Although injuries can occur in many professions in all fields of work, it is an unfortunate fact that they occur more frequently within the construction industry due to the dangerous nature of the job. As with employees in other work fields when they are injured, injured construction workers are eligible to receive compensation for their injuries while they are in recovery.
COMMON TYPES OF INJURIES
Common injuries that occur to construction workers include falls, heat stroke, broken bones, and lacerations from falling objects. In addition to injuries caused by repetitive movements such as handling a jackhammer. Some workers may even suffer respiratory ailments caused by dust or chemicals used in building materials, and in extreme cases, the structure can collapse and seriously injure workers.
According to the U.S. Labor Department, in a recent year, more than 800 construction workers were killed in this type of workplace accident. Half of these deaths were caused by falls, falling objects, electrocution and being hit by a vehicle or crushed by another large object. Injury statistics are harder to come by, but the Labor Department estimates that 4 out of 100 construction workers are injured in some way each year.
RECOVERY OPTIONS FOR INJURED WORKERS
If a construction worker is injured, he or she may file a workers’ compensation claim, which is a form of workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to provide injured workers with a quick and (relatively) simple way to obtain insurance payments during the recovery period, so that mortgage payments and other bills can be paid on time. Keep in mind that workers’ compensation benefits are generally available for workers’ compensation even if he was responsible in some way for the occurrence of the injury. Also, keep in mind that compensation benefits are capped and usually decrease over time as the employee heals and moves back to work. If an employer acted in a manner that clearly ignores the worker’s safety, an injured employee may choose to file a claim instead of a workers’ compensation claim.
HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP IF I AM INJURED ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE?
A lawyer can help you understand your rights to a safe workplace. He can explain the regulations to you, and help you file a workers’ compensation claim if you were injured. In some situations, a lawsuit can make more sense, and an attorney can explain the advantages and drawbacks of both workers’ compensation claims and lawsuits so you can decide which way is best for you to go. Contact a qualified attorney if you are injured, and we will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.