As a construction worker, you use your skills to build structures. In exchange for your hard work, your employer pays your wages and carries workers’ compensation coverage. Because construction projects are often dangerous, you may eventually suffer some type of injury at work.
If you sustain an injury when working on a construction site, you may feel powerless. Luckily, you have some meaningful rights. Here are three of them.
1. The right to medical care
As a construction worker, you have a right to medical care after sustaining a job-related injury. Therefore, you should seek emergency medical care if necessary. If workers’ compensation covers your injury, you may have to see an in-network doctor for your second and subsequent medical appointments.
2. The right to financial compensation
Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance covers medical expenses related to your on-the-job injury. If you sustain an injury when working on a construction site, you likely have a right to this type of financial compensation.
If your injury was the result of a damaged or defective product, you may also have a third-party or product liability claim. Likewise, under certain circumstances, you may even be able to seek compensation from the property owner.
3. The right to return to work
Even though you work hard to support yourself and your family members, a construction injury may leave you unable to perform your job duties. Nevertheless, you have the right to work toward your goal of returning to work.
Because medical bills and associated expenses often add up quickly, you may need financial compensation to reach your goal. Still, asserting your legal rights may be the first step in putting your construction injury behind you.