Readers of this blog know that just about any profession can pose a risk to one's safety and well-being. However, there are some professions that tend to be more dangerous than others. Amongst these professions is construction worker. These men and women often perform their job duties at heights and near moving vehicles. They also operate heavy machinery that, when improperly kept or operated negligently, can cause serious injuries and death.
Unfortunately, one New York worker was recently injured in a fall at a construction site. Reports indicate that the worker was performing his duties on the roof of a church when he fell two stories, landing on a shed. The man was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Witnesses to the accident indicate that they have had concerns with the construction site's safety, and one man stated he even made a report about it. The construction company has not responded to the incident, which remains under investigation.
An incident like this can have major ramifications on an individual's life. Medical expenses and lost wages can leave an injured worker and his or her family in a tough financial situation. This is why it may be beneficial for those harmed in workplace accidents to consider pursuing a workers' compensation claim. So long as one was injured while performing his or her job duties and the employee was not engaging in "horseplay" at the time of the accident, then it may be possible to recover the compensation needed to cover losses while one focuses on reclaiming his or her health.
Workers' compensation claims are often rejected, though, for a variety of reasons. In an attempt to avoid evidentiary issues that may bar a claim, injured workers, like the individual discussed above, may want to discuss the matter with an attorney who will fight for what the compensation that is deserved.