Working in construction comes with various risks, no matter what type of job you may hold on a New Mexico construction site. Often, construction site accidents happen as the result of preventable hazards and safety issues. Additionally, due to the nature of this particular type of job, construction site accidents often result in serious and debilitating injuries.
If you were hurt while working on a construction site, you know that your full recovery is critical. Your ability to work depends on getting the right kind of medical care and rehabilitation needed to achieve a full and fair recovery. You could be entitled to benefits through your employer's workers' compensation insurance, but you would be wise to fully explore all sources of recompense available to you.
Why do construction accidents happen?
Construction accidents happen for many reasons. Often, these relate to preventable factors such as lack of safety equipment, lack of safety training and more. In many cases, construction workers who experience on-the-job injuries do so because of the following factors:
- Falls from scaffolding
- Being struck by a moving vehicle or equipment
- Falling tools or equipment
In addition to these more obvious safety hazards on construction sites, construction workers could face health hazards due to toxic exposure. Whether it is due to dangerous chemicals, environmental factors or exposure to asbestos and more, construction workers could become ill as a direct result of their job.
Responsibility for jobsite accidents
Construction site managers are responsible for making sure that workers receive proper training and the tools necessary to do jobs completely and safely. Additionally, employers and managers must take the steps necessary to adhere to safety standards in place from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
After a construction site injury, you have the right to medical care and to follow the steps necessary to complete a workers' compensation claim. Your employer may not withhold information about these procedures from you, nor can he or she prevent you from filing a claim.
Get what you need for a full recovery
When injured on a worksite, you may need extensive medical care in order to achieve a full recovery. You have the right to whatever physical support you need to get better, and you could be entitled to financial support as well.
Whether it is recovering losses associated with your medical care or your lost wages from time you missed from work, you have no time to lose in exploring your options and seeking the help you need after a construction site accident.