In Newark and throughout the country, people who work in high-risk industries such as construction are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries. Even in the safest work environment, accidents can occur, and that may be especially the case after recent weather events.

Hurricane Sandy left a great deal of destruction in its path, with an estimated $50 billion in damage. New Jersey and New York have already started the process of rebuilding roads, bridges, buildings and houses, and it’s expected that the necessary hiring of construction workers could help the U.S. economy.

However, the growth in the construction industry is bound to carry with it more construction accidents. Companies and contractors are still obliged to keep the workplace safe from unnecessary hazards that could cause injuries and fatalities, particularly in areas of devastation where conditions may be unfamiliar and challenging from a safety standpoint.

It is in these instances that workers’ compensation can become critical for the injured person. While a worker who is injured on the job may have insurance, insurance payments are not always enough to cover all the expenses for medical treatment, therapy and rehabilitation.

It is important for injured employees to remember that a workers’ compensation claim must be filed within a specified time period. On the other hand, the employer, or in some cases, a third-party contractor can be held liable for compensating an injured worker.

If New Jersey residents are injured in the midst of the hurricane cleanup, the first step is to report the situation to the employer. If a claim is denied, a workers’ compensation attorney may be able to offer assistance in obtaining those much-needed benefits.

Source: Huffington Post, “Hurricane Sandy Construction Hiring Could Aid U.S. Economy, Experts Say,” Alex Veiga, Nov. 4, 2012