Workers who have been injured in a construction accident can face uncertain prospects and an uncertain future. They may be facing medical bills that begin stacking up while they are unable to work to help support their families or pay the mounting medical bills. Unfortunately, construction workers are always at risk of a construction accident which can cause devasting injuries. Many construction workers are injured or killed on the job each year.
The good news is that in North Carolina, workers’ compensation benefits protect victims of construction accidents who have been injured on the job. Construction workers can suffer serious injuries in construction accidents including serious falls; injuries related to falling objects; power tool-related injuries; injuries associated with the use of heavy machinery; trench collapses, scaffolding accidents; and crush injuries, among others construction accident injuries victims may suffer.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help with medical expenses and lost wages the construction accident victim has suffered. In addition, if a third party other than the construction worker’s employer, such as a subcontractor, was negligent and is responsible for the harm the victim suffered, the injured worker may have additional options and legal remedies available through the personal injury legal process.
In all, it is important to ensure the injured worker receives all of the benefits they have a right to receive and need which can include workers’ compensation benefits and other options in some circumstances. Because the workers’ compensation process can be complex at times, it is important for injured workers and their families to be as familiar with the process as possible to ensure they receive the much-needed benefits to help them get back on their feet.