If you or a loved one works in construction, you know there are risks. However, this does not mean you should be subjected to negligence or carelessness on the job site. At the SMT Legal, we are dedicated to helping construction workers and their families recover after a preventable incident. We will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us today when you need a construction worksite accident attorney.
Construction workers should never worry about compensation
Construction workers face many risks on the job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were more than 2.8 million total nonfatal workplace injuries during the latest reporting year in the US.
In order to gain a clear picture of how construction workers are affected by injuries, we can turn to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They tell us that 20.7% of all workplace fatalities during the latest reporting year in the US were construction workers.
OSHA tells us that the most common causes of fatalities include falls, workers getting struck by objects, electrocutions, and workers getting caught in between objects. However, thousands of construction workers are injured and survive. It is not uncommon for our Washington County construction accident lawyers to encounter the following:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken or Dislocated Bones
- Stress-related injuries
- Hearing and Vision Loss
- Respiratory Problems
Most of these are traumatic injuries, but some are caused by long-term exposure to hazardous environmental conditions.
Does workers’ compensation cover these costs?
In most work injury cases, workers’ compensation does cover a person’s medical bills and lost income. However, this may not cover all of an injured worker’s expenses and does not include coverage for pain and suffering. There are instances where a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary:
- If a construction work injury was the result of gross negligence on the part of an employer, such as unsafe working conditions, faulty equipment, etc.
- If the injury was caused by a third-party contractor not directly employed by the construction company.
- If the injury was the result of a defective tool or piece of equipment.
Let us help you secure the compensation you need
If you or a loved one work in construction and have been injured on the job, you may need to seek legal assistance. At the SMT Legal, we understand that these incidents are not always straightforward workers’ compensation cases. We will investigate your claim and work to recover the following:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the incident
- Your rightful compensation if you cannot work
- Loss of future earnings and earning potential