Construction projects are seemingly everywhere in New York. Between building new housing developments and commercial structures, performing maintenance and repairs and more, there is plenty of work for construction workers. While these workers are generally professional and make sure to adhere to proper safety procedures, the construction industry has many accidents that cause injuries and fatalities.
Because construction work is physically demanding and workers need to be able to move, lift, push, pull and operate equipment, an injury that leaves them unable to do these things makes it important to think about workers' compensation benefits. In many instances, legal help is needed to maximize those benefits.
A worker was injured when he fell into a shaft and suffered head trauma. The worker was prying up loose boards when he lost his balance and feel into a hole. The hospital stated that he was in critical condition. The worker was not wearing a harness and there were no guardrails around the shaft where he fell.
Construction workers have the right to expect that proper safety procedures will be adhered to when they are on a job site. They also have the right to receive workers' compensation benefits after they have been injured. This is especially important when they suffered serious injuries and will likely need an extended stay in the hospital, rehabilitative care and more.
Medical expenses and lost wages may be covered through workers' compensation. Consulting with a law firm that helps clients with their workers' compensation claims is critical.