Falls are the most common form of accidents to occur on a construction site. In fact, they occur so often that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration started a campaign dedicated to fall prevention. In today’s blog, we take a look at why these accidents happen and how a skilled and experienced attorney can help you recover compensation.
Why Do Falls Happen?
Because of the varied tasks that routinely occur on a New York construction site, there are multiple opportunities for workers to fall. These hazards include everything from scaffoldings, openings in a roof, ladders and many others. In many cases, excessive noise on a construction site plays an important role in these accidents, mainly because a worker may be unable to hear warnings from their co-workers moments before an accident occurs. Another common hazard that could cause a construction worker to fall include tripping hazards such as cords or exposed rebar, which are steel bars that are used in concrete construction.
Most commonly, however, falls occur because of the following:
- Lack of safety equipment
- Defective equipment
- Improper training
It’s important for construction workers to be working in a safe environment, especially since the risk of injury is so substantial. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 150,000 construction accidents that occur each year. When you’re injured, it’s important to work with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney who can help you file your claim — and file an appeal if it was denied.
Am I Eligible to Collect Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is available to you even if you caused the accident in which you were injured. Simply put, if you were working when the injury was sustained, it will most likely be covered under New York’s workers’ compensation laws. These benefits should be available to you as long as the following conditions are met:
- You were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident
- You were injured while performing work-related duties
- You were an employee of the company, not an independent contractor
What Should I Do if My Claim Was Denied?
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, it may be because your employer is trying to argue that the accident did not occur through the scope of employment or that you weren’t seriously injured in the accident. Regardless of the reason for the denial, it’s imperative to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help get this resolved.
At Proner & Proner, we know how important these workers’ compensation benefits are to you and your family; these wages are meant to help with household expenses, food and other living expenses that are crucial to getting by. Our firm will investigate the reason for the denial and request a hearing to establish the validity of your workers’ compensation claim to help you get the money you deserve.
Contact A New York City Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Construction Accident Case In New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a construction accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of falls on construction sites in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Bethel, Connecticut.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.