Springfield Construction Workers’ Accident Lawyers
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, and those who work in them face significant risks for serious on-the-job injuries. These sites are frequently littered with debris and machinery that can make on-the-job accidents more likely to occur. As part of their daily routine, construction workers are frequently required to perform tasks that put them at risk.
When injuries or illnesses do happen, they can end up causing disabilities that prevent these employees from returning to work, either on a temporary or permanent basis. At Webster & Carlton, our workers' compensation attorneys have nearly 50 years of combined experience in helping workers statewide in these situations. We provide professional legal representation you can depend on to help you seek rightful benefits.
Overview of Construction Worker Accidents
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction workers are among those most at risk for serious and potentially life-threatening on-the-job accidents. More than 600 of these workers are killed each year, while thousands more suffer serious and potentially disabling illnesses and injuries.
The National Safety Council ranks construction as among the most dangerous of U.S. industries with the most workplace fatalities.
The majority of injuries and fatalities result from:
- Being struck by or against objects
- Electrocutions, fires, and explosions
- Being caught in or between equipment or objects
- Exposure to hazardous fumes or toxic substances
- Physical overexertion or overuse
All of these can result in temporary or permanent health conditions requiring ongoing medical treatment while impairing your ability to work or provide for yourself and your family.
Common injuries include:
- Head trauma
- Back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Broken bones
- Forklift accident injuries
- Power tools and machinery injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Lifting injuries
- Eye injuries
- Occupational diseases
Why Do I Need a Missouri Workers’ Compensation Attorney?A workers’ compensation claim can take several months, even years, to resolve, especially if you continue to suffer from the effects of your work-related injury. Your employer and its insurance company will be represented by highly skilled attorneys who know how to exploit an injured employee. You need to level the playing field by hiring a Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer who will fight on your behalf.
What Happens If My Employer Denies Me Workers’ Compensation Benefits?In many cases, your employer or their insurance company will promptly pay any workers’ compensation benefits. But if they deny benefits–or stop paying them before you receive what you believe you are entitled to under the law–then you have the right to file a claim with the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. An administrative law judge appointed by the Division will review your claim and either conduct mediation between you and your employer, or alternatively hold a formal hearing to determine your right to compensation.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Covered?
Under Missouri law, workers’ compensation only covers injuries that arise “out of and in the course of employment.” This includes accidents that occur during your work shift. It also includes “occupational diseases” contracted at work, provided workplace exposure was the “prevailing” cause.
Workers’ compensation is not necessarily limited to injuries suffered at your normal workplace. If your job requires you to travel–i.e., make deliveries or conduct on-site work with clients–you may be compensated for injuries sustained in the course of such travel. However, Missouri workers’ compensation law specifically excludes injuries sustained while commuting from home to work and back, even if you use a company-owned car.
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