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Construction-related injuries on the rise in New York City

Typically, when there is a building boom in New York City, the news is all good for construction workers. After all, more construction means there are more jobs available, and more jobs mean more opportunity to earn money. And since 2012, the Big Apple has enjoyed a 35 percent increase in construction jobs.

So what's not to like? Well, unfortunately, the recent boom in building activity has been accompanied by a precipitous rise in construction accidents. In fact, data released by the Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration indicate that the number of construction accidents has increased nearly threefold since 2012.

And ever more disconcerting is that the upward trend appears to be rapidly accelerating. During a 12-month period concluding at the end of June 2016, the number of construction-related accidents increased by 62 percent compared to the number of such accidents occurring during the same time period a year earlier. In raw numbers, this translates to a jump from 324 accidents to 526 accidents.

Criticism has been leveled at the de Blasio administration regarding problems related to construction safety in the city. After a fatal crane accident in February, Mayor de Blasio promised that safety measures would be improved. And reportedly since February, there has been a marked increase in the penalties for safety violations as well as an unprecedented number of stop-work orders issued for hazardous construction jobs.

Hopefully, the new measures taken by the de Blasio administration will lead to a decrease in the number of construction workers who are injured on the job. But if you are a construction worker who has had the misfortune of suffering an injury, it is important that you receive compensation that helps you pay for medical expenses and time lost from work.

To this end, prior to submitting your claim, you may want to have an experienced New York workers compensation attorney assess your situation. The attorney can provide you with guidance regarding your benefits and act on your behalf should there be any resistance by your employer or the insurance company to pay your claim appropriately.

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