Workers Compensation Construction InjuriesAuthor: Portner & Shure
In the last three years, there have been relatively few workers’ compensation claims resulting from construction accidents compared to the top three industries for workers’ compensation injuries. In 2014, there were 683 filed claims from the general construction industry. Compare that to a combined total of 5,518 for the top three most dangerous industries in terms of filed claims. There were a total of 58 fatalities in 2014 as a result of workplace industries, with 7 coming from the construction industry. Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Prince George’s County led the way in the number of claims filed in 2014.
Construction workers are subject to some of the most serious injuries due to the dangerous nature of the job sites. Construction companies often take extra precautions by implementing safety regulations and training employees in safety. Sometimes the heavy machinery and construction tools result in a worker getting injured.
The most common injuries in the construction industry result from faulty equipment, chemical leaks, scaffolding accidents, falling off ladders, crane malfunctions, forklift accidents, and explosions. If a worker is injured on the job, they immediately need to seek medical attention. Once their injuries have been attended to, the worker must notify the employer in order to start the workers’ compensation claim process. The types of benefits you could receive depend on the severity of the injury and how long until the worker is able to perform their work duties again. Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation Act includes benefits for temporary and permanent injuries, as well as total and partial disabilities. Due to the dangerous nature of construction sites, injuries usually result in permanent impairment, such as loss of limbs, loss of fingers or toes, or permanent damage to eyes or ears. It is important that you hire an experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that you can recover all benefits possible so that you can be compensated for your injury.
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