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Unfortunately, many construction workers are underappreciated. Without these individuals, we won’t have places to live, work or shop! However, this is compounded even further when those in the construction industry sustain injuries are injured but their workers’ compensation claim is denied. If you are injured while working, understanding your legal options and how to recover workers’ compensation for the injuries you’ve endured is critical. However, this process can be overwhelming, so it’s in your best interest to connect with a Wesley Chapel, FL personal injury lawyer who can examine the circumstances of your case to determine the best course of action.

What Accidents Are Most Common in the Construction Industry?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of construction work, there are many accidents workers can suffer at the time.

One of the most common injuries in the construction industry is falls. Falls-related hazards are consistently one of, if not, the most commonly cited OSHA violations. Falls can occur from heights like scaffolding or ladders, while you can also sustain falls if you slip and trip over hazards on the ground. For example, if your workspace is unsafe because there is debris and materials scattered around or you fall because the ladder you are standing on is broken, you can sustain several devastating injuries.

On a similar note, you’ll find that being struck by falling objects is another incredibly common accident that workers will face. If workers are not held to a standard in which they are securing tools and equipment when working from heights or proper protocol isn’t enforced when other employees are using heavy machinery, workers can be struck in the head, resulting in life-altering injuries. Additionally, if proper protective equipment, like hard hats, aren’t worn or enforced, these injuries can be even more catastrophic.

Unfortunately, one of the most common kinds of injuries sustained is electrocutions. When equipment isn’t maintained properly or sites aren’t inspected as necessary for live wires or fraying cords, unsuspecting workers can become severely injured.

What Should I Do if I Need Assistance With Workers’s Compensation?

When you are injured while working, in most instances, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. This helps cover the cost of your medical treatment and partial lost wages you’ve endured, even if your employer wasn’t directly responsible for the injury. However, in instances where you are performing outside of the scope of your job, were off the clock, were intoxicated or were engaged in horseplay, you can be denied a claim.

If you applied for workers’ compensation and were denied, you may not know how to proceed. Luckily, the team at the Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna can help. We understand how devastating these matters can be, which is why our firm is committed to helping you. Connect with us today to learn how we can represent you.