New York Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction sites, with all their moving parts, are filled with potentially dangerous situations. We’ve all seen construction sites, but those who have worked construction know how hazardous they can truly be.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury while working on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. Construction is a physically demanding job, and the construction accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC understand how debilitating an injury can be.
10 Alarming Construction Worker Injury Statistics
- Around one out of every five worker deaths in the United States happen in the construction industry.
- Nearly two-thirds of all construction worker deaths in the country are caused by what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration calls the Fatal Four – falls, being struck by object, electrocution and caught in or between objects or equipment.
- Falls account for nearly 40 percent of construction worker deaths nationally.
- Two of the ten deadliest jobs in the United States are in construction – i.e., roofers and structural iron and steel workers.
- In New York State and New York City, the rate of construction worker fatalities caused by falls is even greater – 49 percent of fatalities in New York State and 59 percent of fatalities in New York City.
- 90 percent of construction fatalities in New York took place on sites with safety violations.
- In New York, the construction industry employs around 4 percent of the state’s workforce but accounts for 20 percent of workplace deaths.
- In New York City, the rates are even more alarming. New York City’s construction industry employs 3 percent of the population but accounts for over one-third of workplace deaths.
- Construction worker fatality rates in New York are 3.7 times that of the overall rate.
- The number of construction-related incidents involving injuries or fatalities has risen dramatically over the past few years in New York, jumping by 88 percent from 2014 to 2015.
Which Workers are at Greatest Risk for Injuries on Construction Sites?
A report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found that “non-union job sites have twice as many violations as their union counterparts.” Not surprisingly, there are much higher fatality rates on non-union construction sites. NYCOSH’s report also found that Latino workers were disproportionately at risk for on-the-job injuries in New York. The report states:
“[Latino workers] are more likely than non-Latinos to die on the job due to
cases of extreme employer recklessness and disregard for human life, and they are
more likely to die from fatal falls. They are also more likely to be victims of wage theft,
experiencing dual exploitation by their employers.”
Misclassified workers also face an increased risk of on-the-job injuries. Misclassified workers are often hired as independent contractors even though they should be classified as employees. Misclassification is a common practice on New York construction sites.
As mentioned above, certain types of construction jobs have higher death rates than others. Roofers and structural iron and steel workers are two of the top 10 jobs with highest death rates in the United States.
Am I Qualified for Compensation in New York?
If you were injured while working on a construction site, you are entitled to benefits. If your injuries were caused due to someone else’s negligence, or because of unsafe work conditions, or lack of safety devices, or because the site was not up to code, you may be able to receive compensation in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits. Even if negligence wasn’t the direct cause of your injury, you may still qualify for compensation. In fact, there are different types of injury claims you can file:
- Workers’ Compensation: All workers are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim if they’ve been injured on the job.
- Scaffolding/Ladder Injury Claim: New York State has special legislation in place for workers who have been injured due to a fall from a scaffold or ladder. If you’ve been injured in this way, you may have to take alternative steps when filing your claim.
- Defective Machinery and Heavy Equipment: Forklifts, cranes and other vehicles used in construction can be hazardous to their operators and others working in their vicinity.
- Highway Work Zone Accidents: As with scaffolding, a different set of standards are in place for highway work zones.
- Unsafe Work Site: There are codes in place to protect everyone working on a construction project.
- Third-Party Injury Claims: Employers normally cannot be sued directly, and workers’ compensation benefits don’t provide for the pain and suffering you endure after being injured; but if your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else (a third party) you can pursue a claim against them.
We’ve handled virtually all types of construction site injuries. Our team has had great success in protecting the rights of injured workers, getting them the medical attention they need and obtaining the significant recoveries they deserve. We know how hazardous the workplace can be, and we feel that you should be compensated if you’ve been hurt.
Have you been involved in any of the following types of accidents?
- Struck by falling objects
- Fall from heights
- Slip, trip or fall
- Injury due to being pinned
- Crane injury
- Forklift injury
- Defective machinery
- Scaffolding collapse
- Excavation collapse
- Elevator accidents
Often, an injury can lead to a prolonged period of lost wages as you try and regain strength enough to work. During this time, it is important to find out whether you are eligible for injury benefits. These benefits can help provide for medical expenses, ongoing medical care, and can even help you reclaim some of your lost earnings.
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Need Help? Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC
If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury or death on a construction site, you deserve legal representation to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Our experienced team of construction workplace injury attorneys are here to stand up for your rights.
Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC by filling out our online form or calling us at any of our office locations:
(212) 563-1900 (NYC)
(516) 399-2364 (Nassau County)
(347) 758-9011 (Brooklyn)
(631) 619-5309 (Suffolk County)
(917) 382-9212 (Queens)