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Recovering from a repetitive strain injury

If you think of dangers in the workplace, you may envision mishaps on a construction site, slipping or falling down and other types of on-the-job accidents. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that even seemingly harmless activities at work can lead to an injury, over time. At the Staten Island law firm of Angiuli & Gentile, we know how troubling repetitive strain injuries can be for workers and their families.

Also known as a repetitive stress injury, you may suffer a repetitive strain injury after repeating the same movements for an extended period of time. For example, if you have a desk job and are required to type on a daily basis, or need to bend over regularly as part of your job duties, you may develop a considerable amount of pain in your nerves or muscles. Unfortunately, this pain can prevent you from carrying out your job duties and have a negative impact on your life in other ways, such as playing sports with your children.

Statistics on deadly construction accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 930 private sector construction deaths during 2015. Sadly, this represents an increase in the number of construction fatalities in comparison to 2014, when 899 workers in this group passed away. In Richmond, New York, and all parts of the U.S., it is essential for those employed in the construction industry to understand how widespread these accidents are and take preventative measures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that there are four primary causes of fatal construction accidents. These causes, which consist of electrocution, becoming caught in-between, falling and being struck by objects, account for more than half of the deadly construction-related accidents that take place per year. In fact, it is estimated that preventing all occurrences of these four types of accidents would result in over 600 fewer fatalities each year.

Construction sites and the risk of electrocution

Construction workers may face a number of dangers at work, including falling off of ladders, equipment malfunctions, falling debris and others. However, many also run the risk of suffering due to electrical shock. In Staten Island, and cities all over New York, electricians may sustain a debilitating injury after they are electrocuted. Moreover, electrical accidents can also injure those who work in other trades. As a result, it is pivotal for workers in the construction industry to identify risks on the job site and take preventative measures as well.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that electrocution is one of the primary causes of fatal construction accidents. In fact, 8.6 percent of construction workers who passed away in an on-the-job accident during 2015 died due to electrocution. Other major causes include falling, becoming caught-in between and being struck by objects.

New York workers hurt due to derailed train

For railroad workers, there are a variety of workplace hazards that may result in an accident, such as debris resulting in a train collision. In Staten Island, New York, and throughout the U.S., those who work for a railroad company should be aware of the job-related dangers they may face on a regular basis. For those who sustain an injury at work, carefully addressing the accident is essential.

A train that recently derailed in New York left four people hurt. Law enforcement officials say that the victims include the train's engineer, conductor as well as two railway company workers. Following the accident, a diesel spill was contained and officials say that no other harmful materials were released. The four victims sustained minor injuries and one worker had to spend the night in the hospital.

Can I refuse to work if I feel it's unsafe?

Both state and federal laws protect workers from having to work in unsafe conditions. Most notably, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted to set baselines laws that all employers must follow in order to maintain safe conditions in the workplace.

OSHA is designed to protect employees by ensuring employers:

How Exhaustion Makes You Vulnerable to Workplace Accidents

When you consider the substantial number of hours you put in at work, it's just a matter of time before your body weakens due to exhaustion. At such a time, you become more susceptible to errors than ever before and your judgment when confronted with hazardous situations can be of grave concern. While getting adequate rest serves as the ultimate solution, most workers ignore such a vital concept in the name of meeting domestic demands.

It's a no-brainer that adequate sleep leaves you refreshed and ready to work. However, it is worrying that most construction employees opt to go the extra mile at the expense of their well-deserved sleep. There's nothing wrong with going an extra mile, but it shouldn't compromise on your work efficiency. A recent survey revealed that employees who spent more time at the occupation were more likely to sustain workplace injuries based on increased chances of making mistakes. If you've had less than five hours of sleep regularly before going to work,then workplace accidents might befall you sooner rather than later.

What are Workplace Injuries?

Every day in workplaces across the United States American workers are injured on the job. While many are minor injuries requiring little or no medical attention of any kind, many of them are far more significant and serious. For those American workers that suffer an injury requiring medical attention, workers compensation becomes a very serious aspect of their life.

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance held by employers meant to protect them form being sued in the event that an employee suffers illness or injury as a result of their job. The insurance pays for the medical coverage and treatment administered to the worker in exchange for the employee promise to never sue the employer on the basis of that injury.

Large truck drivers and work-related accidents

When it comes to workplace accidents, many people think of the dangers that construction workers and those employed in other industries face. However, large truck drivers are employed in a particularly dangerous profession and it is vital for them to understand the risks they face in Staten Island, and all over the state of New York.

According to data published by the U.S. Department of Labor, 761 people who were driving a tractor-trailer truck passed away in an on-the-job accident during 2014. Furthermore, one-sixth of workplace fatalities in the U.S. claim the lives of those driving tractor-trailer trucks. In addition to the loss of life, these accidents can also result in debilitating injuries. Unfortunately, those who driver tractor-trailers and heavy trucks suffer more non-fatal injuries which require them to take time off work in comparison to all other lines of work.

Have you suffered a workplace accident?

Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere. They are just a fact of life. However, accidents in the workplace are different than your regular run of the mill accidents. If an accident like a ladder fall happens at work, it can be very serious. If you work in any environment where accidents are possible (pretty much everywhere), you should be aware of what steps to take in the event that you fall victim to one.

Formally, a "workplace accident" describes any incident in the course of regular work in which an employee of the company is injured physically, occupationally or mentally. Sometimes the employee involved in the accident is at fault for the accident. Sometimes faulty equipment is to blame. However, in other cases, the employer is negligent because they have placed their employee in an unsafe work environment. 

Discrimination and workers' compensation

Across the country, employees face illegal discrimination in the workplace for a variety of reasons. Whether you are discriminated against because of your gender, ethnicity, age or any other unlawful factor, you should take action immediately. Moreover, it is crucial to recognize other forms of discrimination that some people may not be aware of, such as workers' compensation discrimination. At Angiuli & Gentile, our law firm knows how painful this can be for workers in Staten Island, and throughout the whole state of New York.

If you are injured on the job, you may be struggling with a variety of hardships, from physical pain and expensive medical bills to lost wages and mental trauma. If you are eligible for workers' compensation, these benefits could help you recover from the incident. Additionally, your employer cannot discriminate against you because you decided to file a claim or received benefits.

Success Stories

  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
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