Injured on the job? Recover Compensation from a Construction Accident

Do you have a construction injury? Considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, construction workers face dangerous challenges every day. Falls are the biggest cause of construction-related accidents. Because a construction accident can cause you to have to take time off or it can put you in the hospital, you should have the best representation whether you have a slip and fall on a job site, suffer from a crush injury or other type of injury.

Construction Injury Facts

Construction InjuryEvery year, one in every ten construction workers is injured. Because some construction sites include unsafe working conditions, it’s important to understand how construction injuries can occur in establishing liability.

For some construction workers who have been injured, it’s possible that the construction site is at fault because they didn’t put up the proper signs or ensure that workers were protected by offering them the best equipment. Worker safety is very important on all construction sites. If you have any questions about the nature of your work or if you haven’t been instructed about safety hazards, ask your employer for training or consult a seasoned manager for assistance to keep you safe on the job.

Regardless of the nature of the injury that you’ve had, the construction industry has staggering statistics when it comes to construction accidents and worker safety:

Construction Accident Statistics:

  • OSHA stated that in 2016, 5,190 workers were killed while on the job.
  • In 2016, of the 991 construction related falls, 384 resulted in a worker’s death.
  • 93 construction workers were struck by falling or hanging objects.
  • There were 82 construction workers that were electrocuted in 2016.
  • 72 construction workers were involved in crush accidents.




Construction Accident Help: You’re Not In This Alone

When you’re injured on the job, whether you suffer from a fall or a crush injury, there are certain steps that you will want to take to ensure you receive the best care and that you process a claim in a timely manner.

The reason you want to follow these steps is that it can mean the difference between having proper legal representation and not having help as your medical bills pile up.

You see, when you are injured, if you have an injury that causes you to lose time from work, you’re not being paid. During that time, your medical bills will start to pile up as you see a doctor and receive care. If you went to the emergency room or were sent by ambulance, there are other costly bills that need to be paid.

While you are out of work, you still have your other bills to manage and you likely have a family that you need to support. Having an experienced construction injury lawyer who specializes in slip and fall injuries and crush injuries on construction sites can help you get the money you deserve from your accident. This is important especially if you can’t go back to work or if you are fired from your job and will require legal expertise.




Steps to Take If You Have a Construction Injury

With a construction accident, use the following tips to help you with getting medical attention and finding legal counsel:

  • After an injury or workplace accident, let a supervisor know right away.
  • Confirm if there are any witnesses who saw you fall or if there are any cameras in the area.
  • Let your supervisor and employer know that you need to seek medical attention. If it’s serious, go to the ER or have someone drive you. If it’s not serious, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
  • Ask your employer to file an incident report to document that you were injured on the job.
  • When you speak to your doctor at your doctor’s office or the hospital, explain in detail your injuries so they can document it in your chart.
  • After consulting with your doctor, find out how much time off you will need and let your employer know. Your employer may tell you that you need to apply for Workers Compensation.
  • If you’re able to return to work, contact a lawyer if the work conditions were unsafe.
  • If you’re not able to return to work and/or if your job fires you or lays you off, contact a lawyer to help you recoup the money you lost and let them know if the work condition was unsafe.

Tip: If you have a smartphone, take pictures of your injuries at the time and if it was an unsafe working condition, try to photograph the area where you fell or were injured. Don’t rely on overhead cameras and video surveillance which may not be working.




Understanding Your Workers Compensation Coverage

While employers do all they can to provide a safe work area, there are accidents and injuries that can occur on any job site. Given that 60 percent of injuries take place during a worker’s first year on the job, having insurance to cover you is why employers elect workers compensation insurance coverage.

Workers compensation was set up based on the Workers Compensation Act (WCA). This entitles you to work benefits in the event that you are injured n the job whether you were at fault or not. It provides protection coverage to employers to ensure that you have insurance to cover your medical expenses in the event of an injury or accident whether you’re using industrial machinery or on a commercial or residential property site.

Workers compensation insurance covers:

  • Medical expenses for on the job injuries, accidents, and illnesses that are work-related.
  • Wages to cover time off if there was an accident or injury.
  • Legal fees if there was an incident on-the-job and your employer, i.e., the construction site is being sued.

Benefits can include weekly pay and coverage for your medical expenses. The payments will be a percentage of the amount of money that you made in your full salary. While a worker’s compensation claim can take time, know that the payments may not be equal to your full salary that you had while you were working. That’s one of the reasons that construction workers will look for experienced legal counsel who can help them receive more money to cover their medical expenses, time-off, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

Workers compensation is required by all businesses and it should be offered to you. If you haven’t been told about workers compensation insurance or if it hasn’t been offered to you, speak to an attorney who might be able to help you.




Establishing Third Party Liability with a Construction Injury

Fall protection is one of the biggest OSHA violations on construction sites. In establishing third party liability, it may be possible in some cases, to sue a third-party for negligence. For example, it might be the architects, building owners or the equipment manufacturers that should be held liable for your accident or injury. It can also be possible that it was a foreman, contractor, general contractor or subcontractor that was to blame. For example:

  • If secure netting was not added to an unsafe work area and you fell, you might be able to prove negligence.
  • If signs were not posted in an area where there was wet flooring and you slipped and fell, you might be able to prove negligence.
  • Additionally, if a piece of equipment malfunctioned, you might be able to prove negligence in how the equipment operated and then malfunctioned.

Contacting an experienced construction injury lawyer who specializes in construction site injuries and accidents can help you because they can speak to all parties involved and look into the types of equipment that were used on that particular job site.

Accidents and injuries take place every day with power tools, ladders, winches, scaffolding, and other types of construction equipment. If you were injured due to the equipment or from a hazardous work condition, let your attorney know because it might be easier to prove your claim and receive the money for your medical bills while you heal from your injuries.


Hire an Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer

No one wants to be injured on the job. It can cost you time away from your employer and it can cause bills to pile up. You will also need time off to heal and hopefully get back to work. If your injury is severe, you might need physical therapy or rehabilitation services in order to regain your strength. If you need a personal injury attorney, turn to a name you can trust.


Smiley Injury Law

Because some injuries take a long time to recover from and other injuries are permanent, speak to an experienced legal team that can help you get your life back on track. Smiley Injury Law is a full-service, reputable, and experienced law firm with construction accident specialists that can help you with your case. Based out of New Orleans, Louisiana, they also have offices in Texas and California. They can help if you need a personal injury attorney or a car accident attorney.

Let Smiley Injury Law help you with your construction accident or injury claim to help you get back to work and back to your livelihood. You’re not in this alone. Get a free legal consultation today!

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