed processes and procedures that have to take place in a timely fashion. Victims that have been injured in a work accident may be entitled to receive benefits and/or punitive damages. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you recover damages and ensure that your rights are protected.
Are You In Danger At Your Construction Workplace?
Injuries in the workplace are one of the most common. Certain workplaces, such as construction sites, can be extremely dangerous to anyone. Dangerous chemicals and falling objects are often the cause of injuries within construction site zones. While most work accidents result in minor injuries like cuts or burns, work accidents can result in severe injuries, long-term disability or death. Regardless of whether the injury is minor or severe, workers have a right to receive compensation for injuries they incur at work.
Discussing Common Workplace Accidents:
Let’s analyze some of the most common accidents that occur on the construction site.
- Falling Accidents. When it comes to construction, there are often scenarios where workers need to negotiate elevated locations. Some examples include scaffolding, girders, building structures, and building exteriors. Falling from even a modest height can result in serious injury or death.
- Falling Objects. It’s not always the person that falls – many times it’s objects. During construction lots of material is being broken, put together, and moved around. This breeds a lot of opportunity for unsuspecting workers to get an unpleasant surprise from above.
- Equipment/Vehicle Incident. Most jobs involve more than simple hand tools. Complex construction equipment and vehicles provide a constant challenge for workers to both get a job done on time, but to also do it safely. As equipment gets older, the risks tend to increase.
- Exertion Injury. Construction work is often synonymous with manual labor. Any time extreme amounts of physical exertion are in play there is a possibility for injury. Examples often include lifting strain, repetitive stress disorder, tendonitis, and general body wear-and-tear.
- Chemical Incidents. Spills, exposure, and other unpleasant interactions with chemicals are a serious concern for many construction workers. There are often harsh cleansers, lubricants, and other chemicals involved in the overall construction plan of a job, and overexposure is not terribly uncommon.
- Fire/Explosion. Sometimes related to the chemicals cited above, fire and explosion is another reality of the construction site. High pressure equipment and volatile material can cause serious burns or worse to workers how are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Results of Construction Accidents:
Just as unfortunate as the accident itself is some of the results that occur afterwards. Many people either do not see some of these issues coming, or don’t know how to handle them. Let’s analyze a few examples:
- Extensive medical bills from various injuries occurred on the job.
- Missed shifts and time at work, resulting in loss of wages.
- Reduced ability to perform work at the same level as before injury.
- Usage of personal days / sick days beyond those available.
- Negative pressure from bosses, coworkers, etc to either hide injury or report it in fraudulent ways.
- Shift work from full-time to light duty or reduced responsibilities.
Problems after an injury end to pile up, and it can be extremely difficult handling them, especially from a legal perspective.
We Can Help:
If you have suffered injury because of a work accident, The Hayes Firm will be able to find you a more-than-qualified worker’s compensation attorney who can help you with your case and determine if you are eligible for benefits. Please feel free to contact us online or call 1-800-603-6833 for a free lawyer consultation. All consultations are free of charge and will be answered as soon as possible.