Construction Worker Injuries in California-Workers’ Compensation Claims
Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work. The risks of injury are many—falling tools or building materials, falls from heights, the malfunction of heavy equipment or machines. When you have suffered an injury on a construction site, you have a right to benefits under the California Workers’ Compensation Act.
Workers’ compensation laws are set up to provide an alternative to litigation for workplace injuries. Under the law in California, if you are a construction worker injured on a job site, or you contract a disease because of exposure to chemicals or other substances on a job site, you are entitled to benefits. You don’t have to show that your employer was at fault, only that your injuries occurred in the course and scope of your employment. You are entitled to benefits, even if you were partially or wholly responsible for your injury.
Under the workers’ compensation law, once it has been established that your injuries are work-related, you are entitled to a fixed benefit amount, based on the type of injury.
If you have been injured on a construction site, the first thing you want to do is get the medical attention you need. If your injury demands immediate care, you don’t have to seek approval from your employer. You should, however, notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible. Your employer may request that you see a company doctor, but you will always be able to get care from a physician of your choice.
You should also contact a lawyer as soon as possible, as there are some situations where you can seek damages in a lawsuit, in addition to your rights to benefits under the workers’ compensation laws.
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