Sadly, many workplace injuries and deaths are the result of dangerous work conditions. If you have suffered an injury on-the-job, you may be eligible to obtain compensation. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Syracuse construction accident attorneys will meticulously analyze the particulars of your injury and help you determine your next steps. You can trust that we are devoted to making sure you get the highest possible damages amount in your case.
Last week, a Brooklyn construction worker was struck by falling construction material at a work site. Law enforcement claim the construction worker was hit by the falling object as he was working. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The city’s Department of Buildings is investigating the cause of the accident. Sadly, incidents like this are common. Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveals that falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In 2015, 364 out of 937 total deaths in construction were the result of falls, meaning nearly 40 percent of all construction deaths were due to falls.
Liability for New York Work Accidents
Every employer and company involved in a construction project has an obligation to make sure the worksite is safe and that there are safety protocols in place to minimize the chance of injury or death to workers. If a falling object has injured you at work, your legal recourse depends on the specific circumstances of your case. While construction workers are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in New York, these benefits only cover certain medical expenses, disability benefits and only cover a portion of an employee’s lost wages. In addition, workers’ compensation does not compensate an injured worker for pain and suffering.
Luckily, workers’ compensation is not an injured worker’s only remedy. Under New York law, workers’ compensation is the sole remedy, meaning an injured worker cannot sue his or her employee for an on-the-job accident. However, this does not mean an injured worker cannot sue third parties (a party other than the employer or co-worker) for the accident. In many cases, the blame for an accident lies with contractors, subcontractors, manufacturer and/or other third parties. This is why it is imperative not to assume your only option is workers’ compensation. We can thoroughly examine the facts of your case; we can identify each and every potentially liable party in your case and help you hold them accountable for the harm that they cause.
Seasoned Syracuse Construction Worker Attorneys
As a construction worker, your livelihood depends on your health. Construction accidents involving falling objects can have devastating, even deadly consequences for a worker. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Syracuse construction accident lawyers have the skills and resources to handle your case. We understand the difficulty that a construction accident places on a family, which is why we will pursue the maximum possible damages in your case. Get your free confidential case consultation today by calling us at 315-479-9000 or reaching us through our website.
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