If you’re injured on the job and you’re a construction worker, you will have a workers’ compensation claim. However you need to look past that, you need to have an attorney look past that to see why you were injured.
Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) December 28, 2012
“If you’re injured on the job and you’re a construction worker, you will have a workers’ compensation claim,” said Lawrence J. Smith, a partner at Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter. “However you need to look past that, you need to have an attorney look past that to see why you were injured.”
According to Mr. Smith, an attorney can determine whether a third party contributed to a construction worker’s injuries. For example, another construction worker may be at fault for negligence or the owner of the company may be at fault for not properly training the employees or for not providing a safe work environment.
“Likewise, oftentimes construction workers work with very dangerous equipment, very big equipment,” said Mr. Smith. “And often times there could be a problem with that equipment that causes your injury. And in those circumstances, in addition to your workers’ compensation claim, you would also potentially have a claim; could be a product liability claim or it could be a liability of negligence claim against someone else as well.”
Construction workers that are injured while on the job should consult an attorney to find out if they have a product liability claim or a claim involving negligence. This will ensure they recover the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries and suffering.
Construction workers work with dangerous equipment and are at high risk for injuries. Some of the most common types of accidents and injuries include:
- Falls from heights
- Electrical accidents
- Injuries from falling objects
- Injuries from defective and unsafe equipment
- Scaffolding failures
- Crane accidents
- Welding accidents
- Contact with toxins
Due to the nature of construction accidents, the injuries can be devastating and can change a worker’s life forever. For example, an injured worker who falls from a third story building may suffer a serious spinal cord injury, resulting in paralysis. Or an injured worker who gets an extremity caught in heavy machinery may lose an arm or a leg.
Construction injuries can be extremely painful, debilitating and can put a worker out of work, temporarily or permanently. If you are injured on while on the job, there are some things you can do (if possible) to document the accident:
- Take pictures or video of the accident with your phone if possible to document any machinery that malfunctioned or any other hazards that may have contributed to your injury.
- Write down what happened and get the names of any workers or bystanders who witnessed the accident.
- Report the accident immediately.
- Get medical attention immediately so your injuries are documented.
- Consult an attorney as soon as possible so he or she can investigate to determine who is responsible for your injuries.
About Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter
Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter is a Las Vegas personal injury law firm, dedicated to helping individuals that are injured by negligence. To reach Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter or to schedule a consultation to discuss a potential claim, call 1-888-516-0223.