Common Construction Injuries and Workers Compensation Eligibility

Construction workers are placed in high-risk environments on a daily basis. As a result, it is no surprise that this field of work has one of the highest incidences of workers compensation claims in the United States.

At Bain & Rodzik, our workers compensation attorney in Wilmington NC helps injured construction workers on a daily basis. Here are some of the most common types of construction injuries and the options you have at your disposal if you’re currently injured and trying your best to get through this challenging time.

Top Causes of Injuries on Construction Sites

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the top causes for construction site injuries include:

  • Falls: Construction workers typically find themselves working in precarious positions, often high off the ground. Accidents involving falls from high places is a common cause of injuries. But, fall from heights isn’t the only risk on these sites. Falls can occur at ground level too, such as tripping into a deep ditch or stepping into an open manhole cover.
  • Scaffolding Collapses: Scaffolding is often used on construction sites and although there are several safety rules in place to help protect workers, accidents do still happen. Scaffolding can collapse for a range of reasons, but when they do, they can cause a lot of injuries and in many cases, even deaths.
  • Trench Collapses: Workers who work in deep trenches are at risk of having the trench collapse in on them. This results in workers suffering crushing injuries and in some cases, even being buried alive.
  • Electric Shocks: A construction site is filled with electrical equipment, including generators, electrical wiring, power tools, welding equipment, and more. And, when accidents occur involving electricity, injury and death are common.
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries: Construction workers often perform repetitive motions, such as swinging a hammer, which can wear down the joints in the overused part of the body. When the injury is severe enough, it can cause pain and immobility.
  • Injuries Caused by Lack of Safety Gear: Construction workers wear a lot of safety equipment, such as hard hats, protective eyewear, gloves, boots, and more. Forgetting to put on just one piece of gear can result in injury, making this is a common cause in construction site injuries and fatalities.
  • Toxic Chemical Exposure: Some construction sites use toxic chemicals in their building processes and in some cases, a worker can be exposed to the chemicals to the point that it causes a severe injury or illness.

Options for Injured Workers in North Carolina

An injury that occurs on a construction site can lead to a lengthy recovery time, or in some cases, a total inability to return to work. This can create an incredibly devastating financial hardship on the injured worker’s family. From paying medical bills to dealing with the loss of income, a single injury can wreck a family’s security.

But, in North Carolina, injured workers do have options that can help alleviate some of the financial burden. Injured workers can either file for workers compensation or, if their claim was denied, file a third party lawsuit.

Workers Compensation

If you were injured while you were doing your job, regardless of whether the accident occurred on the job site or off, you are entitled to workers compensation. The only things that may void your claim is if you were intoxicated, violating company policy, or in some way personally performing a negligent act in which you were injured.

A successful workers compensation claim will see that your medical bills are paid and that a percentage of your lost wages are covered. Disability benefits will also be provided in the event that you are either temporarily or permanently disabled. If the accident resulted in a death, then the survivors of the deceased will receive death benefits through workers compensation.

Third Party Lawsuit

In a third party lawsuit, you are suing someone for negligence that ultimately resulted in your injury. For instance, you were using a power tool and it harmed you because it was defective. In this case, you would file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the tool.

Bear in mind that employees cannot outright sue their employers. They can only sue people or manufacturers whose negligence caused their injuries. For this reason, a workers compensation claim is the only way an injured worker can take action against their employer.

Injured on the Job and Need Advice? Call Bain & Rodzik Today

If you were recently injured while on the job and you’re unsure whether to file a workers compensation claim or a third party lawsuit, call Bain & Rodzik’s workers compensation attorney in Wilmington NC today. We can look over the facts of your case and provide you with experienced legal representation if necessary.

At Bain & Rodzik, we are completely dedicated to helping our clients get the justice and compensation they deserve. If you suffered a workplace injury and you’re unable to work, call us today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. And remember, you won’t pay us a penny unless we win your case.