California readers know that construction sites are fraught with certain risks. While hazards are an inherent part of the construction industry, safety should be a primary concern for construction companies and site managers. When accidents do occur and construction workers are injured on the job, those injured workers will find it useful to have the help of a lawyer knowledgeable in workers’ rights and workers’ compensation law.
In addition to injuries or death, construction workers are also vulnerable to illness caused by exposure to toxic materials or chemicals. This can include asbestos exposure as well as exposure to silica dust. Some of the most common types of injuries suffered as a result of a construction site accident include broken bones, head trauma and back or spinal cord injuries. Falls and equipment malfunction are the sources of many of these accidents.
The circumstances, contributing factors and causes of construction accidents should never preclude a victim from claiming rightful compensation. Those who have been harmed in a work accident of any kind are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical bills, lost wages due to missed work and other financial losses. While every worker has the right seek benefits when needed, the system is complex and can be difficult to navigate.
After a construction accident in California, the victim should seek the counsel of a lawyer experienced in these types of cases. From filing an initial claim to appealing a denied or delayed claim, a lawyer can provide the support that is needed in the difficult time following a work accident. If you have been injured on the job, do not wait to get help and take steps to protect your rights.