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Common Injuries In The Construction Industry

Common Injuries In The Construction Industry

Though injuries can occur on the job in almost any work environment, injuries are particularly common in certain industries. For example, the construction industry is largely considered to be one of the most dangerous types of jobs in the United States. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),1 more than 20 percent of all fatal on the job injuries occur on construction sites. For this reason, many workers’ compensation claims arise from injuries sustained on the job by construction workers. “Fatal four” and other common accidents OSHA refers to the four most common deadly accidents on construction sites as the “fatal four.” These types of accidents cause approximately half of all serious accidents on construction sites and are as follows: Falls from heights, such as ladders or scaffolding Being struck by an object, vehicle, or materials Electrocutions Getting caught in between two objects, including buildings, structures, vehicles, or materials In addition to these four types of incidents, construction accidents can commonly include trench or ground collapses, motor vehicle accidents, equipment or tool malfunctions, falling objects, among others. Common injuries in construction workers’ compensation claims Construction workers often sustain serious injuries on the job that require extensive medical treatment, including the following: Spinal cord injuries Traumatic brain injuries2 Broken bones Burns Dismemberment Dislocations Contusions or impact injuries  Even if a worker survives an on the job accident, they likely face long-term medical treatment and the inability to return to work for some time. If you have been injured, call a Charleston workers’ compensation attorney for help Whether you work on a construction site, for a manufacturing company, or...
Things To Consider When Receiving a Workers Compensation Settlement

Things To Consider When Receiving a Workers Compensation Settlement

If you are approved for workers’ compensation1 benefits after an on the job injury, there are different options you may have for receiving your benefits for lost wages. You may receive benefit checks on a regular basis or the workers’ compensation insurance company may offer you a settlement. A settlement will be paid all at once in a lump sum and, in certain situations, can be beneficial for the injured worker. However, before you ever accept any type of workers’ compensation settlement, there are many factors to consider to protect your rights and interests.  Does the offer cover all of your future needs? If you accept a settlement offer, you will no longer be able to receive benefits for that particular injury. This means that you will be responsible for covering the costs of all medical treatment you need in the future, as well as finding a way to pay your bills if you have suffered a reduction in income or cannot work due to your injury. You should always make sure that the settlement is sufficient enough to provide for your financial needs for the extent of your injury.  Additionally, a lump sum settlement sounds favorable to many people because they can use to make a large purchase, such as a car or a down payment on a house. However, if you then have future costs related to your injury, your benefits will be depleted and the expenses of your injury can cause significant financial strain on you and your household.  Consult with a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer regarding your case today Individuals injured on the job may...
How Experts Can Help In a Workers’ Compensation Case

How Experts Can Help In a Workers’ Compensation Case

While some South Carolina workers’ compensation cases are relatively simple, others may involve many complications and may require the assistance of various experts to ensure you receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled under South Carolina law.1 The following are a few examples of experts who regularly assist injured workers. Medical professionals Medical professionals play an important role in every workers’ compensation case. First, a doctor’s diagnosis will not only prove that you do, in fact, have an injury or illness, but can also connect your injury or illness to your job duties. They can help demonstrate that your injury was not a preexisting condition and that you thus are entitled to benefits under the law. In addition, if your injury is serious and/or disabling, a medical expert can present their analysis and opinion regarding the future costs of treatment and your overall prognosis. Occupational experts If you believe you are unable to work because of your on the job injury and your employer disagrees, an occupational expert can analyze your abilities and limitations and give their opinion regarding your professional abilities and the types of jobs you may or may not be able to perform with your injuries. Economic experts If you sustained a permanent disability that will keep you from ever working or that will limit the types of jobs you may perform, an economic expert can be valuable in helping to negotiate a settlement or future benefit amounts. Determining future lost wages, benefits, retirement income, and future lost earning power can involve many different calculations and considerations. This calculation can include estimations...
Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney For My Case?

Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney For My Case?

