With the number of construction projects throughout New York, there are always job opportunities for construction workers. Construction work provides good pay and benefits and a sense of accomplishment when a project is completed. Even with these positives, there are certain factors that cannot be ignored. These jobs are undeniably dangerous, and workers can suffer injuries that leave them unable to work. For those who are injured in construction accidents, having legal advice is essential.
When workers on Staten Island and throughout New York are injured or become ill on the job, they might think they are eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits. However, some employers will try to avoid providing these benefits by claiming that the person is not an employee. There are certain factors that are used to decide whether a worker is an employee. Those who are embroiled in a disagreement with their employer should understand them and seek legal help to get their benefits.
Any worker in Staten Island and throughout New York City can be injured on the job, but there are certain types of employment that carry greater natural risks of being injured or even killed. Construction is one such industry. Although it is a good job with solid pay and reliable benefits, there is always the danger of accidents. After an accident, workers' compensation is a necessity to help with medical treatment and lost wages. Legal help might be needed to maximize the benefits.
In most cases where Staten Island workers suffer an injury on the job such as broken bones, head injuries, cuts and similar issues that are clearly visible and easily diagnosed, it is not a complicated matter for them to get workers' compensation benefits. However, there are situations where the worker is not injured, but becomes ill with an occupational disease or suffers from occupational hearing loss. Those facing this problem should know how the workers' compensation process should be handled and have legal help should any issue arise.
Wintertime brings with it some unique safety concerns. For example, there are special workplace safety risks that can arise in winter. It is important for workers and employers alike to be aware of these risks.
A lot of workplace injuries occur in accidents, whether foreseen or not. A construction worker can fall from scaffolding, be hit by a moving car, or be pinched by heavy machinery. Each of these instances can leave a worker seriously injured. Yet, it doesn't take a freak accident to cause harm to an individual in the workplace. Instead, oftentimes workers are hurt merely by carrying out their day-to-day duties.
Last week on the blog we talked about the Section 32 waiver agreement. This lump sum payout may be the perfect resolution to some New Yorkers' workers' compensation claims, but for others, it may not be the right move to ensure that they have the resources they need to make ends meet and obtain adequate medical treatment while they focus on recovering and getting back to work. The truth of the matter is that you need to choose a route that is right for you. Of course, the first step in doing that is having all the information you need to make the decisions that support your best interests.
It can be difficult for New Yorkers to get by after being injured in a workplace accident. Of course, they oftentimes have physical pain and suffering that can be difficult to cope with, but they usually face financial challenges, too. Those who choose to seek workers' compensation benefits and are successful in doing so may be able to recover compensation, though, which may help offset medical expenses and lost wages.
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.
It goes without saying that an injury in the workplace can impose physical and financial imitations on an individual. However, few recognize that being injured on the job and all of the ramifications any resulting injuries can have may result in the imposition of emotional harm, too. Injured workers can find themselves overwhelmed with financial issues that have been unexpectedly thrust upon them, which can leave them scrambling to make ends meet. This is true even when workers' compensation benefits are recovered because these benefits usually don't cover the full extent of one's losses.