Working in the construction industry can be incredibly dangerous. Workers use heavy machinery that can crush them, they often perform their job duties at heights that can result in a devastating fall and many times they find themselves near moving traffic that can clip them and leave them seriously injured. While state and federal regulations seek to increase workplace safety and decrease the risks posed to construction workers, the truth of the matter is that these types of construction accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate.
Just look at one recent workplace accident on Long Island. There, a 39-year-old construction worker had his legs severed off below the knee after a steel plate pushed him into a hole and then landed on top of him. Police arrived on the scene and worked to stem the bleeding. The victim was taken to the hospital where he was in stable condition at the time of reporting.
Reports indicated that the man was part of a crew that was installing a gas main under the street. While the exact cause of this accident remains under investigation, there’s no denying that this man is lucky to have escaped with his life. However, he likely has a long and arduous recovery ahead of him. After losing both of his legs he will have to relearn how to accomplish daily tasks that once came naturally to him. This can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. Making matters worse, he will have to find a way to pay for the medical expenses and rehabilitation costs he will be hit with, all at a time when he is unable to work.
Incidents like these are more common than many New Yorkers realize. Although only time can allow victims to heal and find a new normal post-accident, workers’ compensation benefits and third-party claims can help alleviate the financial burdens thrust upon these individuals in the aftermath of a construction accident. Legal professionals who are familiar with this area of the law may be beneficial in the search for this compensation, as they are not guaranteed.