The construction industry can be incredibly dangerous. As a construction worker, you understand this firsthand. Recently, you sustained a small injury at work. At the time, you thought nothing of it, since it seemed to be minor and you didn’t experience much pain.

But your injury has had unintended consequences that are disproportionately large. You used to be able to make good money in the construction industry. But after your accident, you had to take on a new job—one that pays much less.

Even breaks or sprains can have major consequences

When most people think of workplace injuries, they think of major accidents that can physically maim someone or take a life. But some workplace injuries are very small. An injury that seems small can actually be catastrophic for the victim. No, a minor injury may not significantly impact your physical or mental health, but it can drastically affect your work.

The construction industry is a prime example. A sprained wrist or jammed finger may not affect employees who work in an office, but they can be career-ending for construction-industry professionals.

Taking action after an injury

It is important to report even minor workplace injuries. After an injury, your first step should be to report the accident to your employer and seek medical attention. Then, file a claim as soon as possible with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. But workers’ compensation will not cover the difference in your wages for the rest of your life. You may be facing a dramatically reduced income through no fault of your own.

It may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer or the third party that is responsible for your injury. This can help you receive compensation for lost wages and other damages like pain and suffering and medical bills. After sustaining a workplace injury that has harmed your career, you may be able to recoup your income and hold the liable party accountable.