Construction workers perform important jobs that are essential to growth and infrastructure maintenance in New York. While construction sites are inherently dangerous due to the nature of the job, these conditions are often exacerbated by negligent employers or third parties. Workers’ compensation is a great foundation for providing necessary care and compensation for work injuries, but in some cases, victims need more.
Accidents on construction sites can vary widely. Some injuries arise from large, devastating accidents, while others are related to more seemingly mundane work activities. Depending on your situation, a contractor, site owner or building owner might be considered strictly liable for work-related injuries. Some of these may include:
- Loose or falling debris
- Accidents with ladders and scaffolding
- Preventable falls
- Machinery accidents
These accidents may occur in a wide array of settings. While some construction sites are large and sprawling, encompassing significant areas of land and multiple buildings, others are quite small. A construction task assigned inside of an existing building — such as installing a light fixture in a function retail store — can still be just as dangerous as one in a larger site.
Work injuries can derail a person’s life in a matter of seconds. New York workers usually require time away from work to recover, during which they usually accumulate significant medical bills while missing out on necessary paychecks. Seeking compensation through the workers’ comp insurance system and/or a negligent third-party can be the best option for injured workers. For most victims, this is best done under the guidance of an experienced counsel who understands the intricacies and nuances of New York law.