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Different Types of Protections for Injured Construction Workers

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 10, 2021

Construction accidents can result in serious injuries to victims that may leave them unable to work when they need to most because of mounting medical care and other costs. There are different options to consider for relief when a construction worker has been injured on the job that injured workers should be aware of.

Workers injured in construction accidents can seek workers’ compensation benefits which can help with medical costs, rehabilitation costs and lost earnings. Benefits are paid through the worker’s employer or employer’s insurance company. Alternately, if a third party is responsible for the harm the injured worker suffered in a construction accident, the injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim for damages.

A personal injury claim for damages allows the injured victim to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Additional damages may also be available through a personal injury claim for damages. Third party claims are based on the negligence of the third party in causing the construction accident and may include construction accidents involving heavy machinery; defective tools and machinery; burn accidents; scaffolding or ladder falls and other accidents; and motor vehicle accidents that occur during the worker’s job.

Construction accidents can be complex and the legal options that follow can be equally complex which is why injured construction workers should understand all of their options and the remedies available to them. Injured construction workers have a variety of protections to consider that they should be familiar with when harmed on the job.