The construction industry can be dangerous, so it’s no surprise that workers can get hurt so often. Fortunately, there are usually ways to remedy this and receive benefits that can help you pay your expenses while you recover. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the way you would like them to after you report an injury. This is when you may need the help of a seasoned Queens workers comp attorney.

What Types of Accidents Can Cause Injuries in Construction?

A job site can be host to all sorts of dangers. Construction workers can get hurt in falls due to slippery services, and falls from high places are distressingly common. Workers also must worry about exposure to hazardous substances, fire, or electricity.

Your employer also has an obligation to keep a site as safe as possible. This means frequent safety inspections and ensuring that all workers have proper safety training. Safety equipment should be doled out to workers and guardrails and other barriers need to be used to keep workers safer. A neglectful employer can create more dangerous situations.

What Are Some Common Injuries in Construction?

Even with the best safety training and equipment, injuries can still happen. Some types of wounds that are common in construction include:

  • Broken bones
  • Damage to vision or hearing
  • Burns
  • Electric shocks
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • PTSD

Some of these injuries have long recovery times and others could affect someone for the rest of their life. If you get hurt while working construction, you should be compensated.

What Should Construction Workers Do When Injured?

When you get injured on the job, report that right away. Your employer then needs to report the injury to their workers’ compensation insurance. Then you should receive benefits that can help make up for medical expenses and some of the pay you will miss out on while recovering. You also need to make sure that you seek out medical treatment as soon as you possibly can after getting injured.

Should I Hire an Attorney?

You may need an attorney if your claim gets denied. Workers’ compensation insurers can deny a claim for many reasons. They can have many different arguments ready to go, including:

  • You were intoxicated
  • Your injury was the result of horseplay
  • You had a pre-existing condition
  • You were not actually injured at work

An experienced attorney can help you appeal and get the benefits that you deserve. A lawyer from our firm would also be able to help you if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence and want to file a third-party accident claim. A good example of this would be if you got hurt by a malfunctioning piece of construction equipment. You may be able to sue the manufacturer of said equipment for damages, even if you already receive workers’ compensation.

Talk to Our Legal Team

If you have any questions about your legal options, contact the Law Offices of George Poulos. We can schedule a consultation and take a closer look at your case for you. If we think that we can help you win the compensation that you deserve, we’ll get right to work for you.