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Concrete pillar falls, leading to workplace accident

In North Carolina and elsewhere, a split-second injury on the job can lead to weeks and even months of dealing with serious physical injuries and financial worries. One man in another state was recently injured on the job while performing his duties at a construction site. The workplace accident took place on a recent Monday morning.

At a little past 11 a.m., a wind gust is said to have caused a concrete panel to plummet and strike a worker at the construction site. The panel weighed 20 tons. It was one of 32 pre-cast panels that fell on the construction site that morning as a result of the wind.

Firefighters took about 45 minutes to free the construction worker. The man had been working on a platform that was elevated when the accident occurred. He was conscious following the incident, although his legs were crushed. He was transported to the hospital for the treatment of his injuries.

When a person is hurt on the job, he or she has the right to pursue a claim for workers' compensation insurance benefits. Most companies in North Carolina have to purchase workers' compensation insurance for the benefit of their employees in the event of a workplace accident. Through this type of insurance, injured workers can receive a portion of their regular weekly wages in addition to coverage for required medical treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes employers contest workers' compensation claims. A lawyer can help injured employees to pursue the compensation to which they are entitled and/or to appeal claim denials.

Source: argusleader.com, "Worker injured by toppled 20-ton concrete slab", Katie Nelson, Aug. 1, 2016

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