It may not be obvious to some, but construction is one of the most dangerous occupations out there. On a daily basis, construction workers are surrounded by large machines and heavy objects, and the slightest malfunction or mistake could result in serious injury or death. It is for this reason that construction workers can benefit greatly from workers’ compensation, which is an insurance system that offers financial assistance to workers who fall ill or are injured as a result of their job functions.
A construction accident occurred recently in Mineola, New York, when a ceiling collapsed and trapped two construction workers who were removing asbestos from the building. Reports claim that the two workers were buried under the debris, which may have been contaminated with asbestos, and had to be dug out. Fortunately, the workers were not seriously hurt, but they were decontaminated and transported to a nearby hospital just as a precaution.
In a massive city like New York, there is always construction going on, which means there are always construction workers at risk of injury or illness. Fortunately, these injured workers can take advantage of workers’ compensation to help them pay for medical attention, rehab or even keep them afloat while they cannot earn wages.
The severity of your injury can affect how much compensation you are entitled to. This is why it is important to enlist the help of an attorney who is familiar with New York law so that you can receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured in a work-related accident, do not hesitate to take advantage of your workers’ compensation benefits. They are there to be used.
Source: ABC7, “CEILING COLLAPSE TRAPS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN MINEOLA,” Oct. 17, 2014