Construction workers provide a valuable service in today’s society, building the bridges, building and other structures we need to survive. However, construction sites are extremely dangerous workplaces, with large equipment constantly moving, power tools designed to break hard objects and heavy construction supplies being shifted from one spot to another. One of the most common accidents to cause injury on construction sites is a struck-by accident.
There are many different ways that you may be injured in struck-by hazards on a construction site. Flying objects are one of the most common. This occurs when an object separates from a machine or tool and strikes you or when an object is expelled from a tool or machine, striking you. Tools that use compressed air can cause objects to fly large distances and at significant speed, leading to extreme injury.
Falling objects can also cause significant injury. Another worker or crane may drop something from a scaffolding or a section of the building being constructed could fall, striking you.
Swinging objects from crane or pulleys can cause significant injury as can rolling objects such as unmanned rail cars or bulldozers. Material can also roll when not secured properly leading to injury.
If you are involved in struck-by accident, your injuries may be severe. Struck-by hazards have caused head, back and neck trauma as well as broken bones, contusions and even crushed organs.
After a struck-by injury, you may not be able to work. Without work, you may have no income and be worried about how you will be able to support your family. Your injuries will require treatment and may include extensive physical therapy or surgeries, leading to significant medical bills. Because you are concerned about your finances, your injuries may be slower to heal as research shows stress can slow the healing process. However, under Pennsylvania law, you are entitled to workers’ compensation for your workplace injury.
In Pennsylvania, any employer with more than one employee is required to provide workers’ compensation coverage. Your employer must provide you with compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other costs related to your injury. Even if you were partially or completely responsible for your injury, you are eligible for workers’ comp.
If you are concerned about losing your job if you file a claim, you need to know that the law prohibits your employer from firing you for filing a claim. It is recommended, however, that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your injury to protect your rights.
Hiring an attorney does not mean you plan to sue your employer. Under Pennsylvania law, you are not permitted to file a lawsuit for a workplace injury in most instances. Workers’ comp insurance often miscalculates the amount you should receive as compensation. An attorney will confirm that your compensation is correct and make sure your employer follows the law.
If you have been injured in a struck-by accident, contact Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You can set up an appointment by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing the easy form on our website.