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What should I know about construction accidents?

Our country depends on construction workers to build the structures that we depend each and every day. These workers work hard to ensure that we can enjoy safe buildings, roads, and other structures. Often, these workers are working in dangerous conditions. When an accident does happen, the construction workers often depend on workers' compensation to help them pay for medical costs and lost wages.

What type of accidents might construction workers suffer injuries in?

The most common type of accident that construction workers might be injured in is a fall. Falls account for around one-third of all construction worker accidents. Being struck by an object, electrocutions, and caught-ins and caught betweens round out the top types of accidents that can lead to injuries.

What type of compensation might construction workers receive?

Workers' compensation claims are based on several factors, including the severity of the accident, the percentage of disability, and the time missed from work. There are some cases in which workers' compensation benefits for lost time claims can top $100,000 or more for falls. The claims for medical payments can easily go higher than $106,000.

What happens if the injury is severe?

Construction workers who suffer from serious injuries might not be able to work again. This means that they might end up having to rely on disability payments to make ends meet. Interestingly, some disability payments will go through the workers' compensation program.

If you have been injured during a construction job, you might decide to explore your rights to workers' compensation payments. Making sure that you understand your rights can help you as your claim moves forward.

Source: FindLaw, "Construction Safety: The Industry at a Glance," accessed June 24, 2016

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