If you sustain an injury on the job, your employer will likely simply give you paperwork to fill out to begin the application process for workers’ compensation benefits.1 In too many situations, a worker will assume that their employer and its workers’ compensation insurer have their best interests in mind and will not even consider discussing their case with a qualified South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are often seeking to limit their liability and reduce costs and, therefore, do not always grant you the benefits to which you are entitled. The following are examples of only some ways in which an experienced attorney can help you during the workers’ compensation process. Calculate the benefits you deserve for your losses Many injured or ill workers are not aware how to calculate the correct amount of benefits they should be receiving for medical treatment and lost wages under state law.2 The calculations can be complex and an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can review your case and advise you whether you are receiving everything to which you are entitled.  Help you decide whether to accept a settlement offer Many workers’ compensation insurers will offer you a lump sum settlement in lieu of continuing payments. While settlements can be beneficial, many workers hastily accept a settlement that is too low and, therefore, lose the right to claim future benefits for their injury. If you have a particularly serious, long-lasting, or permanent injury, you should always have a lawyer review your case before accepting a settlement offer.  Help you appeal a wrongful denial Many injured workers are shocked to...
On The Job Traffic Accident Cases May Be Complicated

On The Job Traffic Accident Cases May Be Complicated

All workers’ compensation cases have the potential to be complex with unexpected challenges arising. However, cases involving traffic accidents can be particularly complex for the following reasons and more.  Were you performing job-related duties? Whenever you leave the premises of a job site, building, or another place of employment and sustain an injury in an accident, the question will arise whether or not you were fulfilling your job duties at the time of the accident. Many employees depart from their duties once they leave and, under certain circumstances, become ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits if the accident did not occur when they were actually on the job. Many employers and insurance companies will work to prove that your injuries were not, in fact, related to your work.  Are you classified as an independent contractor? Many individuals who drive vehicles as part of their job as classified as an independent contractor instead of as a traditional employee.1 Some common independent contractors include commercial truck drivers, taxi drivers, couriers, or contractors. Independent contractors are not entitled to workers’ compensation coverage under South Carolina law and, therefore, are responsible for their own injury-related losses. However, not everyone is correctly classified as an independent contractor and, in many situations, an incorrectly classified individual may receive back benefits that they were previously denied.  Was another motorist injured or at fault? Traffic accidents can be complicated and may involve other motorists who sustain serious injuries or whose negligence2 contributes to the collision. Cases can become substantially more complicated when other parties get involved and each party will likely have their own legal claims and legal...
Be Careful of Your Actions During Injury Recovery

Be Careful of Your Actions During Injury Recovery

Workers’ compensation insurance companies aim to limit liability whenever possible. Following an accident, a representative of the insurer may work to determine whether you truly require all of the medical treatment you are receiving or whether it is actually necessary for you to miss work while you recover. For this reason, anyone who has sustained an on the job injury or illness should carefully consider their actions while they are receiving workers’ compensation benefits.1  Investigators may be watching you An insurer may hire an investigator to watch and even record your actions following your injury. If an investigator sees you playing sports, being active with your family, going to the gym, moving heavy items, or any similar activities, they may use this as evidence to significantly reduce or even cancel your benefits. This can mean you must return to work too soon or that you will be responsible for your own medical expenses.  Stay off social media Social media has become a useful tool for both employers and investigators for insurance companies to monitor the behavior of employees claiming injury. For example, if you are missing work and you post photos of a recent camping trip on Facebook or similar social media sites, it may diminish the strength of your local injury claim. Because items you post may be misinterpreted, you should avoid posting on social media during your recovery. Additionally, do not allow friends to “tag” you in photos or check-ins to parties or other events that may insinuate that you are actually in good enough health to return to work.  Contact a Charleston, SC workers’ compensation attorney...
Workplace Injuries Can Occur in Office Buildings

Workplace Injuries Can Occur in Office Buildings

Work place injuries do not just happen on construction sites or in manufacturing plants involving vehicles, heavy machinery, or similar equipment. However, you may be surprised that office workers have valid claims for workers compensation benefits on a regular basis. Common injuries sustained by office workers Employees who work in office buildings can sustain many injuries while they are on the job. Some of the most common are as follows: Repetitive stress injuries – Office workers often complete the same tasks over and over, which can lead to repetitive stress injuries. For example, many employees who type on a keyboard every day may develop carpal tunnel syndrome,1 which can be painful and may require physical therapy or even surgery to repair. Falls – Office workers are also at risk of slips, trips, and falls2 on the premises of the office. Spills or slippery floors in break rooms, dangerous stairwells, and more can lead to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and similar serious injuries. Assaults – Offices should have adequate security to protect its employees inside the building or in parking lots or garages. If there is inadequate security, an employee may be the victim of an assault while on the job and may sustain related injuries. An experienced Charleston workers’ compensation attorney can help you You are entitled to benefits under South Carolina workers’ compensation laws whether you work on a hazardous job site or in a seemingly safe office building. Though there is generally less of a risk of on the job injuries for office workers, this type of employee can still require workers’ compensation benefits in certain...
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