LANSING, Michigan. In 2009, 3.3. million people were injured in construction accidents in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Construction workers perform dangerous jobs—from working at height, to working with electricity. Construction workers face the highest rate of fatal injuries above any other industry. Workers are not the only people at risk. Individuals passing under or near construction sites can also face injury when objects fall, when electrical wires are exposed, or when companies fail to take proper precautions. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, it is important to protect your rights. Christopher Trainor & Associates is a Lansing, Michigan personal injury lawyer who can help you get the recovery you may deserve.
Most construction workers are protected under worker’s compensation. Under worker’s compensation, employers are required to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and work re-training for workers who are injured on the job. Yet, where you live can have a big impact on the amount of money you are entitled to receive. A recent ProPublica report found that different states give different amounts of money for damage or loss of each body part. The value of an arm in Florida may be very different than the value of an arm in Michigan. The good news is that Michigan tends to value body parts well above the national average. For instance, the value of an arm under Michigan’s worker’s compensation is $220,580, well above the national average of $169,878. The maximum compensation for a foot in Michigan is $132,840, well above the national average compensation of $91,779.
There are states where compensation is well below the national average. For instance, a lost foot in Alabama will get you at most $30,580. In Massachusetts, the most you can get for a lost hand under worker’s compensation is $41,310. The reality is that if you live in Michigan, you are generally better off than workers in most other states. However, it is important to take action and file a worker’s compensation claim on time. Individuals face denials if they fail to make their claims in a timely manner. Furthermore, if your employer is denying you the right to file a claim, if your claim has been denied, or if you are having difficulty with a claim, you have the right to seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
Finally, not all individuals are protected under worker’s compensation. If you are injured on a construction site and are not a worker, you may need to seek a recovery with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Not all employers are required to have worker’s compensation and not employees are covered. While this is the vast minority of cases, if your employer is telling you that you are not covered, it is wise to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney in Lansing, Michigan. Visit http://www.michiganlegalcenter.com/ to learn more and to protect your rights.