Workers’ Compensation Concerns for Construction Workers
Almost anyone can suffer injuries at work – even if you work in an office building with seemingly few hazards. However, some people go to work each day well-aware of the inherent risks of accidents and injuries that come with their jobs, including construction workers. Construction sites are almost everywhere you look around Los Angeles, whether crews are building new structures, repairing buildings, or maintaining or improving roads. No matter where a construction crew is assigned, you can bet there are numerous hazards that can lead to construction accidents.
Construction accidents can happen in many different ways, including:
- Falling objects hit a worker on the ground below
- A worker falls from a high place, such as a ladder, roof, or scaffolding
- Power tool malfunctions
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Traffic accidents in road work zones
- Electrical accidents from unfinished or ungrounded electrical systems
- Blasting or explosive mishaps
All of the above can result in serious injuries that require immediate medical attention and that can cause someone to stay off the job for days, weeks, or months. Because of these risks, it is important for all construction workers to understand their rights regarding workers’ compensation benefits.
As an employee in California, you have the right to the following:
- Get medical attention right away
- File a claim for workers’ compensation benefits that cover your medical expenses and a percentage of lost wages resulting from your injuries
- Seek benefits for short or long-term disabilities stemming from on-the-job accidents
- To be free from discrimination or retaliation from your employer due to your injury or claim for benefits
- Appeal a partial or total denial of benefits
Consult with Our Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Right Away
The Employee Defense Group works with construction workers and employees of risky industries who suffer injuries on the job. After an accident, call 818.334.4870 or contact us online to discuss your rights and option for free today.