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January 2015 Archives

If your job makes you ill you could be due compensation

There are many people who might exclaim that their job makes them sick. But what happens when this is not a frivolous remark but a statement of fact? Every year, many workers in New York are made seriously ill because of hazards in their work environment. For some, this danger is unknown, while others are aware of it, but believe they have been supplied with adequate protection.

Workers Compensation Laws Change in New York

Every worker has the right to a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, referred to as OSHA is in charge of making sure employees have a safe working environment. OSHA intent is to see that worker are protected from illness caused unsafe conditions, one time injuries and hazard that may cause death. Employers are required to make sure the conditions of their workplace are safe and meet OSHA requirement.

Lumber falls on construction supply store worker

Many dangers exist in construction work in New York and in any location construction work takes place, given the nature of the tools and the type of jobs construction workers do. They work with sharp and heavy tools and are often put in difficult and dangerous positions. Saws, hammers, scaffolding, nail guns and such are common tools of the trade. Accidents may be as simple and painful as a hammer striking a finger or as devastating as a fall from the top of scaffolding. What we may not realize is that construction work includes more than just construction sites.

Do not settle for less than you deserve

Workers’ compensation is a vital benefit afforded to employees under the law. Because of these benefits, workers can do their jobs to the best of their abilities, safe in the knowledge that they and their families will be taken care of if an accident or illness should occur. However, it is important to remember that nobody likes to give away free money, so while employees can enjoy the protection of workers’ compensation, they may not always be given as much as they need.

Workplace injury statistics

As workplace accidents and injuries remain a serious concern for everyone—employers and employees both—it is important to take a look at the statistics behind such incidents. Analyzing the data can help determine how effective certain methods are at preventing injuries, or highlight areas that need improvement. An increase in accidents obviously indicates that more effort is needed to prevent such injuries, while identifying how common some injuries are can help focus on which areas need improvement.

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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