Risk of Injury or Death at a Construction Site
New York has many construction areas as the city and state continue to grow and expand. However, development comes at a price. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. Many construction workers suffer injuries that affect their ability to continue to work, and some employees even suffer fatal injuries from construction site accidents. There are many aspects of construction work which make it particularly dangerous. Some of the risks include:
- Fall injuries: The most deadly type of construction accident is a fall from heights.
- Heavy equipment: Construction vehicles, such as forklifts, excavation equipment, and steamrollers, pose a danger to their operators and to other workers around them.
- Crane accidents: Cranes lift extremely heavy cargo, and an accident where a crane drops its load or malfunctions can be deadly.
- Defective machinery: Power tools, heavy machinery, and other construction tools can malfunction, causing serious injury.
- Electrocution: Contact with overhead or underground wires can cause electric shock injury, as can malfunctioning construction equipment.
- Heavy lifting: Back injuries can result from lifting large or heavy objects.
- Eye and ear damage: Loud noises, welding, electric shock, and chemical exposure can all cause damage to vision, hearing, and sense of smell if the workers are not wearing proper protective gear.
How Construction Accident Claims Work
In New York, construction cases can qualify as a separate type of claim outside of workers’ compensation claims, where the victim may be able to seek additional compensation for pain and suffering above and beyond the payments for medical care and lost wages. Sometimes, however, the individual who is injured in the construction accident was not an employee of the construction company, but was instead a private citizen who was a bystander. In this situation, they would also be able to file a claim against the company or the property owner to recover a monetary settlement for their injuries.
Construction accident claims can be very complicated, because there is a complex system of rules and regulations that apply to this type of work. A construction accident claim can include analysis of OSHA regulations, an investigation of faulty machinery, research of common practices within the industry, and gathering of physical evidence from the scene of the incident. In order to do these properly, the victim needs to hire an experienced construction accident lawyer who handles these types of claims on a regular basis. Construction accidents can cause serious injuries to their victims, and our firm is experienced in helping construction workers get compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. You may only have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim, so you need to act quickly. If you were injured at a construction site, don’t hesitate. Call our firm today.