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Common construction worker injuries and how workers’ comp can help

The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States, with a substantial risk of accidents and injuries. A typical construction worksite has equipment and materials that can cause serious injuries if improperly handled. Certain working conditions can also expose workers to risks, such as working from elevated positions, leading to fall risks, or working with asbestos, which can lead to lung diseases.

Fortunately for workers, workers’ compensation can help pay for their treatment, among other benefits. This blog will list some of the more common injuries construction workers suffer and how workers’ compensation can help them.

The most common construction workplace injuries

The following injuries are the most likely to happen to construction workers due to the nature of their work. They include:

  • Back Injuries: Back injuries are common in construction work due to the physical demands of the job, such as lifting, bending, and twisting. These injuries can range from strains and sprains to herniated discs and spinal cord injuries.
  • Head injuries: Head injuries can occur from falling objects, falling from heights, or being struck by an object. These injuries can range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries.
  • Repetitive strain injuries: Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, can occur from repetitive tasks, such as using power tools or lifting heavy materials.
  • Hearing loss: Exposure to loud noises on construction sites can cause permanent hearing loss.

Workers must remember that they have rights and responsibilities within Connecticut’s workers’ compensation system if they suffer an injury during work.

The benefits of workers’ compensation

Workers’ compensation helps injured employees by providing them with several types of benefits. They are:

  • Medical benefits
  • Wage replacement benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits
  • Disability benefits

However, these benefits aren’t automatically paid out; the construction worker must still file a claim with their employer and the employer’s insurer. The employer and claims administrator must also approve the claim for benefits.

So, yes – workers’ compensation can help construction workers with their injuries. However, their claims still need approval. If you’re a worker and your claim was denied, remember it’s not the end; you can still appeal the denial with Connecticut’s Workers’ Compensation Commission. A legal professional may be able to advise you on your appeal and represent you during the hearing.

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