Construction workers work some of the most high-risk jobs in the labor market. As a construction worker, you are exposed to many different injuries. Construction injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Falls, which may often be from working at heights.
- Being struck by objects on the construction site.
- Being injured by a collapsing structure, such as scaffolding.
- Injuries from equipment.
- Injuries caused by other workers or contractors.
If you are injured while working on a construction site, you are most likely entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina. Unfortunately, the insurance company doesn't always authorize all the medical and indemnity benefits you are entitled to receive. There may be disputes over how much you earned prior to the injury, and therefore how much you are entitled to receive in wage-loss benefits. Or, there may be a dispute over the medical treatment you need to adequately recover from your injury and move on with your life. The insurance company may also use your immigration status as a reason to try to reduce your benefits. We will help you fight back against these tactics and fight for your right to receive workers' compensation benefits.
Even if your case is compensable, there may be an issue over which employer and carrier are liable for your claim. Many different contractors and subcontractors can work on one construction site. The subcontractor who hired you is required to have workers' compensation insurance, and they will be liable in your claim. If your subcontractor did not provide proof of workers' compensation coverage to the contractor who contracted with them, then that contractor may be liable for your claim.
Multiple contractors and numerous workers must work together to ensure a safe construction site. You may be injured due to the fault of another contractor or due to the malfunction of a piece of equipment. If so, you may have a third-party claim in addition to your workers' compensation claim. The Olsinski Law Firm can represent you in both your workers' compensation claim and your personal injury claim.
Due to the physical nature of construction work, employees who are injured while working in the construction injury often are unable to return to their job. If you are unable to return to your pre-injury construction job, you are entitled to make a claim for temporary total disability benefits to reimburse you for your loss of wages. Even after you are placed at maximum medical improvement for your compensable injuries, the doctor may restrict you from returning to work in the construction injury. You may be entitled to continue receiving temporary total disability benefits even after you have been placed at maximum medical improvement.
Construction workers also often require significant medical attention for their injuries. Construction workers are often taken to urgent care or the emergency room immediately after an injury. Your care may then be transferred to an orthopedist, depending on the severity of your injury. Your recovery may be long and include surgery, physical therapy, and pain management.
The most unfortunate construction injuries result in the death of the worker. In such cases, the deceased worker's dependents or next of kin are entitled to receive death benefits under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. Our board certified workers' compensation specialist can help determine the amount of death benefits owed and the beneficiaries entitled to receive them.
You already work a very stressful job in the construction industry. Let the Olsinski Law Firm help take the stress out of your workers' compensation claim. We will help you identify the parties who are responsible for providing you workers' compensation benefits. We will help you calculate what you are owed in your claim, and we will work to ensure you receive the medical treatment and disability compensation you are entitled to receive while you recover from your injury. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation about your construction injury.