How Might a Construction Worker Get Injured?

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The manual labor that comes with working in construction may take a great physical toll on your body. What’s more, being in this field of work may make you more vulnerable to injuries than others.¬†Follow along to find out how a construction worker might get injured on the job and how a proficient Houston, Texas work injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you determine whether your injuries constitute a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim.

How might a construction worker get injured on the job?

The types of injuries a construction worker might incur on the job vary. Namely, the result may be a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, broken or sprained bones, middle ear or eye damage, scarring or disfigurement, etc. Now, the types of incidents that may prompt these injuries are as follows:

  • A construction worker may incur a traumatic brain injury if they do not have a hard hat to protect from falling debris.
  • A construction worker may incur a spinal cord injury if they fall multiple stories from a defective scaffolding.
  • A construction worker may incur a broken or sprained bone if they fall multiple stories from an unsecured ladder.
  • A construction worker may incur middle ear or eye damage if they do not have earplugs or safety glasses to protect from explosions.
  • A construction worker may incur scarring or disfigurement if their skin is exposed to alkaloids, acids, or other dangerous chemicals.

Should I file a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim?

You may always be abundantly cautious while performing your work duties on a construction site. However, the negligence of another party who had a hand in the construction project, or otherwise a freak mishap, may have still caused you to get injured.

In incidents such as these, it may be in your best interest to file a workers’ compensation claim. Essentially, this is a no-fault insurance that may cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages correlated to your injuries. In other words, this means that you are not necessarily suing your employer but rather collecting from their insurance provider.

However, you may have found yourself involved in an incident on a construction site without being an employed construction worker. That is, you may have been a passerby or a welcomed guest onto the site. Or, you may be an employed construction worker but your employer does not carry a workers’ compensation policy. In incidents such as these, a workers’ compensation claim may not work but a third-party claim can. Contrastingly, a third-party claim is a lawsuit.

At the end of the day, you may rest easier knowing that a talented Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer can serve as your needed support system during this difficult time. So please call us at White Personal Injury today.

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