Construction work is often listed among the most dangerous and deadly jobs. And it’s no surprise: Construction workers must perform a variety of dangerous tasks:
- Working from heights
- Lifting heavy objects
- Operating heavy equipment and machinery
- Handling toxic materials
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the four most common causes of construction worker deaths are falls, electrocutions, being struck by a heavy object, and being caught in between objects.
Steps To Take After A Construction Accident
If you are a construction worker who has been injured, there are certain steps you should take:
- Seek medical attention: This may seem obvious. But some people may be tempted to “shrug off” a seemingly minor injury. No matter how serious the injury seems, it is important to see a doctor.
- Determine responsibility: If a third party was responsible for your injury – the manufacturer of a defective tool, a negligent co-worker, etc. – you may be entitled to compensation in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. Your attorney can help you do this.
- Talk to a construction accident lawyer: The laws in New York regarding liability in construction accidents are confusing. It is important to work with an attorney who understands these laws and who can help you seek compensation to cover lost wages, hospital bills, pain and suffering, and more.
When another person or party is responsible for your injuries and suffering, it is important to take action.
The attorneys at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, represent construction workers who are working in Manhattan and elsewhere in New York City.