Due to the physical nature of the work, construction sites are very dangerous places. Construction workers are often expected to climb great heights, use powerful machinery or work in harsh weather conditions. As such, this puts them at risk of injuries. If you are a construction worker and have been injured on the job, your best course of action would be to get in touch with a work accident lawyer who can represent you and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Here are the most common construction site injuries construction workers are at risk of.
Common Construction Site Injuries
Construction workers are at risk of many different types of injuries. Some of the top causes of injuries include:
- Falling from heights
- Collapsed Trench
- Collapsed Scaffolding
- Motion injuries from repetitive actions
- Electric shock
- Failure to use appropriate protective gear
Construction workers who experience such accidents may sustain serious injuries. They include:
- Broken bones
- Neck or back injury
- Joint injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Illnesses due to exposure to harmful chemicals
What Should an Injured Construction Worker do?
An injured worker may need to pay expensive medical bills, take time off from work and even stop working altogether. The cost of medical bills and lost wages can result in heavy financial burdens for them and their household. For those who have been injured in their workplace, they can obtain compensation through workers’ compensation benefits or third-party lawsuit claims.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Employers are usually required to buy workers’ compensation insurance which will cover injuries sustained at the workplace. This benefit can be claimed even if your employer was not negligent. As long as no company policies were violated, workers should also be able to claim this benefit. Workers’ compensation can cover medical costs, lost income as well as provide one with disability benefits should they become disabled from the injury. Furthermore, if the injury results in you switching to a lower paying job, they will be able to receive partial disability benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefit has a wide coverage, and workers will be able to make a claim for injuries caused by accidents, repetitive motion, exposure to chemicals and more.
Third-Party Lawsuit Claims
You may be able to sue if your accident was caused by someone else other than your employer. Through a third-party lawsuit, you can obtain compensation that you cannot get through workers’ compensation. This includes payment for suffering and pain you have experienced. However, it must be proven that there was negligence or a defective product that resulted in the accident in order to make a third-party claim.
Find an Attorney to Help with Your Case
If you or someone you love was injured while carrying our construction work, attorneys from Corradino & Papa, LLC can help. We have a committed team of work accident attorneys that are dedicated to help our clients fight for the justice and compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.