Construction sites can be very dangerous when a mistake is made or a safety violation occurs. The heavy equipment, large materials and, sometimes, the height at which the work is taking place, can all pose serious risks to workers. When a construction site accident happens, a worker can end up with severe injuries. Unfortunately, one of these instances happened recently at a major university, and helps show Ohioans what their rights are when they are injured on the job.
At Texas A&M University, four construction workers were hurt when the frame of the equestrian center they were building collapsed. The injured workers were taken to the hospital where three of them remain in critical condition. Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the collapse, but one thing is certain: these workers will have a long, arduous recovery ahead of them.
Recovering from a workplace injury is no easy feat. Each worker will likely have to go through painful rehabilitation, which may or may not fully alleviate the condition. Many workers in these situations are left with lifelong pain related their injury, which can take a heavy emotional toll. Also, these workers may be unable to work for a long period of time, making it difficult to make ends meet and pay for their medical care.
Perhaps the best way for an injured worker to obtain compensation for medical expenses is to file for workers’ compensation. If the worker is physically or emotionally disabled for more than one year, then filing a compensation claim under social security disability may be the best option. These filings can be complicated and success is dependent on the facts of each individual case. An experienced attorney can help an injured worker choose a route that fits the worker’s best interest.
Workplace accidents are all too common. When mishaps occur, workers should not be left hung out to dry. Instead, employers and insurance should provide these workers with the care they need and deserve for putting themselves in harm’s way.
Source: Mansfield News Journal, “4 workers hurt in Texas A&M construction accident,” Jun. 22, 2013