Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Worker hurt during school repair might need Workers' Compensation

In New York, it is important to maintain school buildings so students can be safe when classes are in session. A key part of that is to perform maintenance work and repairs. Often, this is done during the summer when there is no school. Repairs and maintenance can be dangerous, as workers need to climb to significant heights, use heavy tools and trust other workers to adhere to safety procedures. When there is an accident, serious injuries can occur that can have a negative impact on a worker's life for an extended period. The damage might even be permanent. After a construction accident, those who were hurt should remember that they have the right to seek Workers' Compensation benefits.

A man working on a construction project at a school was injured when he fell through a ceiling. The worker was using heavy machinery when the ceiling collapsed. The worker was hospitalized, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Being injured on the job will lead to medical expenses and lost time at work. What people might not realize is how extensive their problems can be if the injuries are so severe that they cannot return to the same type of job they did before or if they cannot work at all. For injured workers, Workers' Compensation benefits are a lifeline to make ends meet and get the treatment they need as they recover.

In some instances, a dispute may arise over the extent of the injuries and who was at fault. Insurers could say a worker does not need certain treatments or should not be off the job for more than a finite period. Having legal assistance is crucial to get the maximum amount in Workers' Compensation benefits.

In any construction project, there is a danger that an accident could occur. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you should contact a law firm that helps with Workers' Compensation claims.

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