It is no surprise that the construction industry can be dangerous. When you are working around heavy equipment and harmful materials, any mistake or accident could result in injury or even fatalities. If you have been injured while working for a construction company, you want the best lawyers to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to.
Shulman & Hill has a team of New York City-based construction accident attorneys who can help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits and/or file a personal injury lawsuit after a construction accident. Schedule a free legal consultation to learn more.
Common Construction Injuries in New York City
Construction work can be hazardous as it involves physically demanding labor, heavy machinery, and inherently dangerous sites. Whether you are working along the side of the road or up in the air on the frame of a building, there are many safety precautions that must be taken to ensure safe work practices.
Several different types of injuries are typically associated with construction site workplace accidents. Some of these include falling from great heights, collapsed scaffolding, falling ladders, electric shock, injuries resulting from the lack of protective gear, and repetitive stress injuries.
A fall could result from working on a tall building or navigating scaffolding, as well as falling off of machinery. Electric shock and electrical burns can happen when working with power tools, welding, electrical wiring, and anything else dealing with large amounts of power.
A repetitive stress injury is an injury that occurs when too much stress is placed on the body, which can cause muscle strain, tissue damage, vision and hearing loss, and painful inflammation. This type of stress presents itself after repeating the same, often awkward, movements over and over for a period of time.
The Importance of Proper Construction Safety Measures
The importance of safety practices in the workplace cannot be overstated. Lack of proper safety training and supervision can cause deadly mistakes on a project. Proper safety measures and precautions must be taken in order to make sure that everyone is being as safe as possible and operating in a way that minimizes the risk of injury.
In addition to supervision and training, the correct and appropriate safety equipment needs to be provided to the construction workers so that they can complete the job safely. This may include hard hats, gloves, or protective eyewear. If safety precautions are not taken seriously, it can result in the death or injury of a worker.
What To Do If You Are Injured In a New York City Construction Accident
If you are injured in a construction accident at work, you need to make sure you seek medical attention immediately to avoid injuring yourself further.
When you see your doctor, be sure to provide them with information about the accident that is as detailed as possible. It is important that they know how the injury happened, what type of machinery you were using, or what task you were completing at the time of the accident.
This will help your doctor give you the best treatment possible. Sometimes a doctor will place restrictions on what you can do at work, or place limits on how much time you can spend doing particular tasks that may cause further injury. Be sure to take your doctor’s orders seriously to ensure you heal properly.
You should also notify your employer as soon as possible to ensure your injuries are properly documented. This can help your future claims for compensation.
Pursuing Compensation After a New York City Construction Accident
If you are injured in a construction accident in New York, you may be able to receive compensation through a few different options. These include workers’ compensation, social security disability, and/or a personal injury lawsuit.
If you were injured at work, you will typically qualify for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits operate on a “no-fault” system, so you do not need to prove that your employer was negligent or at fault for your injury or illness.
Social security disability is a possibility when you or a loved one’s injury results in a temporary or permanent disability. The laws and requirements regarding social security benefits and workers’ compensation benefits can be complex and difficult to navigate alone. Having legal representation to help you through the process can help ensure your claim is approved.
Many workplace accidents also occur when property owners or contractors fail to follow New York’s construction safety laws. If a contractor or property owner contributed to your accident by failing to provide safety equipment or were negligent in some other way, you may have a right to recover compensation for your pain and suffering and relevant economic losses, such as your medical bills and lost wages. Our lawyers understand the complexities of construction accidents and will work to ensure that you receive the full compensation you may deserve.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
Shulman & Hill is a leading workers’ compensation and personal injury law firm in the state of New York. We know that each case is unique and that you need an experienced attorney to help you navigate this difficult time in your life. Our attorneys not only have an impressive track record of successfully helping injured clients, but we also have compassion and sensitivity for each of our clients.
When you choose us, you will have a team of legal experts by your side who will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve after your work-related construction accident. Contact us online for a case evaluation today. We will look into your case in-depth and can answer any questions you may have.