In New York, the risks and dangers on construction sites are everywhere – companies that fail to provide necessary safety equipment and devices, inadequate safety precautions, inadequate safety training and inspections, choosing to violate OSHA safety requirements and turn a “blind eye” to dangerous equipment, hazardous situations, and the carelessness of others. Some contractors are more concerned with profit than safety – which means that many safety rules and regulations are violated, often resulting in needless serious injury or death.
Dennis Carrion, Esq., strong believes that every worker has the right to work in safe environment and come home injury free. Sadly, hard working people in he construction field are needlessly exposed to preventable harms, and unnecessarily become injured or killed on the job.
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN NEW YORK
With the amount of construction in New York, and unsafe “short-cuts” taken to increase company’s profits, it is not surprising that the number of injuries is high. Construction rates high on the list of dangerous professions in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- There are over 150,000 construction related accidents every year
- One out of every ten construction workers will be involved in some sort of accident
- 1,000 workers will die as the result of work related injuries each year
Many construction accidents are caused by negligent general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, various trades and independent contractors, and equipment manufacturers. The owner of the property may also be liable for injuries or death that occur at sites involving construction, excavation, renovation, alteration or demolition.
Construction accidents can cause a multitude of injuries including death, comas, concussions, spine injuries, broken bones, fractures, damages to discs, nerves, muscles and tissues in the spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles and elbows. Protruding, bulging or herniated discs can be disabling. Other disabling injuries include: torn rotator cuffs to shoulders, torn meniscus and chondromalacia to knees, carpal tunnel syndrome to wrists, and other injuries.
Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.
After a construction accident, worker’s compensation or disability [short or long term] only replaces a small portion of your wages, none of your benefits, and gives nothing to compensate you for your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of self respect, dignity and independence, or helps your family during a difficult time.
Moreover, workers’ compensation may be contested by the employer, and payments may be reduced or stopped, and necessary medical treatment may be withheld.
You can receive compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance, and bring a lawsuit against someone else who may have caused or contributed to your injuries. If someone other than your employer is responsible for your accident you may be entitled to far greater compensation than the insignificant amount allowed by Workers Compensation. Dennis will work hard to identify those at fault and bring you the justice you deserve.
If you are the victim of a construction accident, immediately seek all appropriate medical attention. Your health and well-being always comes first! Report what happened to your employer. Do not sign anything until you speak to a qualified construction accident lawyer.
Contact Dennis Carrion, Esq. today by calling (800) 717-5975.