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How to handle an injury in a construction work zone

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2023 | Construction Accidents |

The risks involved in construction work can increase if you perform labor on a heavily trafficked road or close to one. You will have to be cautious of motor vehicles in addition to the routine dangers of a construction area. Unfortunately, some workers cannot avoid a serious injury.

Construction Executive points out that construction work zones near trafficked areas saw 135 construction worker fatalities in the year 2019. Here are some important points to know if you should experience a work zone injury.

Seek medical attention

Generally, work zone accidents result in serious injuries. Common examples include traumatic brain injuries, damage to the spinal cord, burns, or a crush injury. This makes it important to get medical help as soon as you can.

Remaining calm is crucial. Panicked movement or even slight shifting of your body might aggravate your injuries. Other workers may have to tend to you until paramedics arrive.

Do not downplay your injury

It is possible that you feel little or no lingering pain after a collision with a vehicle. However, this can be deceptive. You could be in shock following your injury, which means you may feel pain later. Additionally, your injuries could progress to a deadly state if you wait too long before seeing a doctor.

Document your treatment

Finally, keep records of the care you receive following your injury. You may apply for workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills. In the event negligence contributed to your injuries, you could also seek damages from the responsible party.

Given that construction injuries can inflict permanent disabilities or even death, you should be aware of steps to take to preserve your rights and your health to prevent a worse outcome.