The construction industry is booming and has continued to do so, despite the recession. With more businesses developing and homes being built, the pressure for companies to deliver on (or even ahead of) schedule is growing. When a company needs to meet tight deadlines, they often skip over valuable safety protocols â€“ as a result, workers get injured.
This is when employees need an advocate on their side. An employee injured in the construction field is often fighting larger companies for workersâ€™ compensation, or even dealing with third parties to file their claim. Attorney Doug Horn understands the struggles that injured workers in Missouri face when filing their claims. He has always been on the workersâ€™ side, and recently was able to help an injured electrician recover $6 million, plus lifetime medical care, for injuries that he sustained while on the job.
Construction is Full of Risks
A general construction site is full of risks â€“ whether it is the risk of a fall, electrocution, or even a slip or trip. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), construction is considered the most dangerous industry to work in. Just some of the risks that a worker encounters on a daily basis include:
- Burns and Scars â€“ Burns are a common construction injury. There are chemicals, exposed wires, and open flames that can lead to serious (if not life-threatening) burn injuries. Also, there is a high risk for fire â€“ especially if employees do not handle chemicals and other risks carefully.
- Head Injuries â€“ There are numerous ways in which a construction worker can encounter a head injury. They can occur from falling objects, tools, materials, falls, or slips and trips. Head injuries can vary in severity from minor bumps to traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal Cord Injuries â€“ Spinal cord injuries are also common on the job site, and can occur from falls. These injuries can lead to disabilities, paralysis, and brain damage, and are often long-term injuries.
- Cuts and Lacerations â€“ Cuts and lacerations may seem minor, but there are instances where these can become life threatening. Also, if a laceration is not cared for properly, it could lead to an infection.
- Broken or Fractured Bones â€“ Because construction workers deal with heavy machinery, it is not uncommon for construction workers to encounter broken or fractured bones.
- Heat Stroke â€“ Heat stroke is not an injury that is well known, but is very common. Construction workers are required to still work, regardless of the heat and humidity of Missouri summers. If workers do not take ample breaks or stay hydrated, they could suffer from mild to severe heat stroke. If untreated, a heat stroke can lead to kidney damage, brain injury, or even heart damage.
Were You Injured on the Job?
If you were injured on the job, whether in construction or not, you may be entitled to workersâ€™ compensation benefits. It is important that you speak to a Kansas City attorney regarding your injury. Call Horn Law at 816-795-7500 to schedule a free consultation or fill out our online contact form regarding your work injury.