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Worker, firefighter injured in construction site accident

Workers in the construction industry have some of the most dangerous jobs in Connecticut. Accidents can happen at any kind of workplace, but at construction sites, where workers use heavy equipment and materials, the potential for serious injury is especially high.

A worker was seriously injured in a construction accident recently at the site of a building under construction at a university in a neighboring state. At the time of this writing, there were conflicting reports about exactly what had caused the man's injuries. One report said a steel beam gave way, falling to the floor below. Another report said that the man had fallen 30 feet from the frame of the building. A witness shot video of the injured man being lowered to the ground by a crane.

Adding to the confusion and chaos, a firefighter who arrived on the scene after the accident was also injured. Police said the firefighter suffered a seizure at the construction site and fell, causing his injury.

Generally, when Connecticut workers are injured, they can be compensated for medical expenses and lost wages through applying for workers' compensation benefits. Usually, a worker who takes workers' compensation benefits may not also sue the employer over the same injury. However, injured workers generally can sue third parties who are responsible for the injury. Large construction sites may have workers from several different contractors, all working together. In some cases, more than one party may be responsible for an accident, and there may be occasion for both workers' compensation benefits and a lawsuit.

There are many things to consider when seeking compensation for a construction accident. Construction workers who are injured in Connecticut should get help understanding the applicable laws and their legal options.

Source: CBS Philly, "1 Injured In Construction Accident On Campus Of Temple University," Steve Beck, Ian Bush, Kelly Hessedal, July 11, 2013

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