Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Dangers to contractors could spark workers' compensation claims

Contractors are a vital part of the New York City workforce. Just like any other worker, they can be injured and lose their lives in a workplace accident. For contractors, understanding when they can get workers' compensation benefits and how to go about it can be confusing. Since a recent study indicates the rising danger to contractors, those who have been injured when working in this capacity and families who have lost a loved one should be cognizant of how to be approved for workers' compensation benefits or death benefits after an accident.

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health says that contract worker deaths are rising in the U.S. At Amazon, there have been six trauma-related deaths in the past six months. All of those killed were working for another company who supplies workers or were contract workers. The accidents happened in areas across the nation and in various capacities.

It has been suggested that the cause of the accidents ranged from inexperience on the part of workers, a lack of care from supervisors for those who have been hurt, and pressure to complete various tasks in a tight time frame. The numbers for contractor worker fatalities across the nation is worrisome. There were 800 such deaths in the U.S. in 2017. That was a 50% rise from six years earlier. In 2017, there were a total of 5,147 worker fatalities in the U.S.

While a fatality is a worst-case scenario in a workplace accident, injuries are also common. With the medical costs, lost time on the job and an uncertain future, it is imperative for a worker and their family to understand the workers' compensation process. For contractors, it is wise to have legal assistance after a workplace injury or death. A law firm with experience in all areas of workers' compensation can help.

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