Common Construction Site Injuries and What to Do Next

By: Shulman & Hill

As the construction industry continues to expand in New York, more individuals are getting jobs as construction workers. These can be excellent jobs, but with the various dangers that can occur on a job site, you take on significant risk even when the employer practices proper safety procedures.

This is particularly true for construction laborers and electricians.

Common Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the three incidents that caused the most fatalities on construction sites in New York throughout 2017 were:

  • Falling
  • Slipping
  • Tripping

Other hazards to be aware of include falling objects, dangers when working in and around large equipment, potentials for fire, and your own physical overexertion. Of the 21 construction-related fatality investigations conducted by OSHA in Brooklyn from 2017 to 2018, there was a citation issued for over half of these, meaning the job sites were not up to the safety standards set by OSHA. Construction is one of the deadliest jobs in New York City and Brooklyn, especially during a real estate development boom.

A work-related injury does not have to be caused by a life-threatening accident. Workers’ compensation covers other types of injuries that require medical care, such as repetitive motion injuries, overuse of particular muscles or respiratory illness after years of labor or toxin exposure.

Workers’ Comp Vs Legal Action

Filing for workers’ compensation is usually the only option for obtaining coverage for your injuries. However, if you know your employer has been grossly negligent regarding worksite safety, and this has resulted in your severe or even permanent injuries, you may have the option to file a lawsuit.

Not only is there the potential to receive compensation to cover the costs of your potentially devastating medical costs and lost wages, if your case goes to court, but the judge may also award you with punitive damages. Courts award these types of damages to make an example of an employer for other construction companies, and to discourage negligent or unlawful behavior from causing further injuries.

Shulman & Hill Workers’ Comp Attorney

Shulman & Hill provides aggressive, expert legal representation to injured workers and accident victims across New York. Our attorneys are dedicated to obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve for your injury. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (866) 880-0645.

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At Shulman & Hill, our personal injury attorneys have won more than $400 million for injured clients throughout the years. This includes pain and suffering damages that compensate them for their intangible losses, as well as economic damages such as medical bills and lost income.

As New York’s premier personal injury law firm, we serve clients in New York City, on Long Island, and statewide. We pride ourselves on handling cases no matter the difficulty or complexity.

Contact us using our online form or by dialing (866) 806-6754. We offer free initial case consultations and will assess your legal options based on your case facts. We are here to help you pursue fair compensation based on the expenses and losses you suffered, including any non-economic damages.

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