BBQ Held to Help Carolina Man Get Back to Work

On Ronald Patterson’s 51st birthday, he’s just happy to be around.

Patterson was involved in a construction accident over 30 years ago. It nearly killed him and rendered his legs nearly useless.
“I was working down in South Carolina, and I had a piece of equipment that exploded,” said Patterson.

Immediately following the work accident, Patterson was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He spent about a month there. He’s spent a number of years in a wheelchair and then in a walker. Now, he’s thinking about heading back to work.

Our Chapel Hill workers’ compensation attorneys understand that work may be unavoidable after a catastrophic accident. Unfortunately, on-the-job accidents and injuries come at serious cost. Workers’ compensation might not always cover these costs — making working again a fact of life for those have been seriously and irreversibly injured.

To help with the costs of physical therapy and occupational therapy, the White Hill Presbyterian Church hosted a BBQ dinner. It was help on the 16th of March, and with just $8.00 a plate, offered a helping hand. He’s scheduled to complete therapy in Fayetteville and hopes to return to the job soon.

Not only does Patterson want to go back to construction, but he wants to resume his employment with the same company he was with when the accident happened. He says that he’s not mad at the company for the accident. He adds that they have been extremely helpful in the years since the accident. He even said they saved a spot for him for when he was ready to return.

Unfortunately, he’ll be walking into some of the same accident risks that injured him on the job 30 years ago. The truth of the matter is that the construction industry is the most dangerous industry in which to work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were close to 800 construction workers who were killed on the job in 2011.

The four most common causes of death of those in the construction industry are electrocution, calls, caught-in/between and struck by object accidents. These incidents are oftentimes referred to as the “Fatal Four” and were the cause of three out of every 5 fatalities in the construction industry in 2011.

“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy.” said the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis.

If you or a loved one has been injured at work, contact the Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Overexertion Leads to Work Injuries in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, February 26, 2013

North Carolina Workplace Violence a Serious Concern for All, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, February 23, 2013

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