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Construction workers are protected by workers’ compensation

Few places are more dangerous for construction workers than New York City. The high population density means that streets and sidewalks are always busy; the winters are extremely cold, which can impair motor functions, and perhaps most notably, the only place to build is up. The high number of skyscrapers in New York often means that even the most insignificant of construction projects can be dangerous. In addition to the standard dangers of construction work (heavy machinery or transfer of large materials, for example), there are the added dangers of falling from potentially fatal heights.

Know the dangers of working with asbestos

Some lines of work naturally come with more hazards than others. However, no matter what you do, there is still a chance that you could be injured in the course of your employment. You could slip or fall, a machine or appliance could malfunction or any number of other things could go wrong. However, for some workers the harm is done over an extended period, possibly without them even being aware of it at first.

What should you do if you are injured at work?

Some lines of work naturally come with more hazards than others. However, no matter what you do, there is still a chance that you could be injured in the course of your employment. You could slip or fall, a machine or appliance could malfunction or any number of other things could go wrong. Of course, there is no sense in spending each day panicking about potential mishaps. However, if misfortune should befall you, it is important to know what to do next.

Know your rights in a New York Workers' Comp Case

Workers’ compensation is one of the most important benefits afforded to employees. Even if an employee never has to take advantage of these benefits, the fact that the benefits are there produces a level of trust and creates a relationship between employee and employer that shows how invested both parties are with one another. Unfortunately, employers will still sometimes look to cut as many corners as they can to save money in a workers’ compensation claim, so it is important to know how New York treats workers’ compensation.

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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