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Construction workers have different options when harmed in a fall


During 2013, greater than a third of construction worker deaths were due to fall-related accidents. In addition, as many as 10 percent of workers may injure themselves in falls each year. Falls are considered one of the "fatal four" types of construction-site accidents that harm workers. Workplace fall accidents can include scaffolding falls, ladder falls and other types of construction-site falls. Falls can lead to serious injuries and damages for workers and their families.

In addition to the unfortunate prevalence of construction worker falls, falls are among the leading reasons workers' compensation claims are made by workers in North Carolina. The injuries, harm and damages that occur following a workplace fall can be long-lasting and remain, or worsen, over time. Workers' compensation benefits help workers with the medical and other economic damages that result from a workplace accident.

In addition, if a party other than the worker's employer was negligent in causing the harm the worker suffered, the injured worker, or worker's family, may be able to recover damages through a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the harm. Injured workers, including those facing serious injuries following a workplace fall, have different options to consider to aid with damages following a workplace accident.

It is important to keep in mind that employers are required to provide a safe working environment and proper safety education, training and equipment to keep workers safe from fall hazards. If a worker has suffered an on-the-job fall, the worker may be able to recover the damages suffered through the workers' compensation process. If a third party was responsible for the harm the worker suffered, other options may be available, but in the end it is important for workers to understand the legal remedies that may be available to help them following a fall-related accident.

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