Construction workers in North Carolina face many dangers, including the risk of falling from a high place. Workers’ compensation is in place to protect you in these cases, and to ensure that you are financially covered while you recover. Due to the complexity of the laws involves, sometimes legal representation is necessary to get the compensation to which you are entitled after a construction accident.
Workers’ compensation is in place to ensure that injured employees are entitled to recuperate lost wages, medical expenses and other recovery costs when injured at the workplace, including when they slip and fall or suffer from a high fall, such as a scaffold or ladder accident. Every employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of the company size or number of employees.
Under workers’ compensation laws, you have the right to necessary rehabilitation and medical treatments to recover from your injury. This includes medication, treatment bills and travel costs to and from treatment.
If you are disabled from the injury, either temporarily or permanently, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and even future lost opportunities. The exact amount depends on the nature of your injury and factors such as your age, occupation and current salary.
If you fall from a high place at work and are injured, there are several steps you should take immediately. First, inform your employer. If you can do so, inform them in writing and keep a copy for your own records. Second, complete and file a claim form as soon as possible. This is what locks your employer into providing workers compensation benefits.
Falling accidents have their own unique qualities. A workers’ compensation attorney may be able to provide more insight into your specific case, especially if your claim is rejected.