Some lines of work are clearly more dangerous than others, and a roadside
construction zone can be particularly hazardous to workers. The constantly
passing traffic and the sheer speed of the vehicles pose major risks,
and if drivers fail to exercise due caution near construction sites, too
often workers suffer serious consequences.
Recently, a Pennsylvania man experienced this danger firsthand when he
was injured in a roadsideconstruction accident. While navigating a construction zone, the driver of a truck ran a red
light and collided with another vehicle. The crash sent the second vehicle
off the road, and a nearby construction worker was hit.
The worker was taken to UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, where
it was determined that he had suffered a broken leg.
Individuals such as this man who have been injured on the job may be entitled
to workers' compensation benefits. In this case, a broken leg will
almost certainly keep this man out of work and require medical treatment
and rehabilitation, all of which can amount to a huge expense for the
injured worker. And it goes without saying that the pain of a workplace
injury is enough in itself without financial worries. Workers' compensation
benefits help injured employees recover monetary compensation to help
cover those expenses.
After suffering a work injury, it is important to start the workers'
compensation process as quickly as possible. From the outset, the filing
may sound simple, but it can become complicated by employers or insurance
companies who seek to deny a claim. It is also important to investigate
the accident and have as much information as possible when employers and
insurance companies come with questions aimed at denying benefits.
Source: goerie.com, "Worker hurt in 2-car crash at Peach Street underpass," June 26, 2012