Construction Accidents

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Construction Site Accident Injury

Construction site accidents and injuries are common within the industry. In Nevada, if a worker is injured or killed on the job site, he or she has the right to seek compensation for their damages through workers’ compensation. If a third party was responsible for causing your injury, you have the right to seek further litigation against that party in court. Construction site accidents can occur due to an oversight on the part of the management, as well as due to improper safety precautions that are supposed to be in place.
 
The most common injuries suffered by construction workers include, but are not limited to:
Hand and Wrist Injuries: These include skin abrasions, scrapes, cuts and other injuries that occur to the hands and wrists. Wrist and hand injuries are often caused by repetitive motions while performing tasks on the job site or at the worksite.
 
Pain in the Back: Pain in your back can be described as an ache, sharp pain or a constant dull ache. You may also feel spasms, tenderness or weakness in the back, depending on the severity of your injury.
 
Wear and Tear:  When you are working on a construction site, it is inevitable that wear and tear will occur to your body. Carpal tunnel syndrome (constant use) as well as arthritis (advanced stages), these can also be classified as repetitive motion injuries.
 
Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: When you are performing tasks that require repetitive motions with your hands, it can lead to arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. These types of injuries can be very painful, especially when you need to use your hands for work purposes.
 
Bruises: Bruises are common among construction workers as well due to the nature of the work and environment. When you are carrying heavy equipment on your back, wearing heavy work boots and hitting hard objects with your hands, it is inevitable that bruises will occur on your body.
Bruises can be described as a purple or maroon colored patch on the skin of your body caused by friction or impact to the area.
 
Burns: Construction workers should also follow proper handling and care procedures for burns, as well as report the incident to their supervisor and file a worker’s compensation claim. Burns often require expensive medical treatment by specialists in order to repair the damage that has occurred. If you have suffered an injury while on the job, contact your construction injury attorney today.
 
It should be noted that if you have been burned at work, you must seek medical attention immediately and file for workers’ compensation for the burns in order to receive payment for your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs as well as loss of wages. Burns tend to require extensive treatment along with physical therapy and time off of work.
 
Most third-degree burns will leave large patches of skin that are necrotic, meaning the skin dies off and turns black in color. The area around the burn can also be swollen or extremely sensitive to touch. Burns often require months of physical therapy, as well as prescription medications for pain management purposes.
 
Burns can often lead to infections and sepsis, which is what happens when an infection spreads rapidly throughout your body.
 
Cuts/Abrasions/Lacerations: Thousands of construction workers each year sustain injuries in construction site accidents that leave open wounds on their bodies. These wounds can range from minor to severe, and may lead to infections, due to foreign materials such as dirt and debris entering the wound.
 
Head Injuries: Head injuries are also common construction site injuries that can occur without any warning. Head injuries can be caused by falls, objects falling from above and even from getting hit in the head while working at your job site. The more serious type of brain injury is a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI.
 
Musculoskeletal injuries: Muscle strain injuries often occur on the job site when you are lifting heavy objects and may require some form of therapy or treatment to allow your muscles to recover from their injury.
 
Lung/Respiratory Injuries: Construction workers are also susceptible to respiration problems due to inhalation of dust and other allergens on the job site.
 
Heat Stress/Stroke: Heat stress or stroke are also common construction site injuries among the many working on the job. Construction work can be strenuous, and when you do not have proper drinking water or are too busy to rest, heat stress can result.
 
Safety Gear and Personal Protective Equipment: Construction workers may find themselves being exposed to a wide range of materials that can be dangerous if proper safety protocols are not put into place.

Leading Causes of Workplace Injury on Construction Sites

The leading causes of workplace injury on construction sites include, but are not limited to:
 
Scissor lifts Boom lifts Drum hoists Hydraulic elevators – Lifts and hoists Engineering controls are used at construction sites to prevent workers from being injured due to a lift or hoist malfunction. However, mechanical failure occurs more frequently than you might think. Some of the most common types of lifts and hoists include:
 
Asbestos – The use of asbestos is extremely dangerous for construction workers who are exposed to the mineral. Asbestos particles can become airborne when they are disturbed or damaged. 
 
