Wichita Falls Fire Department responded to the emergency on the morning of Tuesday, October 15th at the ongoing construction taking place at the bill Bartley Brand of the YMCA.
It has been reported that the scissor lift that the worker was on toppled over and caused the man to fall from a height of 30 to 40 feet. When emergency units arrived on the scene, they managed to stabilize the victim, splinter his lower extremities, and then proceeded to transport him to United Regional Hospital.
The incident is believed to have been an accident but is currently being investigated nonetheless. This being a workplace injury on a construction site, it is likely that OSHA will conduct their own investigation to determine the cause.
A contributor to Legal Herald and experienced attorney, Marc Lenahan offered to share the following valuable insight for construction workers who suffer grave injuries while on-the-job:
"It is important for all persons employed in the United States to understand that, for the most part, they are protected by the system of worker's compensation if they happen to suffer an injury while on-the-clock.
This fact is as true for an office worker as it is for a construction worker that is, both have the right to file a claim and possibly receive a financial compensation.
The difference is that the nature of the injuries of someone in the construction industry will be much more extreme than most other employees. This is because construction employees are constantly in contact with heavy machinery, powerful tools, and often working at heights.
This also means that injured construction workers are likely to lose the ability to return to work, if only temporarily. A worker's comp claim can help cover these lost wages, along with any medical bills or treatment that resulted from the injury.
Unfortunately, the worker's compensation system can be tough to navigate. This is where the help of an experienced construction accident can prove vital, as they know how to fight for a client's rights and can be crucial in achieving a full compensation for victims."
Contact a construction accident attorney today to learn about the legal options available to you.