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Worker's construction accident, a lesson for Arizona workers

An accident can change a life, especially in work that involves heavy equipment and machinery. When someone works in construction, being safe is one of the most important parts of the job. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and, when they do, they can impact health, future job prospects and even future mobility for Arizona workers. Construction accidents can impact the lives of people in any state, including Arizona, where construction projects continue on roads, buildings and bridges.

A Montana man was paralyzed after a strap broke holding a 10-foot tall steel I-beam. The large piece of metal fell on top of the 25-year-old's head and caused significant injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where he spent the next six months. The man had nine surgeries and was able to come home under the care of his parents. He is expected to continue rehabilitation, but the family has been hampered by a large amount of medical expenses.

A significant injury can take a long time for rehabilitation. In Arizona, it is important to know that a hurt worker is covered under workers' compensation for a work-related injury. A construction worker who is injured is entitled to financial help for hospital care, lost income and rehabilitation expenses. A simple machinery accident can lead to a long time in the hospital. With the high costs of a hospital visit, an important way to receive financial support is through workers' compensation.

The man who was injured received some of the best medical care available and may be able to walk someday. A strong medical and rehabilitation team is crucial for a significant injury in Arizona. If a company was negligent in safety precautions, a person who was hurt may be entitled to additional compensation to help pay for extra expenses.

Source: Missoulian, "25-year-old paralyzed, nearly killed in construction accident returns to Ronan to continue rehabilitation," Vince Devlin, March 30, 2014

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