Construction work is an important industry in Montana. However, construction workers, whether they are erecting a building or fixing a road, face dangers every day on the job. In fact, one construction worker in Helena was recently seriously injured in a workplace accident.
The accident occurred around 9:00 a.m. The worker was in a six to eight foot deep trench when a piece of heavy equipment fell into the trench, hitting him. Firefighters had to construct a rope system along with a safety basket to get the worker out of the trench. The worker was sent to the hospital by ambulance after suffering injuries to his arm and leg in the incident that have been described as serious.
While this man may be lucky to be alive, he has suffered serious injuries. Construction workers injured at work, whether it is in a trench collapse, by heavy machinery or by a fall may find themselves hospitalized with severe injuries. When this happens, they will undoubtedly incur extensive medical expenses related to the treatment of their injuries and ongoing therapy. Moreover, they may find that they are unable to work while they recover from their injuries, resulting in lost wages.
All of these financial hardships may be difficult to cope with, especially at a time when a worker should only have to be concerned with regaining his or her health. Fortunately, it may be possible for injured workers to seek workers’ compensation benefits in order to cover the costs of medical care and lost wages until they are able to return to work. To learn more about pursuing workers’ compensation benefits, workers may want to discuss their case with a personal injury attorney who can advise them about their rights.
Source: KXLH.com, “Worker sustains ‘serious’ injuries in construction site accident,” Lindsey Ford, April 19, 2017