Construction Site Accident
INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Out of every five job-related deaths in the U.S. each year, one is in the construction industry . The construction sector presents more opportunities for worker injury and death than most other industries, with hazards such as dangerous equipment and risk of falls. Construction zones can turn into deathtraps if site managers and employers don’t properly care for the safety of their workers. If you or a loved one has been in a construction-related accident in Baton Rouge, Murphy Law Firm wants to hear from you. You may be eligible for compensation.
Common Construction Site Accidents in Louisiana
Construction workers are constantly in contact with dangerous tools, equipment, vehicles, materials, and substances. Every day, they go to work and enter environmental conditions and situations that could end in injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other organizations work hard to ensure each construction zone adheres to certain standards in terms of safety. Unfortunately, not every workplace takes these standards seriously. Unreasonably dangerous workplaces have caused thousands of preventable injuries and deaths over the years. The negligence of others can result in accidents such as:
Construction site accidents can cause all manner of injuries to workers, including:
As an injured worker, your health should be your first priority. Report the accident to your employer or manager, and then request an ambulance or go to the hospital. Prompt medical care is important for your personal safety, as well as for an insurance claim. If you have catastrophic injuries, a loved one died, or you suspect someone else’s negligence caused your accident, contact us as soon as you can for a consultation.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Baton Rouge
Louisiana’s workers’ compensation law mandates that almost all employers purchase insurance to cover their employees, with a few exemptions. In the event of job-related injuries or illnesses, construction workers have the right to file workers’ compensation claims through their employers or on their own. Workers do not have to prove negligence to qualify for medical bill coverage, disability payments, and partial lost wages through the state’s workers’ comp system. In exchange, however, they give up the right to sue the employer.
It’s always worthwhile to discuss the facts of your accident with a personal injury attorney before making a final decision on how to recover compensation. Accepting a workers’ compensation settlement might not be your best option. If your employer negligently failed to train you, maintain a safe work environment, or equip you with safety gear, you might want to consider a lawsuit instead. You could also be eligible to recover through workers’ comp and a personal injury claim if a third party is at fault.