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Construction is a hazardous job filled with perils that could cause illness, injuries, and even death.
According to OSHA, 20 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2013 occurred in construction. This equals 828 deaths. While there are many sources of construction site injuries, construction's Fatal Four accounts for over 57 percent of construction workers' deaths in 2013.
OSHA identifies the four leading causes of worker death on construction sites as:
In happier news, the number of work place deaths has actually declined 66 percent since 1970.
If you've been injured in a workplace accident, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation will pay for your medical bills and compensate you for lost wages. How much money you'll get and whether you qualify depends on the workers' compensation laws of your state.
However, you'll generally be eligible for workers' compensation if you can show that the injury was work related. Work related means the injuries were caused by the conditions of your work place or your work duties.
If you've been injured, go to a doctor and get treatment immediately. Then, notify your employer of the injury, and file a claim as soon as possible. Most workers' compensation laws have time limits on when you can file a workers' compensation claim.
An experienced local workers' compensation attorney will be able to help you assess your injury and file a timely claim.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.