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Construction Hazards & Injuries

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Over the past few years there has been a great increase in development of both public and private buildings throughout metro Milwaukee.  This increase in construction has also led to an increase in construction related injuries.  While many construction accidents occur in warmer weather when more workers are outside, winter brings its own set of hazards, 

Certain winter safety considerations are applicable in many industries, including construction.

  • Slip, trip and fall dangers are amplified with snowy and icy conditions. Basics like proper footwear are essential.
  • It is essential to provide proper lighting, debris-free areas and fully functional equipment for workers. Many duties and tasks may need to be modified in the cold.
  • Hypothermia and frostbite are serious safety concerns in winter.
  • Scaffolds, ladders and other safety devices should be appropriate for the prevailing weather conditions.

Getting hurt on a construction job is a big deal. An injury can affect your livelihood, your long-term health and finances, your family stability and your emotional state. But it can be hard to know if you're taking all the right steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

When you're hurt, on top of the pain, there are so many questions that need answers;   

  • How long will it take to recover? 
  • How will I pay my bills in the meantime? 
  • Will workers' comp cover everything? 
  • What doctor should I see? 
  • Will my employer make things difficult for you? 
  • Who can I talk to and what can I disclose? 
  • Do I need an attorney? 
  • Does the law provide me with special safety protections in colder weather?  
  • What rights do injured workers and their families have when a serious accident has occurred?  
  • These are all important questions for the men and women working in sometimes hazardous conditions. 
  • Considerations in cold weather

If you or a family member was hurt on a construction job, you have numerous legal rights. In many cases, employers bear much responsibility for the safety of their employees. You may be entitled to money damages through a third-party claim, which is separate from workers' compensation.

Some construction injuries are resolved through simple, cut-and-dried workers' compensation cases. Other situations are not so simple, particularly when third-party liability (where a third party, i.e., someone besides your employer or your co-employee, may be responsible) is a factor. Getting professional advice will help you understand your rights and keep you from missing out on maximum money damages.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, talking to an attorney is always a good idea. With a trained professional on your side protecting your rights, you may receive a much higher compensation more quickly.

For over 40 years, the staff at LeBell, Dobroski and Morgan have been helping the people of Milwaukee get the justice they deserve.  Call our offices for a free review of your potential case when you need legal assistance.