Construction Accident Attorney Long Island
According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration, one out of five work-related deaths occurs in construction. Construction workers face high risks each time they don their hardhats, and electrocutions, falls, being struck by objects, and being caught in between objects are deemed “The Fatal Four.”
The United States Department of Labor and New York Labor Law has outlined safety standards to help protect workers above all other concerns, but construction work zones are teeming with the threat of danger due to working with large machinery, at very high heights, and in high-stress environments. If you’ve been injured or a family member has died because they’ve been working on a construction site, then they may be entitled to compensation. It’s important to contact a team of New York construction law professionals when considering litigation.
Common Construction Accidents
In the year 2018, there were more than 5,000 occupational-related deaths. There were over 1,000 deaths amongst construction workers that year. Often construction workers have to work long hours, for low wages, and under very high-stress circumstances. Here are a few of the most common construction site injuries:
- Machinery accidents: Cranes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery are equally as important to construction projects as the scalpel is to a surgeon. These humongous machines require training and focus to operate properly, and if someone is not attentive, or trained properly, it can lead to serious injuries.
- Falls: Working from high heights on ladders, scaffolding, and roofing is essential to constructing a building. Over 33 percent of construction deaths are the result of falls.
- Stress injuries: Construction work can be repetitive and could lead to injuries in the ankles, wrists, shoulders, and back. Some of these injuries could occur in soft tissue as well, which are harder to determine initially.
- Exposure and Fires: Deadly gas leaks leading to fires and explosions can happen in the blink of an eye on a construction site. Additionally, toxic gases can leak into the air in confined spaces and harm construction workers.
- Struck by accidents: Wearing protective gear will prevent some injuries, but due to the high volume of vehicles, tools, and machinery being used on any construction site, it’s possible to be injured as the result of being struck by a vehicle or a falling tool.
- Electrocutions: Electricity, new wiring, exposed wiring, and lightning are common occupational hazards in a construction area. Being exposed to high voltages of electricity can be deadly.
- Collapses: When a trench or a piece of a construction site collapses it may trap workers beneath and lead to injuries.
- Caught between: Limbs or an entire person can be stuck between objects leading to injuries or deaths.
Common Construction Site Injuries
Construction accidents can have a tremendous impact on your livelihood. Accidents may prove fatal but here are some common injury possibilities:
- Eye injuries including impaired vision or blindness.
- Broken bones
- Knee and ankle injury
- Neck, shoulder or back injury
- Spinal cord injuries that could cause paralyzation.
- Illnesses caused by overexposure to toxic chemicals.
- Head injuries and brain damage.
Compensation After Construction Site Accidents
If you’ve sustained an injury as of a result of working on a construction site, it’s essential to determine liability. It’s possible that you may be able to file a lawsuit in addition to receiving workers’ compensation. A personal injury lawsuit will allow victims to get compensation for their injuries and cover the following damages:
- Medical expenses and fees
- Wages lost because of missed time from work
- Pain and suffering
- Physical Therapy
- Long-term care
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of future income
If someone was killed because of a construction accident, then the family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party. Wrongful death suits help families receive just compensation due to the death of a family member.
When a worker is injured on the job they could be protected under the company’s workers’ compensation policy. Workers’ compensation normally covers lost wages and medical bills that come as a result of being involved in an accident.
Worker’s compensation operates under “no-fault” statutes, so the worker doesn’t need to prove the company was at fault, to get assistance. Workers only demonstrate that they were injured on the job. Your eligibility in workers’ compensation claims is dependent upon the severity of your injuries and your level of impairment.
It’s possible that other companies are liable in your case. Take into consideration if sub-contractors, property owners, and other general contractors are at fault. Third-parties may be liable for a construction injury in the following cases:
- A construction worker is injured while operating a motor vehicle designated for construction purposes. You may be able to file a suit against the other negligent party.
- You’re injured as of a result of using faulty equipment or machinery provided by a third party and therefore, entitled to damages. The manufacturer, retailer, or wholesale provider could be liable in this instance.
- Your construction group was working under a subcontractor, that was hired by a general contractor, and their heedlessness led to your accident and injuries.
Third-parties may not be liable in every construction work accident. However, the odds of you encountering a third-party, while on the job, are high due to the frequency of your interactions. It’s important to seek proper medical care, then speak with an attorney to determine your eligibility for a third-party lawsuit.
New York Labor Laws
Construction workers have rights under New York Labor Laws 200, 240, and 241. Section 200 states that contractors must do all they can to make workplaces reasonably safe. Section 240 specifies scaffolding regulations for scaffolding projects higher than 20 feet. Section 241 outlines specific details for construction, demolition, and excavation sites and the precautions that should be taken to protect workers. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, speak with a group of diverse and attentive construction accident lawyers in Long Island, NY who will work diligently to support you and assist you in seeking retribution, and reimbursement, through litigation.
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