Hazards for Hoosiers Working Road Construction
The overriding focus of the National Work Zone Awareness Week (that occurred back in April of this year) initiative was to raise awareness of safety of workers and the motoring public, and popularize the proven safety measures that can reduce injuries and crashes.
The importance of this initiative is ongoing as every year, hundreds of Hoosier workers are killed or injured in construction sites on our roads. Hoosiers working on road projects face many hazards, including but not limited to:
- Fast moving motorists, often confused by signs and unfamiliar lane shifts
- The use of large and dangerous construction equipment, often operating in the construction zone without any barriers between them and normal roadway traffic
- Constant exposure to sun, dust, exhaust fumes, tar, and other chemicals, which may lead to heatstroke, respiratory ailments and many other temporary or possibly permanent diseases
- Constant and relentless noise from motor vehicle traffic and heavy construction equipment that can lead to serious hearing impairment and stress
When faced with such accidents or hazards, the injured worker can file for a workers’ compensation claim. They can also opt to file a personal injury claim. An injured employee becomes entitled to workers’ compensation, regardless of the reasons for an on-the-job injury. Compensation becomes available as long as the injury occurred at work, and medical records substantiate the extent of injury. When the injury is due to negligence of the employer or a third-party, the injured employee may opt to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Regardless of whether the injured worker is filing a workers’ compensation claim, filing a personal injury lawsuit, or doing both, it pays to enlist the services of a skilled and experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorney.
Wagner Reese is the right choice for any workers’ compensation endeavor. We have a team of experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorneyswho are skilled in thorough investigations of similar cases, and have the knowledge to assist you in getting the money you deserve to compensate for your accident and suffering.
Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free evaluation of your case.