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Construction injuries and having to miss work

What types of benefits and compensation a construction worker may be able to pursue in relation to an injury they suffered at their work site depends on a range of things. One is what impacts the injury has on them.

Attorneys can help hurt construction workers with gathering evidence regarding the impacts of their injury and evidence regarding other important aspects of the injury and the accident in which it occurred. Lawyers can also provide explanations to such construction workers regarding what the evidence that is present regarding their injury means for what sorts of compensation and benefits they can pursue.

One of the impacts an injury suffered at work can have for a construction worker is that it can make it so they have to take days away from work. Federal data indicates that construction workers actually have a much higher likelihood than the average American worker of suffering a workplace injury/illness that leads to taking time away from work. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, in 2014, the incidence rate for injuries/illnesses that lead to days away from work was 309.7 such injuries/illnesses per every 10,000 full-time employees for construction laborers, whereas the incidence rate for all U.S. workers was only 107.1 such injuries/illnesses per every 10,000 full-time employees.

According to federal data, the type of injury/illness that was responsible for the most days-missed-from-work incidents in 2014 for construction laborers are sprains, strains and tears. Other types of injuries/illnesses responsible for a fair number of missed-work incidents for construction laborers in 2014 include: soreness and pain, fractures and cuts and lacerations.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Table 13. Incidence rates for nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work per 10,000 full-time workers by selected worker occupation and nature of injury or illness, all ownerships, 2014," Accessed Nov. 23, 2015

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