While on-the-job injuries may occur on any job site, none are as consistently dangerous as active construction sites are. Each day, workers put their health and wellbeing on the line working with hazardous materials and performing any number of potentially risky tasks. When work accidents do occur, they can be severe and disabling, leaving these workers unable to care for themselves or provide for their loved ones. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are available to help in these situations. If you or someone you care about works in this field, it is important to be aware of the specific dangers, as well as what to do if an injury occurs. If you have already been injured on the job, please connect with a construction accident attorney Palm Beach residents trust as soon as you can after receiving medical attention. The experienced team at Florida’s Franks, Koenig, & Neuwelt is here to answer your questions and help you to navigate any legal and financial options that may apply to your unique situation.
Common Types of Construction Worker Injuries
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction field suffers the highest percentage of on the job accidents and worker fatalities as compared to all other major American industries. Of the nearly 5,000 fatal work accidents that occurred in one year, more than 20 percent involve construction workers. If you are a close family member of someone who has lost their life while working on a construction site, please contact an experienced Palm Beach construction accident attorney at our firm today. You have legal and financial options just as an injured worker does.
OSHA identifies the leading causes of life-threatening construction accidents as the ‘Fatal Four’. They include:
- Falls, which account for roughly one-third of all construction-related fatalities;
- Getting struck by heavy objects, equipment, or by falling debris;
- Electrocutions when dealing with live wiring or in excavations;
- Getting caught between objects, such as motor vehicles or machinery.
OSHA reports that these accidents often occur either as the result of poorly maintained workplaces or a lack of proper safety procedures. Among the most frequent citations issued by OSHA include improper scaffolding for fall protection, lack of machine safety guards to prevent workers being caught, poor hazard communications between workers and construction site managers, and failure to control hazardous substances by owners and suppliers. Regardless of what circumstances inspired your accident, you are likely entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, a Palm Beach construction accident attorney can clarify whether there are any exceptions that may apply to your situation.
Getting the Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Are Entitled To
When on-the-job construction site accidents and injuries do occur, workers’ compensation insurance can provide the benefits employees and their families need to recover. These benefits include:
- Medical care, which includes necessary diagnostic testing, treatment, medications, and physical therapy;
- Temporary disability benefits, which can provide support for you and your family while you recover;
- Permanent disability benefits, if your injuries result in lasting impairments;
- Job displacement benefits, if disabilities prevent you from returning to your prior position;
- Death benefits, which can provide for surviving family members in the event an injury proves fatal.
In order to receive these benefits, it is crucial that you report your injury to your supervisor immediately when it occurs, get medical attention as soon as possible, and follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Fill out all forms provided by your employer promptly when you receive them, and make sure all documents are submitted within the appropriate time frames. If you have questions, need assistance, or would like any kind of support as you navigate this process, a Palm Beach construction accident attorney at our firm can act as a strong legal advocate on your behalf to help ensure you get the total amount to which you are entitled.