Even with employees and employers doing whatever they can to prevent construction accidents, these still occur throughout the country on a regular basis.
Some accidents are minor, meaning that nobody involved was seriously injured. Others, however, are much more serious. In some cases, a construction accident can lead to a person being unable to work for many months (or longer).
There are many causes of construction accidents, including but not limited to: fall from height, object falling from above, exposure to a dangerous substance, electrocution, fire, trips and falls, and those involving vehicles.
If a person is injured in a construction accident, the first thing he or she should do is receive medical treatment. Also, it’s important to report the accident as soon as possible. This helps lessen the likelihood of the employer stating that the accident happened outside of work.
Finally, in the event that the injured party is unable to return to work, he or she may want to file a workers’ compensation claim.
At our law firm, we know that filing a claim for workers’ compensation is easier said than done. If you’ve done this in the past, you know there are many challenges that can arise along the way.
If you or a loved one is injured in a construction site accident, if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. If for any reason your initial claim is denied, don’t stop there. Instead, file an appeal to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of receiving benefits.