Construction injuries can have devastating consequences for construction workers and their families, and these consequences can last a lifetime. For that reason, construction workers should be familiar with common construction accident injury types of how workers’ compensation benefits may be able to help.
Some of the most common types of construction injuries workers may suffer on the job include:
- Fall injuries: Construction workers can fall from roofs, ladders, scaffolding and other heights that may result in injuries.
- Falling objects: Objects that are not properly secured on job sites may fall, injuring unsuspecting construction workers below.
- Equipment-related accidents: A variety of types of equipment frequently used on construction sites may injure construction workers if not used properly, or if the equipment malfunctions.
- Back over and crush between accidents: Many busy construction sites use heavy machinery, cars and trucks. Unfortunately, many workers are injured when struck by these machines.
- Trench collapses: An unstable trench or building on a construction site may lead to a collapse that can injure construction workers
- Repetitive stress injuries: Due to the oftentimes physically repetitive nature of construction work, workers may suffer repetitive stress injuries.
Construction workers can also suffer injuries in fires and explosions that occur on the job. They may also be harmed by exposures to hazardous materials that can lead to occupational illnesses.
The New York workers’ compensation program is meant to provide injured workers with benefits that cover the expense of their medical care and provide them with some income while they are unable to return to work. However, it isn’t always easy for the injured to navigate the process of making a claim. Often, insurers reject claims, or fail to provide the injured with the full amount of benefits they need. Attorneys can help the injured to understand their options and fight for the benefits they deserve.