When working on an oilfield or a construction site, one of the risks workers
face is a structural collapse.
Drilling rigs can collapse. Scaffolding and equipment can break down, with
workers standing on or under the parts. On construction sites, walls,
roofs, or ceilings can fall, sending heavy materials such as large beams
crashing down. (One
recent example, which resulted in two workers getting taken to a Bozeman hospital, involved
a roof collapsing at a construction site for a building, apparently after
a strong wind slammed into it.)
Coping in the aftermath
The type of
construction injury a worker will suffer from a structural collapse is unpredictable. The
possibilities include traumatic brain injuries, and injuries to the spine,
internal organs, and limbs. Even injuries that aren't life-threatening,
such as a broken leg, can lead to surgeries, hospitalization, medical
outpatient services, physical rehabilitation, and weeks or months of lost
wages, not to mention future complications. People may survive an initial
injury and find themselves dealing with lifelong conditions such as paralysis
or loss of limbs.
In the aftermath of any such injury, it's important to
contact a reputable attorney. Your attorney will carefully review the causes of
the accident and help you determine who is responsible. For example, did
the work site meet safety regulations? Were shoddy equipment and materials used?
An attorney will also work with you to explore options for compensation,
helping you cope with both the short-term and long-term costs in the aftermath.
What kinds of insurance can you rely on for any particular accident? How
can you determine the costs of your injuries? You don't have to struggle
with these questions alone.