Construction Injuries and Workers’ Compensation
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries for workers in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 150,000 construction-related accidents occur every year. These accidents are so common that the bureau estimates that one in every ten construction workers is injured annually. Unfortunately, even relatively minor construction accidents can cause injuries that keep victims out of work for several weeks or months.
Common Sources of Construction Injuries
The U.S. Department of Labor has studied construction accident statistics to look for trends in the types of accidents that occur. They found that three major types of accidents make up the vast majority of all U.S. construction accidents each year. These are:
- Handling of construction parts and materials
- Falls from heights
- Contact with construction equipment
Almost all work-related injuries in the construction industry can be classified as one of these three types. Falls make up a surprising percentage of all construction accidents, accounting for approximately one-third of all cases reported annually. Many of these accidents could likely be prevented with more comprehensive job training, better supervision, visible warnings to workers, and wearing proper safety gear while working.
What If I Am Injured?
If you or a loved one has been hurt while performing construction work, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits through your employer. Most companies carry workers’ comp insurance, which pays benefits out to workers if they are injured on the job. This compensation can help to pay for a variety of accident-related costs, such as medical bills, lost wages, and medical travel costs, among others.
It is important to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer about your case to make sure you are receiving full benefits for your injury. For more information on collecting workers’ compensation and how we can help with your claim, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.