Construction workers have been contributing to the famous New York City skyline since the late 1800s. This work still continues today, as it is difficult to not find some type of construction occurring on a city street corner. Construction workers are always improving buildings, sidewalks, roads, etc. This job often occupies dangerous conditions. Individuals in this profession handle risky tools and put themselves possible hazardous situations. This makes it possible for them to become injured while doing their job. If this happens, construction workers are able to receive benefits under workers’ compensation laws. It is important to contact an attorney if you have been injured on the job in a construction incident.
Types of Accidents
Construction workers are exposed to dangerous conditions on their work sites that could seriously injure a person if something goes wrong on the job. Because of this, construction jobs are considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Employees trust the tools and equipment they use are safe and will not cause harm to them. Many construction companies take the right precautions to make sure their employees are safe while at work. Even still, accidents can happen. Some common accidents that can happen on the job include:
- Dangerous falls
- Nail gun accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falling debris
- Collapsing buildings
- Unsafe property conditions
- Supervisor negligence
Construction workers who are injured on the job are able to receive financial compensation. This compensation can be for their medical bills and lost wages as a result of the accident. Workers’ compensation is insurance that many employers are required to have for their employees in the event of injuries on construction sites. If a construction worker wants to receive workers’ compensation, they are required to give their employer notice within 30 days of when the accident occurred. In addition to this, the employee has 2 years from the date of the accident to file a workers’ compensation claim. If they do not do so within the given time limit, they may lose the chance to collect these benefits. If a construction worker accepts these benefits, they are not able to pursue legal action against their employer for their injuries sustained in the accident.
Third Party Lawsuits
While a construction worker cannot take legal action against their employer if they receive workers’ compensation, they may be able to do so against a third party. If another party is responsible for an individual’s injury, the individual may hold them responsible while still receiving compensation. In the event of this, the employee is required to show the party knew about, or should have known about, the dangerous condition that caused their injury. This requires the employee to gather evidence that proves so.
Contact our Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident and wishes to seek legal counsel, contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny today.
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