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Common medical problems suffered by construction workers

The average New Jersey construction site is fraught with potentially fatal dangers. For example, if you're not paying close enough attention, you could fall off a high-story construction project and suffer life-threatening or debilitating injuries. Alternatively, you might make a mistake while using a massive piece of machinery.

New Jersey workers who get hurt on the job are usually protected by the state's workers' compensation system. In other words, regardless whose fault your injury was, you can file a claim to get money to pay for all your medical care associated with your work injury. You can even apply to get money to pay for lost income due to not being able to work while you're healing.

Did you suffer a workplace injury? Here are some of the most common types of construction accident injuries that workers might suffer from. Maybe one of these happened to you:

-- Amputation of a limb or digit

-- Broken or fractured bones

-- Burn injuries

-- Lacerations and cuts

-- Eye-related injuries and blindings

-- Knee, ankle, neck, back and shoulder injuries

-- Loss of hearing

-- Paralysis after a serious fall

-- Post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing the traumatic injury or death of a co-worker

-- Toxic exposure

-- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from falling objects or falling yourself

Injured workers should seek medical care for their injuries as soon as possible. They may then want to file a workers' compensation claim to pay for that medical care. A New Jersey workers' compensation lawyer can be very helpful when filing a claim for compensation because he or she can assist you in seeking the maximum amount of financial benefits available.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Construction Injury Types," accessed June 09, 2017

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