Structural failures may quickly result in devastating building collapses leading to injury or death. Injuries resulting from building collapses may include head injuries, internal organ damage, broken bones and spinal cord injuries. Recent reports indicate that two construction workers were injured in a building collapse in North Carolina.
Events leading up to the construction worksite accident
The recent construction accident happened on a Thursday evening. Authorities reported that a bank collapsed when construction workers were working on it. Two workers were trapped in the debris.
Crews from a sheriff’s office, two fire departments, county emergency medical service teams and a water department responded to the accident. They freed one of the two workers after 30 minutes. The second construction worker was freed two hours later. Both workers were transported to a medical center with injuries.
How a workers’ compensation attorney may help
When construction workers suffer on-the-job injuries in workplace accidents, they may benefit from filing workers’ compensation claims. A workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina can help an injured worker complete the filing process. This includes ensuring that all necessary paperwork is completed and filed as quickly as possible, as well as gathering evidence supporting the claim, including doctors’ assessments, medical bills and witness testimonies. Attorneys may also help injured workers file appeals if their employers oppose their applications. An attorney will strive to ensure that his or her client receives the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled following his or her workplace injury.