Working on highway or road construction is a dangerous job. Standing near fast-moving cars all day creates the potential for serious harm. You may get injured by someone driving too fast through a work zone, or you could be hurt if there’s an auto accident that comes into your worksite. Injured highway construction workers may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation.
Getting Workers’ Comp if You Are Injured on a Roadwork Site
If you get hurt on the job, you can file for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation covers part of your salary and medical bills when you can’t work due to something that happened while you were fixing a road, constructing a highway or otherwise doing your job.
Employers in Pennsylvania are required to offer the majority of their employees workers’ compensation. These benefits make it easier to care for your family when you are out of work.
What to Do if You Suffer a Road Construction Worker Injury
Qualifying for workers’ compensation depends largely on following the regulations laid out by the state for reporting your injury and filing a claim. You should tell your employer about your injury as soon as possible. Seek medical treatment immediately, even if you don’t think you suffered a serious injury.
Your employer’s insurance company may try to fight your claim. It does not want to pay out the money you deserve, and so it will look for an excuse to deny your benefits. It may claim you didn’t suffer your injury on the job or that your condition is not as bad as you claim.
An experienced lawyer can help you fight back against your employer’s insurance company. If your initial claim gets rejected, an attorney can aid you with filing an appeal to secure the benefits you are entitled to.
Common Highway Construction Injuries
While you may follow all the best practices for highway workzone safety, there are many factors you cannot control when you work on the roads, such as the behavior of the drivers. Driving under the influence or speeding can lead to accidents near workzones. Some of the most common injuries among highway construction workers include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
Contact Frommer D’Amico to Get the Compensation You Deserve
When you get injured on the job, you may feel uncertain about what to do next. You know your employer should pay for your benefits, but you don’t know the law. Our PA road construction workers’ compensation lawyers can assist you.
We only take workers’ comp cases, and we always represent employees, never employers. You pay lower fees when you choose us. We can be reached 24/7, including evenings and weekends, and can travel to nearby areas such as Allentown, Altoona and Scranton.
Let us give your case personalized attention. Get in touch with Frommer D’Amico today to schedule a free consultation online or call 717-400-1000.