Construction Accidents on the Job
Construction sites are busy, interesting places to work, but they are also dangerous places and millions of workers are injured while at work each year.
The most common construction related injuries include:
• Crane accidents
• Slip and fall accidents
• Scaffolding accidents
• Welding rod accidents
• Dangerous or defective equipment accidents,
• Hazardous waste exposure
• Hearing Loss
OSHA and Federal Regulations:
The Federal Government through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates construction work sites and tries to protect workers, but injuries and death still occur for a variety of reasons. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 2,100 people died in 2003 as a result of serious construction accidents. Another 400,000 people suffered construction accident injuries so severe that they were forced to miss work that same year.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits:
Usually, if a worker is injured on the job, and is not an independent contractor, he or she is entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Workers injured in the course and scope of their employment are entitled to make claims for lost wages, medical bills, permanent partial and permanent total disability. However, these benefits rarely compensate the injured worker for all of the losses incurred as a result of the injury and do not cover things such as compensation for pain and suffering or for vocational rehabilitation in Colorado.
The cases where both a workers compensation claim has been made and a “third party” claim against the “at fault” party is brought can be quite complicated.
Third Party Claims:
The injured worker is also allowed to make a claim against at fault third parties even if workers’ compensation benefits have been paid. The cases where both a workers compensation claim has been made and a “third party” claim against the “at fault” party is brought can be quite complicated. The client is usually trying to get the money from the same insurance policy, the at fault party’s insurance policy, from which the workers compensation insurance company wants to get paid back.
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