Construction and industrial work are inherently dangerous due to strenuous physical labor, working at great heights, and handling heavy machinery. Despite safety standards in place to protect workers from harm, tens of thousands of workplace injuries and over 1,000 fatal incidents occur annually. While simple accidents may cause many injuries, others result from negligence or carelessness of another party and could have been prevented.
Recovery options for injured construction and industrial workers
Construction workers can recover financial compensation to pay for medical expenses and lost income in two main ways: a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit. Several factors need to be considered by injured workers to determine which type of claim to file.
Injured construction workers will usually be eligible for workers’ compensation. When an employee suffers a workplace injury, they are automatically entitled to compensation to pay for medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages. However, workers’ compensation doesn’t include non-economic damages like pain and suffering or emotional distress.