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Construction worker dies from fall

Every job we take comes with its share of risks and potential hazards. From sitting and staring at a computer screen all day in the same position to carrying heavy loads or operating dangerous equipment, on-the-job injuries are a real possibility for anyone who works. Employers have an obligation to their employees to mitigate these risks as much as possible by giving workers proper safety training and providing a safe work environment. When an accident does happen, employees should be covered by workers’ compensation, which generally pays for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation.

Some Texas Instruments workers still waiting for compensation

When you’re employed by a company, there’s a reasonable expectation that they will look out for your best interests. At the least, they have an obligation to provide a working environment that is free from dangers. This includes taking steps to prevent workplace accidents and also making every effort to avoid workplace illnesses. Granted, even the most diligent company can’t catch every potential danger that exists in the workplace. They might employ materials that are dangerous but not know because science hasn’t caught up yet. 

Manhattan workers suffer burn injuries at Pier 86

Our careers and chosen professions are incredibly important to our sense of well-being and accomplishment in life, so when it is taken away by a tragic accident, it can be devastating. Of course, no job is completely safe from all risk of injury, but you generally trust your employer to do everything in their power to provide a work environment that mitigates those risks. Sadly that doesn’t always happen. Companies often let the bottom line come before the safety of their workers.

Former plant workers struggle to get benefits after cancer

It’s a sad story that’s been repeated too many times throughout our history. Employees give the best years of their lives to a company only to find out that they were exposed to harmful chemicals, radiation or other workplace hazards and now have a medical ailment that requires extensive medical treatment. Yes, occupational illnesses like these are sometimes hard to predict. Companies may not have known about the hazards at the time, but upon learning of the damage that has been done, they have a responsibility to take care of the people who gave them so much over their careers.

Is your work giving you an occupational illness?

When you think of workplace illnesses, the image that jumps to mind is probably one of a factory worker breathing in noxious fumes day in and day out, or a construction worker who's made to lift heavy machinery over and over again. But occupational illnesses take all sorts of forms and pop up anywhere, from coffee shops to the cubicle.

Is PTSD an occupational disease for first responders?

Every job comes with its inherent dangers and employers are supposed to mitigate these potential pitfalls by providing well-maintained equipment, offering safety training and constantly monitoring the workplace for potential hazards. When an injury does occur, workers should receive workers’ compensation to take care of medical expenses and lost wages.

Trucker reclassification removes workers' compensation option

When the economic downturn came, some businesses closed while others made big changes in order to stay open. The job losses flooded the market with the unemployed and underemployed, some of whom began picking up work as independent contractors. In the trucking industry, for example, some truckers left behind working as employees in order to become independent owner/operators.

New York teachers affected by occupational illness

No one is immune to the possibility of injury in the workplace as the result of accidents. Many jobs come with the risk of occupational illness, which can be summed up as the impairment of a worker as a result of something physical, chemical or biological in the workplace. However, it is the responsibility of employers to provide adequate training and safety equipment and to ensure that workers are safe in their work environment.

New York worker falls to death in scaffolding accident

Thousands of New Yorkers get up each morning and head to a construction site to continue work on a new building or renovation project. Unfortunately, construction work often poses significant risk to workers, and there are several types of injuries a person can sustain on the job. Workers' compensation is designed to help victims of workplace accidents navigate a difficult time and help them get back on track. This money can cover medical expenses as well as lost wages that result from time away from work.

Changes to OSHA rules could affect New York workers' compensation

There are many workplace hazards that can cause illnesses, and some of these may carry long-term effects. Illnesses may be known as soon as they occur, though some take a long time to develop. If you have experienced an illness or any side effects from activities on a work site in New York, you may be entitled to workers' compensation to cover time missed from work and medical expenses. However, changes to the way employers report their injury and illness rates may affect your safety and well-being.

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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