Queens Tunnel Worker Injury Lawyer
It would be much more difficult to travel across each borough of New York City without its many tunnels. The Queens-Midtown Tunnel in particular changed how New Yorkers travel between Queens and Manhattan. Like other great architectural feats, creating and repairing tunnels comes with safety risks. Tunnel workers may be hurt on the job due to inadequate safety equipment and procedures, failure to communicate safety hazards, and similar problems.
Shulman & Hill‘s accident lawyers in Queens can help you pursue compensation after a tunnel-related work injury. During a free legal consultation, we can help explain your legal rights, determine if you may qualify for compensation, and answer any questions you may have.
Common Tunnel Worker Accidents
Building and maintaining tunnels can be a dangerous line of work. It involves many processes that can put workers at risk of injury. Activities like blasting, drilling, excavating, and pouring concrete can be extremely dangerous if done incorrectly. Furthermore, the environment around the tunnel is often dark, dirty, and damp.
Many things can cause tunnel-related injuries and accidents, including the following:
- Lack of proper safety equipment
- Defective or damaged safety equipment
- Inadequate worker training
- Violations of safety regulations
- Falling debris
- Collapsed tunnels
- Falls from scaffolding or ladders
- Slipping and falling in the dark
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Chemical exposure
Injuries from Tunnel Accidents
As one might expect, tunnel-related accidents can cause severe injuries. Electrocution, burns, brain injuries, amputated limbs, and broken bones are just a few of the severe injuries a Queens tunnel worker may suffer from. Tragically, some tunnel accidents may result in fatalities.
In any job, employers and contractors are usually responsible for doing everything reasonably possible to make the working conditions safe for workers. When this does not happen, tunnel workers are often the ones who suffer. If you are hurt in a Queens tunnel accident while performing your job, you may benefit from the help of one of our experienced Queens tunnel accident lawyers. They can fight on your behalf to recover compensation for your losses.
Tunnel-Related Respiratory Illnesses
In addition to injuries, tunnel workers are also at risk of various respiratory illnesses and other health problems. Several lung illnesses are common for tunnel workers. Silicosis is one of the most common and, if not properly treated, it can be fatal. Silicosis is caused by breathing in tiny particles of silica, a mineral found in sand and other rocks. When a worker inhales this mineral for extended periods of time, it can damage the lungs and make breathing extremely difficult.
Who May Be Liable for a Tunnel Accident in Queens?
A tunnel accident attorney can help investigate your accident to determine what and who may have caused it. Whether the accident was caused by an employee who was not properly trained, safety regulations that were not met, or some other factor, injured workers may be entitled to compensation.
If you are injured on the job, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. If a third party, like a contractor, contributed to your injuries, you may be able to hold them financially accountable for your losses as well.
How Can a Queens Tunnel Worker Injury Law Firm Help Me?
If you are like most people, you may be unfamiliar with relevant workplace safety laws and unaware of how to prove why you qualify for compensation. If you try to work with the insurance companies on your own, it is likely that they will either offer you a settlement that is much too low or refuse to cooperate with you at all. Both of these scenarios could leave you without the funds you need to compensate for lost wages and medical bills.
The services of an experienced tunnel accident attorney can help ensure that no stone is left unturned. Your lawyer can negotiate with insurers on your behalf and if they still refuse to offer a fair settlement, Shulman & Hill can fight for a favorable verdict in trial.
At Shulman & Hill, we do not believe that money should be a barrier to pursuing justice. That is why our Queens tunnel worker accident attorneys will only charge you for their services if you win compensation.
Determining Compensation in a Queens Tunnel Worker Accident
Our team at Shulman & Hill can listen to your story and investigate your case to determine whether you are entitled to compensation under the law. Each case is different and must be evaluated on its own merits, but having our trusted team of Queens tunnel worker injury lawyers on your side can be immensely helpful.
Our team can explore a variety of factors to determine the types of compensation we can seek on your behalf. We may review your hospital bills, medical bills, physical therapy costs, and similar expenses. It is also worth documenting the costs of medications and lost wages (both present and future) that you may face. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, we may also be able to pursue compensation for non-financial losses, like pain and suffering.
In a wrongful death claim, we may be able to pursue compensation for your funeral and burial expenses, as well as loss of support.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill
At Shulman & Hill, we take every case seriously. We have helped clients recover millions of dollars in compensation. Our lawyers are specially trained to help you through every step of your legal journey so that you can shift your focus to what is most important: your recovery.
Tunnel accidents are serious events with the potential to cause life-altering injuries. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. After seeking necessary medical treatment, contact the attorneys at Shulman & Hill and explore your options for pursuing compensation.
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