Both 2015 and 2016 saw a large number of accidents and fatalities by construction workers in New York. In 2016 and 2015, there were at least 12 fatal accidents each year involving construction workers. There were also over four hundred construction site injuries in 2015, and nearly 600 in 2016.
While state and New York City lawmakers are working to increase safety regulations and reduce accidents, workers are still suffering injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction site accident, speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney is your best option.
There are many kinds of construction accidents
In 2016, the most common cause of a construction work site death was a worker falling. The second most common was accidents involving construction machinery, materials falling on a work site, and scaffolding issues. The biggest category of accident causing injury in 2016 was "other construction-related" accidents. This category covers a wide range of accidents. Many injured workers experienced injuries due to falls, falling materials, scaffolding, and construction equipment.
While there are safety standards in place to lessen the risk of falls, machinery injuries, or falling materials, accidents continue to happen on a regular basis. This puts construction workers at serious risk of injury or death. That risk increases when their employer takes short cuts or otherwise tries to speed up work by ignoring safety regulations. Particularly if your employer has a history of work site safety violations, they could be liable for your injuries, lost wages, and medical expenses.
Construction accidents can be financially devastating
When you are hurt on a construction site, financial issues are almost sure to arise. While you are recovering from your injuries, you won't be collecting a paycheck. This can mean that your family loses its primary source of income. Additionally, medical treatment can be expensive. From setting bones to rehabilitation and physical therapy, the costs associated with a construction site injury can rapidly mount, leaving you in debt.
Even if the expenses are mostly covered by workers' compensation, payment can often take time. That can mean you are responsible for those bills until your claim's approval. Without your primary source of income, you may be unable to pay, which could damage your credit. Partnering with an experienced personal injury and workers' compensation attorney can help you during your recovery.
How an attorney helps after a construction injury
Attorneys who understand the process of filing a workers' compensation claim can help prevent a denied claim. They can also negotiate with insurers on your behalf to ensure you receive a better, more reasonable settlement. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, your employer may have broken laws. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine if your employer may be liable due to a violation of safety practices. Don't risk your financial future. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your work injury to protect yourself and your family.