Construction sites can be dangerous places for workers, particularly when employers ignore or cut corners on safety. And while progress has been made to improve safety standards on job sites, the truth is that no matter how stringent standards are regarding workplace safety, construction workers are at risk every day while on the job.
In fact, 20 percent of all on-the-job fatalities and one in 10 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. happened to construction workers in 2010. Construction ranks third for all injury-caused deaths, following closely behind mining and agriculture. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for every 100,000 workers, 15 die due to injury in the workplace.
Falls from heights, defective/inadequate equipment, forklift injuries, exposed power lines, mobile construction accidents and toxic materials like solvents are just some of the many hazards that contributed to the more than 1,500 deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries to construction workers in 2010.
Even a simple sprain or broken bone can put an employee out of work for months, even years, while the injury heals. And workers' compensation benefits are often not adequate for families to live on, let alone cover the mounting medical expenses they often incur.
Types Of Construction Accidents
Types of construction- related accidents we often represent at Raphaelson & Levine include carpenter/iron worker accidents, construction elevator accidents, hand injuries, crane accidents, cutting/electric saw accidents, electrical accidents, faulty safety equipment, foot/ankle fractures, forklift accidents, hit by falling objects, ladder accidents, nail gun accidents, repetitive strain injuries, scaffolding accidents, steamfitter accidents and weather-related accidents.
Stop Work Authority
Can you, as a construction employee, prevent physical harm to yourself and your co-workers? New York law firms have been taking on case after case of construction injury and death due to lack of safety precautions — and these injuries are far too common and frequent. There is something you can do, and it is officially referred to as "Stop Work Authority." Read a brief explanation.
Hiring An Attorney Might Be Your Only Option
In times of crisis like these, the only recourse a worker or a family member might have to get the compensation he or she deserves is to hire a top New York construction accident attorney. While it is also true that laws in New York state prohibit employees from suing their employers for on-the-job accidents, contractors, architects, manufacturers and property owners may be held liable for injuries or wrongful deaths that take place at a construction site.
If you work on a construction site and have experienced a work-related personal injury, you may be asking yourself, "Is it necessary to contact a lawyer? Or should I just try to recover and return to work?" As much as you may want to "play the tough guy," so to speak, you may be eligible for multiple types of compensation under workers' compensation and personal injury laws.
Contact An Attorney Right Away
The time to contact an attorney is as soon as possible after you are injured. An attorney can help you with the preliminary steps of being evaluated for your injuries and compensated properly. Not only may you be eligible for workers' compensation, but you may also be able to file suit to recoup medical expenses and other damages.
Do I Have A Case?
Even if you are unsure whether you have a real case, you should get a basic consultation from a law firm. An attorney can help you determine if you indeed can file a lawsuit. Attorneys' understanding of personal injury and labor law — and how the laws apply to unions — makes them ideally equipped to help you determine what your legal recourse may be.
Getting Better Settlements
The best way to get a better settlement is to enlist help from an attorney. You may receive compensation not only for your medical bills and loss of work, but also for emotional and psychological damage that occurred as a result of the accident. A qualified attorney who has experience with construction accidents is the best means to ensure a favorable outcome of your case.
Contact Our Law Firm
After experiencing an injury on the job at a construction site, your legal rights are undoubtedly crossing your mind. Hiring an attorney is a good first step. A lawyer who specializes in accidents on construction sites will help you gain knowledge about your rights, the regulations and laws that apply to your situation, and what potential courses of action you can take. To schedule a free consultation with our firm, call 212-268-3222 or 800-529-7967 or contact us online.