According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is classified as the tenth most dangerous industry. Whether workers are putting roofs on buildings, erecting scaffolding, using power tools, or handling any other aspect of construction, the risks of injury and death are always present. It is important that you understand your worker’s compensation rights in North Carolina and the surrounding areas. Don’t wait until a real accident occurs to take action.
What are Construction Accidents?
Common types of construction accidents include:
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Falling objects
- Faulty forklifts and cranes
- Damaged equipment and electrical wiring
- Collapsed trenches
- Falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolding
- Construction vehicles
- Scissor-lift trucks
- Bucket trucks
Employers have a duty to protect their employees from harm when it comes to construction accidents. Although workers’ compensation is typically the remedy for most construction accident cases, there might be third parties liable for your on-the-job injury.
Understanding the Dangers of Construction Accidents
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has stated that nearly a quarter of all on-the-job deaths occurred in the construction industry. Below is a quick look at OSHA’s Fatal Four:
- Caught between heavy machinery
- Being hit by falling objects
In addition to the worrying number of annual deaths, thousands of construction workers are injured to the extent that their lives are never again the same. These workers may lose their abilities to return to their former jobs or switch occupations.
Are You a Victim of a Construction Accident?
Chances are you might have heard of workers’ compensation insurance and/or liability insurance. These plans play a prominent role in compensating workers for their job-related injuries. In addition to compensating injured workers, these policies also protect employers from being sued for a worker’s injury.
Workers’ compensation is like a catch-all for one’s work-related injuries. It can cover small and large injuries that occur on the jobsite. Whether you have suffered a gradual injury that developed over time or a serious one from a one-time accident, workers’ comp plans should cover past and future lost wages, as well as the cost of ongoing therapies and medical expenses. In some cases, individuals are granted death benefits after the loss of a loved one.
Construction accident claims are complex; you should not go it alone. Work with experienced lawyers to sort out liability among all of the involved parties. These processes help quantify the injured worker’s right to financial compensation.
Why Should You Hire Cardinal Law Partners to Defend Your Rights in a Construction Accident Case?
You can enjoy complete peace of mind knowing that Cardinal Law Partners is comprised of North Carolina Board certified worker’s compensation attorneys. We serve as dedicated advocates who fight for the rights of construction accident victims. Our workers’ compensation attorneys make it a priority to address all of our clients’ concerns about overcoming the financial strain to make a full recovery, seek required medical treatments, and recover lost wages while out of work.
If you or a loved one has lost a family member or was injured in a construction accident, contact Cardinal Law Partners now to schedule a free consultation with our workers’ compensation