Accidents are common in the construction field, despite efforts to increase safety. This is due to the elements – such as heavy equipment and materials, heights and electricity – that are prevalent in this industry. One Florida man was recently injured after a construction accident in Palm Beach Gardens, an hour outside Miami.
The construction accident occurred on the afternoon of Dec. 19. A piece of steel fell on the worker, a man in his 30s. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered serious. The man is expected to survive.
An investigation should be conducted to learn more about how the incident occurred. For example, it’s important to understand how the steel fell on the man. Was the man handling it at the time of the accident or did it just fall due to another worker’s negligence? The circumstances will help determine liability.
Regardless of who is at fault, the injured worker has the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits help provide income to those who are unable to work due to a workplace injury. However, these benefits are only a percentage of the person’s income, so the amount may not be sufficient to pay costly medical bills.
Worker’s compensation can also be denied in many case. In such cases, an injured worker may want to consult with an experienced attorney in order to appeal the denial of benefits. Injured workers have legal rights for compensation when it comes to medical expenses, pain and suffering, temporary or permanent disability, lost wages and other claims when a workplace accident occurs.
Source: The Palm Beach Post, “Man in hospital after construction accident in suburban Palm Beach Gardens” Alexandra Seltzer, Dec. 19, 2013