While the various skilled trades are a critical part of every construction job, so, too, are laborers. Many aspects of construction work cannot be accomplished without laborers. Laborers are present in every area of a job site. This exposes them to the possibility of risk from all of the factors every type of skilled worker is exposed to, including:
At Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, we are committed to creating highly effective cases for injured laborers throughout New York City and the five boroughs. We know the risks that they face every day on their worksites, and we want to ensure that they have the full compensation they deserve after accidents have left them injured.
Our firm offers its full support to our injured laborer clients. We know that it can be difficult to move forward after a serious on-the-job injury, and we want to do everything we can to help you secure all of the compensation you need. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients over the years, and we can use that skill and experience to help you.
Laborers who have been injured on the job can pursue workers’ compensation benefits generally. Worker’s compensation alone is often never enough for a family to live on, particularly with the mounting medical expenses they often incur due to the accident or death of a worker. In many cases, workers’ compensation benefits can still leave an injured worker and his or her family suffering from a degree of financial need and uncertainty that is difficult to live under.
If the injury was caused by some other party on the job site such as a contractor or subcontractor, an injured worker can pursue additional compensation beyond the benefits he or she is entitled to from workers’ compensation. These are referred to as third-party claims. Third-party claims can provide an additional level of compensation that can help an injured worker better navigate the challenges he or she is facing as a result of his or her injury.
New York’s labor laws provide important protection that is required for those who work from elevated heights. Furthermore, these labor laws mandate that the industrial code is strictly enforced and followed to best ensure the safety of workers.
New York State labor laws recognize the rights of those who build, repair, restore, and modernize the buildings, roads, homes, schools, trains, utilities, escalators, elevators, and the general infrastructure of our city. Equally important are the strict laws that exist to protect worker safety on these job sites.
The undeniable fact still remains that injuries on construction sites kill more workers than any other type of job, second and third only to mining and agriculture. According to OSHA, 20 percent of all job-related fatalities and 1 in 10 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. happened to construction workers in 2010. The biggest culprit? Falls from heights. But, tragically, forklift injuries, toxic materials like solvents, defective or inadequate equipment and exposed power lines constitute the vast majority of hazards that contributed to the more than 1,500 deaths, and nearly 400,000 injuries to construction workers that year.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident while working as a laborer, our attorneys can help you pursue all appropriate compensation. We represent construction workers and other workers in related trades throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockford County. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 212-268-3222.