In terms of work related injuries and deaths, working in the construction industry is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In 2012, there were 806 deaths of workers in the construction industry, meaning that there were almost ten deaths for every 100,000 workers. These statistics do not include injuries from construction accidents, which affect thousands of construction workers every year.

If you work in the construction industry, you are probably already aware of the numerous potential risks you encounter while working on a job site. If you are working on a taller building, you have to climb up scaffolding in order to do work on the upper levels of the buildings, meaning that you could fall off if not harnessed in correctly or that the scaffolding could fall out from under you if not built properly. With heavy machines like cranes and bulldozers actively working around you, you run the risk of being injured by the machine if it hits you or if it malfunctions. And having to move around heavy objects like wood, metal, drywall, and other building materials creates a situation where the object could fall on unsuspecting workers below if there was an issue with the machine moving it.

Construction workers are required to wear a certain amount of safety gear in order to protect themselves from these kinds of injuries. This is why you see construction workers wearing hard hats in order to protect themselves from head injuries if they fall or if something falls on them. The building site and any scaffolding or harnesses used must be checked out to make sure that they meet safety standards, and everyone involved on the construction team must follow standard safety procedures while building.

Unfortunately, even if the workers are being careful and diligent, accidents can still happen. Construction workers have little control over a malfunctioning machine or a harness that not secured properly. A hard hat cannot protect a construction worker from objects that hit them on their arms, legs, shoulders, neck, or back. Even debris and building materials on the ground can pose a threat, because it is easy for someone to trip and fall over them if they are in a place where they do not belong.

Given the number of serious threats on a construction job site, it is no wonder that the injuries that construction workers can get in job related accidents are serious as well. Workers could suffer from broken bones, lacerations, tissue and organ damage, head and neck injuries, or spinal injuries. Some of these injuries could leave the worker temporarily or permanently disabled, and in the most severe cases, the worker could die as a result of their construction accident.

While it is crucial that any injured worker seek medical attention for his or her injuries on the job, this does not mean that these medical treatments are always affordable. In fact, if your injury requires surgery or extended treatment, the cost can often be more than you can bear out of pocket, even if you have health insurance. You will also probably be unable to return to work for a while after your accident, meaning that you will not be earning an income to help cover those new and expensive medical bills.

Construction workers, like almost every other kind of employee in the state of Pennsylvania, are covered under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. This Act means that if you are injured on the job, you are eligible to receive certain financial benefits to cover the medical bills and even your lost wages while you recover from your work related injury. There are other benefits available as well, for if you have been disabled from your work related injury or benefits for the dependent family members of a worker who died from a work related injury or illness.

However, filing these claims must be done quickly, and the process can be complicated and confusing. And your employer’s insurance company may even try to say that your injury was not actually the result of a job related incident but came from some other cause. This is why you should get in touch with a Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will make sure that your claim is in order in time, that all the appropriate paperwork and documentation is completed properly, and that it is clear that your injury came from an accident on the job. Don’t hesitate to call our offices today to speak to a lawyer about your construction injury.

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