Construction and workplace injuries require the expert guidance of an attorney who has extensive experience in this area of the law. While most construction and workplace accidents are covered by New York’s workers’ compensation laws, some are not covered. As such, it is essential to recruit a construction injury attorney who is well-versed in construction and workplace injury law. If you have been injured while on the job, you will not want to leave any compensation you are eligible for on the table. A skilled attorney can help you receive everything you are entitled to collect.
Construction accidents are too common across the United States and New York. About 20 percent of worker fatalities in private industries in 2019 were in the construction industry according to Occupational Health and Safety Industry (OSHA) data. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) reports that the construction industry continues to be very dangerous for construction workers. Construction deaths in 2019 accounted for 26 percent of deaths all worker deaths in New York City.
Non-union jobs appear to be especially dangerous for workers. In the state of New York, 78 percent of workers who died on private worksites were non-union. Additional data from investigations show that the sites of construction fatalities in 2019 in New York were always found to have OSHA violations.
The four most common injuries in construction and workplace accidents include: falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in machinery. Other injuries are caused by falling objects and debris, fires and explosions, exposure to toxic chemicals, and forklift accidents. These injuries can be devastating and may cause death or life-long injuries.
Many unsafe construction practices lead to construction accidents. One of the factors that affects the outcome of a construction accident is the availability and use of protective equipment. Not wearing personal protection equipment can result in serious injuries. At a minimum, construction workers should be wearing a hard hat and safety goggles while on the work site. Additional safety equipment depends on the work involved and may include chemical splash goggles, respiratory protection, fall protection equipment for those working on scaffolding above six feet, steel-toed shoes, protective gloves, and hearing protection. If you suffer injuries due to the lack of hearing protection or a fall from scaffolding that had no guard rails, you may be entitled to compensation.
When someone is injured on a construction site, they may think that their only recourse is workers’ compensation. However, a third-party may be responsible for their injuries. For example, if a construction worker was injured when a trench collapsed, the trenching contractor may be liable for their injuries.
An experienced construction law specialist can focus on finding the cause of a construction accident to identify the responsible party and hold them accountable for your injuries. Sometimes, the root cause of a construction site accident is an equipment failure, sometimes the accident is the result of someone’s negligence.
Proving the cause of a construction accident in New York can affect the types of compensation available to you for your injuries and pain and suffering. You may not be able to sue your employer for a construction accident. Because workers’ compensation will provide benefits. When there is an issue with a third-party such as property owners, contractors, or sub-contractors, there may be liable for damages.
The Law Office of Sharon L. Silver in Islandia, NY, a highly respected construction accident law firm, can investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, identify the root cause, and prepare a plan of action to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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