Legal Representation for Ohio’s Injured Workers
Everyday, workers on Ohio’s construction sites must handle dangerous tools and equipment while working under very hazardous conditions, including working at great heights, alongside busy roads and highways, and outside in volatile climates.
When site owners and general construction sites fail to adequately prepare a work site for every safety contingency, injuries and fatal deaths are often the grim result. Large and small road improvements and building projects are underway in many parts of northwest Ohio, especially in larger cities like Toledo, Swanton and Bowling Green and Findlay. The number, rate and severity of construction site accidents are also on the rise.
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With the many risks involved in construction work it’s not surprising that this type of work accounts for a larger percentage of workers compensation claims than any other profession. But in many of these cases, Ohio’s workers' compensation laws simply don’t provide ample compensation to cover the full needs of severely injured construction workers. While Ohio workers compensation does provide a short-term stream of income to the injured worker, many workers compensation laws have fixed time limits and compensation levels for specific injuries.
For instance, a long-term leg disability may get you $75,000, given to you on a weekly basis over five years. While it’s better than nothing, workers comp doesn’t provide compensation for the extenuating circumstances that often accompany severe injury – such as pain and suffering and the loss of quality of life. Accepting workers compensation often prevents an employee from suing responsible parties for other circumstances surrounding the injury.
In a profession where the potential for severe and violent accidents is everywhere, some of the most catastrophic forms of injury and death occur as a result of:
- Falls from roofs
- Crane and heavy equipment accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Structural cave-ins
- Fires and explosions
- Compressed and natural gas explosions from underground pipes and cables
- Welding accidents
The resulting injuries can include:
- Third degree burns
- Paralysis from spinal cord injuries
- De-gloving injuries
- Brain injuries
- Severe fractures
Because construction workers often perform demolition work on older buildings, they are also the most common victims of toxic exposure to dangerous substances, such as asbestos. These types of life-lasting injuries and illnesses aren’t adequately covered by workers compensation, and a worker has a right to investigate an accident in an effort to understand every cause of his or her injury.
Chuck Boyk has a solid record of helping construction workers investigate the circumstances of their injuries, and helping them obtain what they truly deserve.
In Ohio, as in most states, it’s next to impossible to sue your boss.
Therefore, in order to receive compensation for injuries beyond what workers compensation affords an injured worker, negligence must be found in a third-party – which is usually either the owner of the premises where the injury occurred, or the manufacturer of construction equipment that contributed to the injury. A knowledgeable attorney can uncover federal and state regulations governing the safety of construction sites, and the responsibilities incumbent on property owners and contractors to provide an environment designed to prevent injury, not enable it.
Were you injured on a Ohio construction site?
Chuck Boyk can build your case against owners, general contractors and subcontractors that may allow for legal action and a more reasonable amount of compensation for an injury. Beginning his work with a full inspection of the worksite, identification of critical witnesses and preservation of importance evidence, Chuck Boyk is there for injured construction workers throughout every step of the legal process, up to and including trial in a court of law. Simply call 419-241-1395, Live Chat on our site, or email us at email@example.com.