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Overexertion and the Risk of Construction Accidents

By Matthew Golitko on August 26, 2016

Man lying in hospital bedEvery year, thousands of people are injured while on the job. Some of the most common types of work injuries are those stemming from construction accidents. Construction accidents can cause severe injuries that result in substantial financial losses. One of the leading causes of construction work accidents is overexertion. We have represented many construction workers who have suffered injuries as a result of overexertion, a condition that, with proper precaution, can be avoided. Those who have experienced a construction accident involving overexertion should contact our Indianapolis, IN practice for a case evaluation.

Recognizing the Signs of Overexertion

Overexertion is one of the leading causes of work injuries, particularly when it comes to construction accidents. According to statistics, roughly 23 percent of construction accidents are directly related to overexertion. In simple terms, overexertion is the result of pushing the body past its limits. Overexertion is often caused by repetitive motions (such as bending, lifting, and carrying), and can also be the result of dehydration or heat exhaustion. The best way to avoid construction accidents caused by overexertion is to take scheduled breaks, stay properly hydrated, and use proper lifting techniques. It is also important to recognize the signs of overexertion so that, should exhaustion occur, it can be reported to a supervisor and necessary measures can be taken. Below are some common signs of overexertion:

  • Severe sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Excessive thirst
  • A tightening, soreness, or burning feeling in the muscles
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain

Dangers of Overexertion

Overexertion is bad for the body in general. It places stress on joints and muscles and can cause weakness, pain, and inflammation. However, overexertion is especially dangerous on a construction site. Workers suffering from overexertion are more likely to trip, slip, or fall, and are more prone to make small mistakes that can lead to other accidents, such as equipment accidents. All of these can result in serious injuries and costly damages.

Seeking Compensation

If overexertion leads to a construction accident, injury victims should be protected by worker’s compensation. Unfortunately, worker’s comp insurance providers are often quick to offer a minimal settlement, and construction companies are usually eager to minimize evidence that may point liability in their direction. Therefore, the best way to ensure that someone is looking out for your best interest following a construction site accident is to work with an experienced attorney such as those at Golitko & Daly. Our attorneys work quickly to collect necessary evidence, including evaluations of the construction site and collection of witness statements. We will work to collect maximum compensation for all damages suffered as a result of construction accidents caused by overexertion.

Schedule a Case Evaluation

If you’ve been involved in a work accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Our attorneys at Golitko & Daly have handled many construction accident cases and are ready to work to ensure that your rights are protected. Schedule a case evaluation at your earliest convenience to find out how we can help you collect maximum compensation for damages suffered.

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