The construction industry can be dangerous to work in, with heavy machinery and materials, powerful tools, working at heights and workers coming and going at building and construction sites. The construction industry is one of the largest sources of injury claims in Australia, accounting for 10 per cent of all worker’s compensation claims.
If you are injured in the construction industry and it was another person’s fault, you may be eligible to claim accident compensation. For example, inadequate safety standards or poor training. Compensation can be awarded to cover medical costs, personal loss and lost earnings.
The most common injuries in the construction industry are joint and muscle injuries and diseases resulting from repetitive strain, falls and trips, being hit by objects or coming into contact with machinery. Fractures and open wounds are also common, requiring hospital treatment.
Accidents can be caused by:
- Trips and falls
- Power tools and other machinery
- Collapsing scaffolding
- Faulty lifts
- Illness from substances, e.g. cement containing chromium
Making a Claim
A compensation claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident. Your employer must know a work accident has occurred and you have sustained an injury. A workers compensation claim should be lodged with your employer which should then begin paying soon after you stop working. Keep in mind you’ll need medical evidence to support your claims.
Depending on the accident, you may be able to make other claims. For example, if you have sustained a permanent injury, you may be entitled to lump sum compensation for the injury sustained. If the injury you have suffered occurred as a result of the fault or responsibility of another person, you may be able to make a common law negligence claim.
Get in Touch
Compensation or damages can be calculated depending on a number of factors, such as the seriousness of the injury, loss of earnings, insurance policies and enterprise agreements. Figuring it out on your own can be difficult after a construction accident when you’re hospitalised or in pain.
Brisbane Injury Lawyers can help you get fair compensation or damages where possible. We believe every person has the right to have legal representation, which is why we charge no fees until the successful conclusion of your claim. We pay all the outlay costs, including medical and investigation reports until your claim is over. No Win, No Fee.
Don’t hesitate to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers today on 07 3188 5800 or contact us online.