New York is currently seeing a construction boom. Last year alone the city saw more than 168,000 construction permits issued, with more than 45,000 construction workers carrying out their duties across the city. While this may be good news for the city’s economy and those who profit from a building boom, it may pose a great risk to those who work in this industry. This is because federal statistics show that construction work is the most dangerous job in New York. In fact, those statistics indicate that more than one-third of all work-related deaths in New York City are attributable to construction workers.
Sadly, the city has seen a slew of construction accidents that have left innocent and unsuspecting workers either seriously injured or killed. As a result, deaths related to construction accidents have doubled so far this year when compared to 2017, and injuries have climbed by 17 percent. This latter number equates to 469 construction workers being injured on the job.
The causes of these accidents can vary greatly. Scaffolding has fallen on workers, workers have fallen from great heights, machinery accidents have occurred and even electrocution has taken place, all leaving workers injured or killed. While some of these accidents are the result of employers failing to provide their employees with the right equipment, tools and/or training, sometimes accidents simply happen with devastating consequences.
Regardless of how a workplace injury is suffered, so long as the injury presented after the workplace accident and the worker was carrying out his or her job duties while avoiding horseplay, workers’ compensation benefits may be recoverable. This money, if obtained, can provide significant financial support until an injured worker can get back on his or her feet and return to work. In the event that negligence contributed to the injurious or fatal incident and workers’ compensation doesn’t cover the full extent of harm suffered, then a third-party personal injury claim may also be justified. If you’ve been injured in one of these types of incidents, then please consider discussing your situation with a qualified legal professional who can help you develop a course of action that will further your interests.