Carpenters, masons, electricians, pipefitters and more. These men and women who hold these titles work physically demanding and often dangerous jobs.
Injuries on the job can be simple accidents, but they can also be due to negligence. Regardless of the reason, you can get compensation for work-related injuries.
Workers should always feel safe at their jobs, and employers are obligated to take every precaution to create a safe work environment and prevent injuries. Nonetheless, construction sites are inherently dangerous places, and accidents happen.
Injuries are more likely to happen when employers don’t follow proper protocol and fail to create a safe working environment, as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, injuries can happen for many reasons. According to OSHA, the top four reasons for injury on construction sites include:
If you’re injured on the job, there are certain steps you should take to reduce the effects of your injury and receive compensation.
First and foremost, for any serious injury, call 911 immediately. For any injury, take the following steps:
After an injury on the job, an experienced construction injury attorney can walk you through these steps and help you determine if the injury was due to negligence
Most employers have worker’s compensation insurance, and this insurance protects both you and your employer in case of an injury. It provides you with compensation when you get injured at work, which can include but is not limited to:
A major benefit of worker’s compensation is that you don’t need to prove that your injury was due to negligence or that it was anybody’s fault. Your injury could be a simple accident, or it could be an injury due to repetitive motion like tendonitis or carpal tunnel. As long as you sustain your injury on the job or it is work-related, you will likely be able to receive worker’s compensation benefits.
One major caveat with worker’s compensation is that if you get these benefits, you typically aren’t able to sue your employer. If worker’s compensation isn't enough money to cover your needs and expenses, you may want to look for other ways to get properly compensated for your injury.
Personal injury settlements also cover many things worker’s compensation doesn’t, such as punitive damages meant to punish the defendant and compensation for pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life. It’s also possible to get full compensation for your wages, while with worker’s compensation, you usually get two thirds the amount of your wages
Unlike worker’s compensation, you must be able to prove that somebody was negligent in order to win a personal injury lawsuit; construction injury lawyers are experienced in determining if anybody is liable for on-the-job injuries.
It takes longer to get compensated in a personal injury lawsuit than it does with worker’s compensation, but it is definitely worth it when your worker’s compensation benefits are not enough. Navigating personal injury law can be confusing, and nobody expects you to be able to do it on your own.
If you believe your injury was due to negligence of a third party, such as a manufacturer of equipment, talk to a construction injury lawyer. Select Justice has a selection of lawyers in our network who are experienced in these types of cases, and they can help you determine if your situation qualifies for a personal injury lawsuit.
We are here to help you and loved ones advocate for justice. Feel free to send us any questions you might have, either about an injury or the process for pursuing justice so we can help you exercise your rights.