If you have been hurt working, you are not alone. After all, thousands of Americans suffer work-related injuries every year. Those who work in the construction industry are much more likely to suffer injuries because of the nature of the work and the equipment that is used.
If you have been hurt while using a paver machine, you should be able to get workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation insurance is offered by most employers and includes medical benefits and takes care of a portion of the employee's lost wages while he or she is unable to work.
What is a Paver Machine?
A paver machine (also known as an asphalt finisher) is a piece of construction equipment that is used to lay asphalt for roads, bridges, and parking lots. It lays the hot asphalt flat and then compresses it before the roller then goes over it.
The vehicle has a hopper where material is transferred for the paving process. A conveyor transports the asphalt from the hopper to the auger where it is then placed in a stockpile form in front of the screed where it is then spread over the road's width and initially compacted.
Due to the design and nature of the machinery and the temperature of the asphalt, working with a paver is a dangerous task and can lead to serious injuries.
Injuries Sustained When Working With a Paver Machine
There are several different injuries that can result from working with or around a paver. People can even be killed as well. Workers should undergo extensive training regarding the use of a paver and what to do when working with one or around one.
Many people have been killed by the hot asphalt when it has spilled onto them or they have fallen in it. Here are some injuries that might result from a paver:
- Crushed bones
- Broken bones
- Vision loss
- Internal injuries
Any of these injuries are very serious and can lead to extensive pain and suffering. There could be extensive time off from work required during the recovery process. The medical bills can add up quickly, and if a stay at a burn center is necessary, it would not be uncommon to see medical bills that exceed $100,000.
Skin grafts and surgical procedures might even be required. Physical rehabilitation and months away from work might also be required. Workers' compensation benefits can help during this time.
Consult With a Workers' Compensation Attorney
If an injury while working with a paver has left you unable to work and facing mounting medical expenses, you should consult with a workers' compensation attorney. Your attorney can handle the entire process. Workers' compensation can cover your medical expenses and help you get a portion of your regular paycheck while you are unable to work.
With the help of a workers' compensation attorney, you might be able to have any needed vocational retraining paid for so you can get back in the workforce as quickly as possible. Schedule your free case evaluation today.