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October 2014 Archives

Construction workers trapped following ceiling collapse

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.

We can help you maximize your workers' comp benefits

For many people, workers’ compensation benefits are the most important part of any job. Even if you do not ever need to take advantage of them, the safety net that these benefits provide allows employees to perform their jobs without the fear that they will be left to their own devices in the event of an accident. This is especially true for people who work in dangerous occupations, such as construction workers and firefighters, but even jobs that are relatively low-risk could have unexpected adverse health effects.

Maximize your workers' compensation benefits

You may have heard the phrase workers’ compensation, and you may even have a general understanding of what the phrase means, but when you truly need to take advantage of your workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to have an intricate understanding in order to maximize those benefits. If you were injured in a workplace accident, you are likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the accident. Obviously each case is different, but as we’ve explained before, nearly every work-related injury is compensable.

What happens if employers abuse workers' comp?

It is a legal requirement in New York for employers to have worker’s comp insurance, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all employees are offered their rightful worker’s comp benefits. It doesn’t happen often, but some employers have tried to take advantage of loopholes in the system, or have even outright lied, to avoid paying what they are supposed to pay. Much of this problem comes from the fact that workers’ comp relies largely on the employers reporting and monitoring themselves.

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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