Construction is a year-round industry in New York. Those funding construction projects often want their structures built as quickly and as cheaply as possible. This rush to stay on schedule and on budget can cause workplace errors to occur that leave construction workers susceptible to injuries. Even those workplaces that are deemed safe can see accidents that result in injuries.
One of these workplace accidents recently occurred at the 3 World Trade Center construction site. Initial reports indicated that the worker was harmed when a wall collapsed on him, but later clarification stated that the man was injured as he was taking down a plywood and sheetrock wall. The report further indicated that the man injured his leg, but that these injuries were not life-threatening.
Depending on the severity of this worker's injury, he may need medical care and his injuries may leave him unable to perform his job duties for a significant period of time. The combination of incurred medical expenses and lost wages can leave a New Yorker in a tough financial position, which is why those who are injured on the job should carefully consider how best to seek workers' compensation benefits.
In order to qualify for these benefits, a worker must demonstrate that he or she was injured on the job while performing job duties. It must also be shown that the injuries claimed directly resulted from that accident, and the accident was not caused by the negligence of the injured employee.
As one can imagine, many of these claims are denied, and for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, though, these individuals can work with a skilled attorney to build a strong initial claim in hopes of being deemed qualified for benefits. Even if a claim is initially denied, these injured workers can meet with a legal professional to determine how best to pursue an appeal.