The ways that a construction worker can suffer an injury are limited only by the imagination, as are the nature of the injuries. The risks inherent in working on a construction site are among the reasons why Ohio has a system of workers’ compensation.
A workers’ compensation claim often has its origins in what began as an ordinary day on the job, at an otherwise unremarkable construction site. Take, for example, a recent accident that took place at a university in Oxford, Ohio.
A worker who was participating in the renovation of a brick residence hall ended up in the hospital when one of those bricks apparently either became dislodged or in some other way fell and struck him in the head.
Although details are still scarce, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the accident is ongoing, the injury was serious enough to require that the worker be taken to the hospital by helicopter.
Any injury requiring hospitalization however, will raise the question of whether the injured worker will be eligible to make a workers’ compensation benefits claim. Should the worker in question elect to pursue such a claim, it may be advisable for that person — or for you, if you should ever find yourself injured on the job — to consult with an attorney early on in the claim process.