Going to work should never be a dangerous activity. Yet, for many New Yorkers it is. These hardworking men and women rely on the government and their employers to provide them with the safest working conditions possible. When they fail to do so, these workers can be left subjected to hazardous conditions that can prove deadly, as evidenced by two recent fatalities in Manhattan.
According to recent reports, two workers fell to their deaths at two separate worksites. One of the victims became entangled in a cable while trying to free a crane from a building, while the other victim died after falling almost 40 feet from a bucket lift. Sadly, these worksite have seen similar incidents in the past, causing many to call for tighter controls on safety. The tragic reality, though, is that far too many construction employers bypass important safety regulations in order to cut costs and boost profits. This puts innocent workers at risk of being harmed or killed, as was the case in these workplace accidents.
Although nothing may be able to ease the emotional pain and suffering faced by those who lose a loved one in a workplace accident, the workers' compensation program may provide financial relief via death benefits. If successfully obtained, these benefits may allow a surviving family to recoup compensation for their loved one's lost wages. This can provide financial stability while the family mourns its loss and focuses on finding closure.
Of course, pursuing these claims isn't always easy. Even when they are successful, sometimes workers' compensation benefits don't cover the full extent of one's losses. In these cases, it may be possible to file a third-party claim to seek additional compensation. To find out more about the legal options available to them, injured workers and their families should consider contacting an experienced attorney.