Construction Workers at a Higher Risk for Accidents

Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP

Not long ago a Queens construction worker died  when he fell through a floor and struck his head on a steel girder.  The 42-year-old worker was rushed to the hospital but sadly died shortly afterward from his injuries.

According to the American Public Health Association, almost all construction workers will sustain injuries or become ill on the job at least once in their lifetimes.  Further, construction workers also face a greater risk of premature death than workers in other occupations.  And it’s easy to understand why, working on a construction site with constantly moving machinery, unstable structures, and several workers often in a constricted space can be a recipe for disaster.

Workers compensation can be woefully inadequate

While most construction workers who are hurt on the job are eligible for Workers Compensation, the benefits rarely provide enough money to cover the damages sustained.  And many workers don’t know that there are specific time limits on how long a worker can collect benefits.  Workers may also be unaware of the fact that the construction company and/or its subcontractors may be liable for some of the damages.

Typically construction site accidents can be the result of:

  • Falls from ladders or scaffolding
  • Injuries due to poorly maintained or defective equipment
  • Unsafe operation heavy equipment
  • Use of defective machinery
  • Falling objects

And these accidents can result in serious injuries including:

  • Injured or lost limbs
  • Disfigurement
  • Burns
  • Blindness
  • Death
  • Brain and head injuries

 Seek legal advice from a NY personal injury attorney immediately

If you have been injured in a NY construction accident it is vital that you seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney.  An attorney can help obtain compensation for your injuries and losses and ensure you get the help you need.  To learn about the legal options available to you, contact us online  or call (631)451-7900 to arrange a free consultation today.