The construction industry is potentially the single most dangerous career out there. Thousands of people sustain injuries or die every year in construction-related accidents. Even with today’s more stringent safety protocols and greater scrutiny, the problem persists. Unsecured equipment, hazardous chemical exposure, slip and fall accidents and other dangerous situations place construction workers in danger constantly.
Recently, these dangers came to light when an explosion at a Texas hospital resulted in multiple injuries and even a death. Let’s examine the construction accident that resulted in this damage, and how a workers’ compensation attorney can help you if you suffer a similar circumstance while on the job.
Construction Accident Kills One Person
An explosion at a Texas hospital construction site sent clouds of black smoke into the sky and shook the ground. The construction accident was at the Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, Texas. It resulted in several construction workers in critical condition, and in one death.
A total of 12 people suffered injuries, with many of them rushed to trauma centers in nearby Temple, and those who suffered the worst burns rushed to Parkland Memorial in Dallas. The explosion, reportedly caused by a construction accident, was nothing short of catastrophic in scope. It resulted in the shutdown of the facility, with many patients transported to other hospitals.
Fortunately, no hospital patients or staff were harmed, but the injuries to so many construction workers is staggering. Hospital CEO David Byrom likened the blast to a bomb exploding. It resulted in a partial building collapse and left sections of the city without power for as long as three hours.
The Cause of the Accident
Currently, the cause of the accident is unclear. Investigators don’t suspect foul play, and they are looking into the possibility of a boiler room beneath the construction as the source. The state fire marshal is leading the investigation.
Dealing with Workplace Accidents
Workplace accidents can be truly catastrophic. This is why most employers are legally required to carry workers’ compensation for their employees. When you get hurt at work, the company carries a list of approved healthcare providers to treat your injuries, and workers’ comp insurance kicks in to cover your medical bills, ongoing recovery, disability costs, part of your lost wages and, in some cases, alternate job training so you can get back to work.
While in this case, the need for workers’ comp is clear for those injured, there could be others who suffer non-physical injuries, like severe emotional trauma and PTSD, that prevent them from working just as much as physical harm. These people might have a harder time collecting workers’ comp, as it’s harder to prove such an invisible injury.
Workers’ Compensation Denials
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance, and insurance companies are for-profit businesses who are out to make a buck. Naturally, these companies don’t make that profit by paying out huge settlements. They are also excessive and overzealous when it comes to trying to root out fraud. This means that far too many people who are in dire need of the benefits to which they are legally entitled are initially denied.
In order to collect workers’ comp, it’s essential to take the right steps. Report your accident as soon as it happens. The longer you wait, the more cause the insurance company has to question your application. Keep detailed records of all of your treatments and the ways in which the injury has impaired your ability to work.
Above all, prepare to fight for your rights if your claim gets denied. Understand that it’s not necessarily the end of the road. You will, however, need to gather the right evidence to back up your claims and get your claim approved.
Call a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
A workers’ compensation attorney specializes in helping people who are injured on the job to get the compensation the law entitles them to receive. Workers’ comp is an essential protection for employees, and it’s not something that greedy insurance providers should withhold.
If you’ve been hurt on the job and you need help challenging a claim denial, or even just filing your claim in the first place, Attorney Robert White is here to help. For decades, Attorney White has helped people challenge workers’ compensation claim denials and get the compensation they deserve. Contact us for a free consultation about your case today.