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What if I’m injured in a fall at a worksite?

| Jan 8, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Construction workers face numerous hazards at work. They often use heavy equipment and materials, which can cause an accident. A falling object or vehicle can hit them at a worksite. Sometimes, construction workers have to use scaffolding or work at high heights as part of a building or renovation project, where falls can cause serious injury and death.

Dealing with a fall injury

Unfortunately, about 42% of construction workers who die on the job lose their lives in fall accidents. If you are injured in a fall at a worksite, you might be lucky to be alive. Yet, you could suffer serious injuries: broken bones, internal bleeding or a traumatic brain injury. You likely face a long recovery, can’t work and have medical bills piling up.

You will need to file a workplace injury report and file for workers’ compensation as soon as possible. After you seek initial treatment for your injury, you should check with your employer to see if you need to seek additional treatment from a specific doctor approved by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.

You also need to follow your doctor’s treatment plan if you want to receive maximum workers’ compensation.

When to seek additional help

If  you need extensive treatment and a lot of time off work to recover from your fall injury, you should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney. You may need help getting the workers’ compensation benefits you need to recover.

Suffering a fall injury at work is scary. Recovering from one can take months. You need to be proactive to get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.