Construction work is generally considered to be dangerous. However, many of the injuries that workers sustain at these sites are preventable through adequate safety protocols put into place by employers. Even if you do encounter a workplace that does not put adequate safety protocols into place, your construction injury attorney will be able to help guide you through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim and seeking compensation for any damages as a result of your injury.
 
Falls – Falls Construction sites can be dangerous places if you do not take the proper precautions. Did you know that 80% of all injuries at construction sites involve falls? Falls account for about 30% of all fatal industrial accidents. For every worker that suffers a fall-related injury, another three get injured but do not sustain severe injuries. Although falls are the leading cause of construction site injuries, workers can take steps to lower their risk of suffering from a fall-related injury.
 
Falls account for about 30% of all fatal industrial accidents. For every worker that suffers a fall-related injury, another three get injured but do not sustain severe injuries. Although falls are the leading cause of construction site injuries, workers can take steps to lower their risk of suffering from a fall-related injury.

Compensation for Construction Site Injuries

Construction workers in Nevada are subject to the same laws that govern and protect workers everywhere else. This includes Workers’ Compensation, which is a special form of insurance for injured employees.
 
If you suffer an injury while working as a construction worker on the job site, you are entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages due to time off of work and any other damages that may have occurred as a result of your injury.

What is Workers' Compensation?

Workers’ compensation provides benefits for employees who suffer an injury or illness as a result of performing their work duties. The company must carry workers’ compensation insurance, and the injured worker must be in good standing with his or her employment.
 
Employers are prohibited from retaliating against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. They are also not allowed to discourage an employee from reporting injuries on the job. Workers’ compensation can provide benefits like lost wages, temporary disability and medical expenses, depending on the case.
 
If you’ve been injured while working in Nevada, contact an experienced attorney who handles workers’ compensation claims from construction sites to protect your rights and ensure you receive proper medical care for recovery.

How does Workers' Compensation Work?

In order to be eligible for workers’ compensation, the worker must have suffered an injury that resulted from a work-related action. Any claim for workers’ compensation must be made to the employer within one year of the date of injury. The employee will need to provide notice and facts about their injuries in order to pursue a claim, along with medical documentation on those injuries.
 
If you believe your rights have been violated by an employer, you should contact a lawyer experienced with workers’ compensation law to ensure your rights are protected.
 
If the employer feels that the employee is not entitled to benefits or if they do not have sufficient evidence for their claim, they can appeal through an administrative hearing in front of an administrative judge. Claimants may also appeal rulings made by judges.

Workers' Compensation Case Example

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. For example, let’s say that John was working on scaffolding when he fell and broke his leg. He’d need to report the injury as soon as possible, fill out any necessary paperwork and provide doctors’ records that show he underwent surgery to repair his leg.
 
The next step would be for John to file a workers’ compensation claim with his employer and provide them with the necessary documents. He should do this as soon as possible, so that there is no lapse in health care coverage or missing work time due to lack of authorization from his employer.
 
John’s employer will have the option to accept or deny his claim. If their decision is to deny it, he can appeal to the Nevada Department of Business and Industry Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in order to continue receiving workers’ compensation benefits until a resolution can be reached.

Workers' Compensation for Prior Injuries

Sometimes, you just don’t know if you have a case. If you have experienced a life changing injury it may take years and even decades to develop or you maybe in denial over what caused it. You remember accidents on construction sites in the are that is now medically in jeopardy. This may actually be a work comp case and you should contact us for a free consultation. Contact Shook & Stone construction accident lawyers for more information and assistance with filing a construction site accident injury claim and pursuing compensation through Workers’ Compensation. Call (702) 570-0000 or get a free consultation.