Construction zones are filled with hazards: falls from inadequate scaffolding, crush injuries from heavy equipment, burns from welding, electrocution from live wires, and many others. Safety must be exercised at all times, and unfortunately, it can take only a moment’s inattention to cause an accident.
The law also allows you to recover non-economic damages for an accident. You likely suffered physical pain and mental anguish because of your injuries, and you are entitled to money to make up for that suffering. You can also get money for physical disfigurement you’ve suffered, like scars and burns, and for physical impairment, such as the loss of your ability to perform certain activities. Certain close family members like spouses can even recover money for their personal emotional suffering when a loved one is injured.
A workplace injury might be something small like a cut hand at a food prep station in a restaurant, or it could be something much bigger, like an injury at a chemical plant, refinery or offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Other very serious injuries can include amputation from machinery or a traumatic brain injury from falling materials at a construction worksite.