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Construction accidents can lead to long recoveries

It is no secret that in Minnesota - as elsewhere in the United States - construction work is one of the more dangerous careers to pursue. When a worker is injured in an accident on a job site, the injury may not only sideline them from work but may also result in a lengthy period of recovery and recuperation that can involve multiple medical procedures and physical therapy.

Because job sites often involve people working in close proximity to heavy machinery and building supplies, as well as environmental hazards like scaffolding or excavations, on-the-job injuries suffered by construction workers may be more serious than those suffered by workers in other fields. And the safety gear workers are required to wear on construction sites is not always enough.

For example, in a construction accident last November, a Minnesota man was on the job and using a shovel, the wooden handle of which was under considerable pressure. The handle shattered and propelled a long wood shard from the handle into the worker's eye socket and several inched into his brain. In the ensuing months, the worker has had several surgeries to remove the shard, repair damaged tissue, and to mend his skull. He also requires physical and occupational therapy.

Construction accidents, clearly, can be serious - and lead to serious financial consequences due to lost income and medical expenses. Workers injured on the job may be entitled to compensation to help cover some of the medical expenses and make up for the associated wage loss. A seasoned lawyer with experience assisting construction accident victims can help to ensure that the worker receives all the compensation to which they are entitled.

Source: Star Tribune, "HCMC prints 3-D implant to repair fractured skull bone," Jeremy Olson, March 3, 2018

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