Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Workers' compensation can help workers after building collapse

One of the most common reasons for workplace injuries in New York is construction accidents. Some of these will cause serious injuries and leave workers unable to get back to work. Workers' compensation benefits are vital to ensure the worker gets the treatment they need. For those who have lost a loved one, it is also important to think about how to secure compensation.

Five construction workers were injured and one died when the building they were working on collapsed. The workers were working on an apartment building when a floor collapsed and landed on the workers. First responders arrived at the scene and proceeded to dig the workers out from under heavy construction objects. One man died, while two were seriously hurt and the other three had minor injuries. According to the Department of Buildings, an overload led to the collapse. The investigation is continuing.

There can be many reasons for construction accidents. Perhaps the employer did not make certain the area was secure. Mistakes could have been made in how the project was handled. Or, one worker might have made an error that led to the accident. Injured construction workers can face extended hospital stays, difficult treatment, and be unable to get back to the same type of work. Workers' compensation can be crucial to cover their necessities.

While a construction accident and the subsequent injuries might seem to be obvious reasons to approve a workers' compensation claim, that is not always the case. In some instances, the claim could be denied or there might be a disagreement as to how much treatment the worker needs and how long they should be off work. To be completely protected and maximize the benefits, it is wise to call a law firm experienced in workers' compensation benefits as soon as possible.

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