Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Construction workers spend their days away from the everyday responsibilities of an office and often work outside to build our homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, and more. However, the construction industry poses many dangers. With a large amount of heavy machinery, demolition, lifting, and other hazards present at a construction site, the risk of a worker getting injured is high. And despite the safety precautions and guidelines provided to protect workers, construction site injuries are inevitable and are often serious in nature.
Construction accidents such as slip and fall accidents may occur on uneven ground or because there are many hazards to step over. Or a hard hat may not prevent a worker from sustaining a very serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage, especially if the fall is from a considerable height.
Types of Injuries Sustained at Construction Sites
There are many types of construction injuries including:
- Repetitive stress injuries – Due to continuous lifting or making other repetitive motions that may cause injuries such as back and neck trauma. These injuries often do not require emergency room treatment as they present themselves gradually with time, but are still extremely painful and can hinder your ability to perform your job.
- Loss of hearing – Noise-induced hearing loss also occurs over time and may not be noticeable for several years, but you are still entitled to wage-loss benefits medical benefits including free hearing aids.
- Burns – Occurring when you are working with hot machinery or with hot chemicals or materials, or in a worksite fire
- Motor vehicle accidents- Including a car accident while driving around a worksite, on the road between worksites or by motorized equipment at worksites, like forklifts.
- Exposure to toxic chemicals: Due to the use of potentially hazardous chemicals or exposure to toxic chemicals already existing at a construction site, such as lead or asbestos.
- Amputations – Due to improperly maintained machinery, improper or lack of worker training, unsafe working conditions or a lack of safety guards or protective equipment.
- Head injuries – Construction workers often suffer from head injuries that can range from mild concussions to life-altering traumatic brain injuries. A person with a serious traumatic brain injury often has cognitive problems which may include memory loss, difficulty speaking, and an inability to concentrate. He or she may also have a limited sense of taste and smell and emotional issues such as personality changes and frequent mood swings.
- Machinery accidents – Due to an operating mistake or a malfunction in the heavy machinery malfunctions, which can result in a serious injury death where the surviving family member would be eligible for your benefits.
- Falls from great heights – Often due to falls from scaffolding and often resulting in very serious injuries including broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and neck injuries.
What To Do After A Work Injury:
- Report your injury or work-related illness to your employer or supervisor immediately. Tell them you were hurt on the job as well as the date and location of the injury.
- Seek medical attention. You may need to see your employer’s doctor if your employer maintains a panel physician list. Ask if your employer has such a list and, if they do, ask that it is provided to you immediately. If they do not have a list, you are free to treat with whichever doctor you choose.
- Know your rights. Contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers, at Pearson Koutcher Law and speak with a lawyer with expertise in workplace injury law. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience helping injured workers throughout Pennsylvania and will help you fully understand your rights as an injured employee and assist you in seeking the full Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve under the law.
Third Party Cases
In some instances, injuries occurring at construction sites are not caused by the injured worker himself or by a co-worker but rather by “outside” parties known as “third parties” including the property owner, general contractors, subcontractors and machinery and equipment suppliers. When you have has been injured due to the negligence of a third party, the Philadelphia workers compensation lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law can set you up with a lawyer from our trusted network of profession often file a lawsuit in the civil court system to recover compensation for his/her injuries.
Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers are here for you
Contact the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law and let us fight for the wage-loss and medical benefits you are entitled.