Springfield Falling Objects Lawyers
Missouri Workers' Compensation Attorneys Helping after Construction Accidents
Construction accidents are inherently dangerous places, especially with so much happening all at once. Many construction workers have tasks they need to complete in high places, including roofs, ladders, scaffolding, cranes, and more. These tasks can involve using a variety of tools and materials, and it is all too easy for someone to drop something. When an object falls on a construction site, it can easily strike someone standing below. This can result in serious injuries, especially if it is a hard or heavy object. Construction workers who sustain injuries from falling objects have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits for their medical expenses, as well as temporary or permanent disability. Contact the Missouri workers' compensation lawyers at The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton about a claim today.
Objects that Fall
Even if all safety precautions are followed, people can still drop objects when they are working from high places. Some objects that might fall include:
- Power tools
- Drywall sheets
- Nails and screws
These are far from the only objects that can fall and injure someone below.
Injuries from Falling Objects
There are different reasons why falling objects can cause serious injuries. The higher an object originated, the greater the velocity will be by the time it gets to ground-level. When an object is heavy and/or made from metal or another hard substance, the trauma from the blow can be extensive. Additionally, some objects might be sharp, which can cause a different type of injury. The following are some examples of common injuries from falling objects:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Skull fractures
- Facial injuries
- Puncture wounds and impalement
- Crush injuries
Most injuries to construction workers by falling objects need immediate medical attention. Some workers might need surgery or hospitalization to prevent complications. Often, traumatic injuries from falling objects can keep a construction worker off the job for weeks or months. In the event of traumatic brain injuries or other catastrophic injuries, permanent disabilities might result and prevent a victim from ever going back to construction work.
Seeking the Benefits You Deserve
Following a work-related injury, you should get the medical treatment you need right away. Report your accident to your employer if possible, but if it is an emergency situation, report the injuries as soon as you can after you are stabilized. Then, speak with an experienced attorney about a workers' compensation claim. This claim seeks benefits that can cover:
- All injury-related medical treatment
- A percentage of lost wages
- Long-term disability benefits
Seek Help from a Dedicated Springfield and Joplin Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Dealing with the pain and effects of a severe injury is hard enough, but the medical costs and lost income can make the situation much worse. This is why it is critical to get the full workers' compensation benefits you deserve, and the legal team at The Law Firm of Webster & Carlton is here to help.
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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