An employer should always provide its workers with the safest worksite possible. When workers’ health and safety are compromised because of their employer’s negligence, especially in industries such as construction, the results are often devastating, including permanent and life-altering injury, loss of income, unaffordable hospital bills and even death.
Tragically, a recent construction accident in Raleigh, North Carolina involving the collapse of a pedestrian bridge left four workers hurt and one dead. According to WRAL-TV, the incident took place at Wake Technical Community College, where the workers were building a 200-foot pedestrian bridge.
Authorities were still trying to determine what caused the bridge to collapse at the time of this report. The section of the bridge that collapsed reportedly fell 40 feet and resulted in the hospitalization of four workers and the death of a fifth worker.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer If I’m Hurt at Work?
Even if you do not think you need a lawyer following a workplace accident, you should still talk with an attorney if you are hurt at work. Many qualified and experienced workers’ compensation lawyers will meet with you for free to discuss your situation and explain to you your rights and options following your on-the-job injury, including whether or not you:
- Can seek a second opinion if you don’t feel you’re getting the medical treatment you need
- Are eligible for a higher average weekly wage
- Are owed a higher recovery amount