What to expect from your lawyer if you became paralyzed

Nowadays, most work environments can be classified under two categories: those that pose minor risks such as corporate offices, and those that pose major risks such as construction sites. Although the federal government requires that employers make sure that their workplace is the safest possible for workers, not much can be done against the unexpected. Construction workers are exposed to a variety of construction accidents such as paralysis. This article discusses how workers’ compensation law can help you get the best settlement possible.

Construction accidents

Construction companies are very strict when it comes to enforcing federal safety rules. For instance, any person working on a site, regardless of their functions, is required to wear a hard-hat and a yellow construction vest. But there's very little that these two items can do in preventing falls from scaffolds or objects from hitting workers. The violence of the accident often determines whether the worker gets paralyzed or killed instantly.

Compensation package

In most cases, work comp packages are calculated based on the ability of the injured worker to recover, and resume a professional activity. But in the event of paralysis, such a calculation is very difficult to perform. Because paralysis leaves the employee permanently disabled, they are generally entitled to lifetime compensation packages. The determination of the compensation amount depends on several variables such as:

  • Medical costs
  • Lifetime care costs
  • Federal minimum wage
  • Salary's hourly rate
  • The size of the worker's family

In workers’ compensation cases, it's very important to be represented by an attorney, such as Odegaard Miller Law, who understands your situation and has deep knowledge of your rights and related state laws.

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