Treading The Concrete Gray Line: Construction Injury Law's Gray Areas Defined

12 April 2017
 Categories: Law, Blog


Construction involves so many tools, machines, and substances that could seriously hurt you. Yet, this is a line of work that most people get into because it pays very well. What happens when you get injured on the job? Are there construction injury laws that protect you and help you get financial support? There are so many gray areas in this line of work, you may as well stare at walls of concrete, but a construction injury lawyer can help you sort it out and define it in all of the following ways.

Yes, There Is Compensation for Personal Injuries in Construction

OSHA recognizes the dangers of many types of work. They set the guidelines for safety protocols and what you can do if you are injured at work. Your employer should also have some accident insurance and business insurance to keep workers safe, healthy, and on the job. If you are injured while working construction, the first thing you should do (after notifying your supervisor/boss) is to get medical attention. Then file a worker's compensation claim.

You May Be Denied for Certain Reasons

If your injuries were the result of a goofing off or operating machinery without a license or without proper training, you may be denied compensation. Work place safety in construction is always the priority, and as such, poor decisions resulting in injury are never awarded benefits. However, if you were injured because of someone else's poor judgment or decision-making, or your injuries were the result of company negligence, you have a right to sue.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time Injuries

Sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Walking around steel girders three floors up and getting smacked in the body or head by an I-beam that breaks free of a crane is one such example. It is clearly an accident, but you are still entitled to compensation for your injuries and for lost days of work. If your boss does not want to pay you or if the worker's compensation claim shuts you down for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can sue one or both of these parties.

Hire a Lawyer Who Knows Construction Well

Hire a construction injury lawyer. He or she should have a solid grasp on how the industry operates and should know enough about tools, machines, equipment, and potential injuries in the business to understand what you are saying when you describe the events that caused your injuries. Provide him/her with your documents and anything you already filed and/or received for your claim so that he/she can construct your case. For additional reading, follow the link in this sentence.