Our Firm Helps Workers Injured in Construction Accidents in Asheville and the Surrounding Communities
Recover benefits through NC workers’ compensation program
North Carolina laws require most employers in the state to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This program allows you to receive immediate medical attention after a construction injury and recover lost wages if you are temporarily or permanently unable to return to the job you previously performed.
The laws governing your workers’ compensation benefits can be confusing without the guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer. Hensley Cloninger, P.C. has 29 years of experience helping victims of on-the-job injuries. We take efficient, decisive steps to file your workers’ compensation claim and to get you paid as quickly as possible.
OSHA’s fatal four accidents
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, accounting for a high number of deaths and serious injuries every year. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) reports that 17.6 percent of all private sector job-related deaths in 2011 resulted from construction accidents. OSHA refers to the primary causes of deadly injuries as “the fatal four.” Of the 738 construction workers’ deaths, 419 are attributed to:
- Falls: 259 fatalities
- Being struck by an object: 73 fatalities
- Electrocutions: 69 fatalities
- Being caught in or in between objects or equipment: 18 fatalities
Reasons construction workers continue to face serious risks
Basic safety measures could help prevent many on-the-job construction accidents could be avoided. Unfortunately, contractors often care more about cutting expenses and speeding up production to make deadlines and increase profits. Their negligence puts workers’ health and safety at risk. OSHA provides comprehensive information about implementing important safeguards to help employers comply with federal and state laws. Employers that violate OSHA regulations may be subject to fines and other regulatory and civil actions.
Eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits
Keep in mind, however, you do not need to prove negligence to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Even if the company took every precaution to protect its workers, the workers’ compensation insurance policy should provide you with coverage for medical bills, disability and lost income.
Consult with our legal team about your rights under workers’ compensation laws
Collect your rightful workers’ compensation benefits after your construction accident. Call Hensley Cloninger, P.C. at 828-348-0092 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation at our Asheville office. We handle your workers’ compensation and personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you can wait to pay us until we recover damages in your case.