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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The 411 on Construction Accidents in NYC

What are my rights if I am injured while working on a construction site in New York?

Construction workers perform vital tasks across New York City, building and repairing homes businesses, roads, bridges, and much more.  While the construction industry is critically important, it can also be dangerous.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,000 employees are killed on the job each year, and approximately 20 percent of these deaths are in construction.  Nearly 1,000 construction workers will die on the job annually due to a wide array of construction accidents.  Employees who are injured on the construction site may be eligible to receive coverage for their medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages through workers’ compensation insurance.  At times, injured construction workers or the loved ones of a deceased construction worker may be able to additionally file a personal injury lawsuit.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Construction Accidents in NY

What should I do if I am injured while working on a construction project?

If you have been injured on a construction site, you should seek immediate medical attention.  Delaying treatment could worsen your condition and impact your eligibility for workers’ compensation insurance.  You will need to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible.  Failure to report the accident could bar you from seeking workers’ compensation coverage.

Will I receive workers’ compensation benefits for my construction related injuries?

Your right to receive workers’ compensation coverage will depend on several factors, including the nature of your employment, whether your employer has this insurance, and where you were injured.  New York law requires that certain employers carry workers’ compensation coverage.  If eligible, injured workers could receive coverage for their medical expenses, a portion of their lost wages, and potentially ongoing disability payments.  The family members of those killed in a construction related accident may receive death benefits such as lost wages and burial expenses.

Can I file a personal injury case to recover damages for my construction related injuries?

Your right to file a personal injury claim for your construction accident related losses will depend on the facts surrounding your injury.  If you were injured by a third party, like another driver or the maker of a defective product, you may be able to file a personal injury claim.  Your personal injury attorney will carefully review your case to ascertain your full legal rights.


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