Occupational Hazards For Masonry Workers
Most masons and bricklayers work on construction sites, which are some of the most dangerous workplaces with some of the highest incidences of workplace injuries. Even when a mason is following safety standards perfectly and doing all that he can to protect himself, the mistake of another worker can easily lead to a serious accident.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has identified the following occupational hazards which frequently lead to mason and bricklayer injuries:
- Falls from elevated surfaces
- Slips, trips, and falls on the same level
- Wall collapses and cave-ins
- Struck by heavy machinery or falling objects
- Stepping on or being struck by sharp objects
- Being caught in or between objects
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Electrical shock
- Eye injuries from flying particles
- Illnesses from toxic exposure
- Musculoskeletal injuries due to poor posture, heavy lifting, and repetitive motions
Accidental injuries, occupational illnesses, and repetitive motion injuries are all eligible for workers’ compensation. In order to file a claim, you must first meet with a doctor who will establish a link between your injury or illness and your job duties.
Do I Have A Case For A Lawsuit?
In workers’ compensation claims, negligence is not taken into account. However, if a negligent third party was responsible for causing your accident and injuries, you may hold them liable in a personal injury lawsuit. If you were injured while working as a mason on a construction site, there is a very good chance you were working in close proximity to a variety of third parties. These sites are made up of a variety of companies, independent contractors, subcontractors, and other entities who do not share a common employer.
Violations of safety standards and failure to address hazardous conditions are two common forms of construction site negligence. Determining liability for a construction site work accident is complex since there are so many different factors to consider. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you should consider meeting with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case in a free consultation.
Is A Lawyer Necessary For Workers’ Compensation Claims?
You may not be required to have a lawyer when you apply for workers’ comp, but having one by your side greatly increases your chances of an accepted initial claim. Many injured workers don’t lawyer up until their claim has already been denied, but you can save yourself a great deal of time and headaches by hiring one in the early stages of the process.
If your claim already has been denied, it is almost always necessary to have a lawyer’s help in the appeals process. You will need to provide new evidence in order to have them reconsider your claim, and an experienced lawyer will know how to collect the appropriate documents and evidence.
As mentioned before, injuries which occur on construction sites have complex circumstances. If a third party caused your injury, you may be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. If your injury is disabling, you may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Banville Law’s knowledgeable work injury lawyers can evaluate every aspect of your case in order to help you seek all possible routes to compensation.