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Construction worker death highlights dangers at workplace

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2017 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Injuries

We all know that construction work can be dangerous. Unlike many other forms of work, construction work zones are often fluid and situations often change and evolve by the week, day or even hour. Workers are often working in construction sites with many unreliable variables, including large equipment and materials that are moving at different places and times. This is why construction accidents are common throughout the United States, including in Texas, where a construction worker is killed on average one every three days.

In fact, Texas leads the United States in construction-related fatalities. Such was the case recently when a worker from Austin, Texas, was killed after being crushed by a large concrete slab, weighing between 15-20 tons. Thankfully, not all workplace construction accidents are deadly, but serious construction injuries are also quite common.

Construction accidents can lead to spine, back, neck and brain injuries, all of which could lead to significant time out of work or even permanent injuries. Social Security Disability can help Americans who are out of work due to serious or catastrophic injuries. Although SSD benefits are not designed to fully cover a person’s medical or rehabilitation costs, they can provide some financial relief while you are out of work.

If you have been injured in a work-related injury, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for injuries. In order to see whether your condition qualifies and to learn how to proceed, you may want to get more information about Social Security Disability and the application process.

Source: Downtown Austin Patch, “Austin Worker’s Death Emblematic Of Dangerous Construction Industry In Texas,” Tony Cantu, Aug. 13, 2017