INJURED ON THE JOB? CALL A NEW YORK CITY CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT ATTORNEY AT RAPHAELSON & LEVINE.
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% of all on-the-job fatalities and 1 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 OSHA, for every 100,000 workers, 15 die due to injury at 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 that year.
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.
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 the construction site.
If you feel you've been injured as a result of neglect by a contractor, developer, or some other on-site third-party vendor, please contact the New York construction accident law firm of Raphaelson & Levine for a free consultation. By calling the telephone number listed above, or by filling out the "Legal Assistance" form on our website, you can speak with an experienced Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten island, and Bronx construction accident attorney immediately.
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