Every single day, construction workers do heavy work, repetitive and often dangerous work that can result in a serious injury or illness. They run the risk of a wide range of accidents and injuries just from going to work. When construction workers are hurt during the course of being on the job, they may have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. At the law firm of Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we are here to help them exercise their rights and receive the compensation that they deserve.
In the unfortunate event that a Pennsylvania worker was injured in a construction accident and decides to file a personal injury claim against the employer, he or she should be aware of workers’ compensation laws that could affect the potential claim. By carefully and knowledgeably proceeding in such actions following a workers’ compensation claim after a workplace accident. The worker may or may not be able to understand and procure the maximum benefits allowed by law.
On-the-job injuries on construction projects can result from a multitude of hazards on the typical construction site. The Department of Labor ranks the most common causes of fatal accidents on construction projects as falls, electrocution, struck by/objects, or caught in/between accidents. Typical construction projects employ a multitude of individuals or companies which often contribute to construction accidents. Workers’ Compensation benefits will be the exclusive remedy against your employer, but you might have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a third-party, such as the land owner, developer, general contractor, sub-contractors, architect, equipment suppliers, and others.
Employers in almost every state are legally responsible for carrying workers’ compensation insurance for the protection of any employee who may become injured at the workplace or on a construction site. It’s an insurance policy that covers the injured worker’s losses, such as medical costs and income losses, during his or her recovery period.
Following a workplace injury, workers’ compensation benefits consist of reasonable payments covering the employee’s medical expenses, medications and travel costs to and from a hospital. Through the benefits, temporarily disabled workers are entitled to receive bi-weekly payments equaling roughly two-thirds of his or her weekly paycheck with a doctor’s verification. Construction workers who suffer a permanent disability in a construction accident may be eligible to receive extra compensation based on the severity of the injury other factors such as the worker’s age, position, and income. Injured workers who are unable to return to their former employment because of the injury may be compensated for retraining costs.
By taking a few important steps, employees who are hurt on the job can receive workers’ compensation for their losses quickly and without incident. First, the worker should promptly inform the employer of his or her injury on paper. Secondly, the employer must immediately offer the injured worker claim forms to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. The employee should fill out the paperwork carefully and completely. Lastly, the employee should keep records of all the paperwork involved in the filings. Any worker who experiences any disputes or delays regarding the benefits should consider contacting a local workers’ compensation attorney who could assist the worker through the process.
Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo has been helping injured workers receive workers’ compensation benefits that they deserve since 1936. If you have been injured on the job and are seeking benefits through workers’ compensation, contact us today for a free no obligation consultation. If you or someone you care about is a construction professional in need of workers’ compensation, we encourage you to get in contact with us to receive the benefits that you deserve. Call us at (866) 948-9088 to discuss your case with a highly experienced attorney at our long-running law firm.