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.