Kansas residents have read multiple posts in this blog pertaining to injuries that happen in the workplace. While injuries can happen at any time and for a variety of reasons, there are some professions that have unique and special rules when it comes to injuries due to the dangerous nature of the profession. One of these professions are construction workers. Kansas residents should understand their legal rights, should a construction site accident occur.
Recently, construction workers were working on repairing a home when the back wall of the four family home collapsed. One of the construction workers fell when the collapse occurred and then suffered additional injuries as he was hit by falling bricks and other debris. He was transported a hospital and his condition is unknown as this time.
Injured construction workers will likely have a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. The procedure for the filing of a workers’ compensation claim is very similar to filing any other type of insurance claim. Once the claim has been approved, the injured worker will receive compensation pertaining to all their medical bills, including prescribed medication and even gas mileage to and from medical appointments or follow-up procedures. If a worker is temporarily or permanent disability due to the injuries, workers’ compensation will provide compensation to the injured individual.
Similar to other types of insurance claims, workers’ compensation claims can be met with some of the same challenges. Employers may try to fight the claim. In some cases, employers may try to argue that the injury did not happen while the individual was on the job. In other cases, employers may try to argue that the injury occurred as a result of negligence or recklessness on behalf of the employee. In such circumstances, it may be beneficial to have the expert guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation legal professional.
Source: KMOV St. Louis, “Worker injured after building collapses in north St. Louis,” Oct. 23, 2013