Working at a construction site can be dangerous, and if you were injured, you need the help of New York construction accident lawyers from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. For the average person, they do not think about all of the ways that they are in danger when they go to work every day. They clock in, they might be concerned about a meeting they have, or they may be wondering what their office is catering for lunch.
However, when you work at a construction site, safety should be your top priority, and you are likely faced with the many dangers of a construction site when you step onto the property. Construction sites—even one that follows the safety regulations and guidelines—are still dangerous places to work because of the equipment and possibility of accidents.
If you were recently injured while working at a construction site and are seeking compensation for these injuries, please reach out to our team to discuss how we can help with your case. You should not have to suffer from your injuries and pay for them out of pocket. Call us today.
What are common types of construction accidents?
Because of the nature of the work, most construction sites have heavy machinery and dangerous equipment. Our NY construction accident lawyers know that there are many common types of injuries that someone can sustain while working at a construction site.
Often, the work at a construction site may be on a tall building. Thus, some of the heavy machinery may be quite tall and many of the construction workers may be on high scaffolding. When construction workers are working above ground and at ground level, those working on the ground are at-risk for falling debris. The victim of this injury may experience head trauma or may be crushed under the debris.
Many times, a construction worker will work with different types of electrical wire or various equipment that runs off of electricity. If someone is not following the proper safety procedures or if the electrical wire is in bad shape, a worker could easily sustain an electrical injury. This can cause obvious burn damages, but it can also cause internal trauma and brain injuries as well.
As noted earlier, many construction sites involve very tall buildings that require construction workers to be on scaffolding. When this is the case, a worker may be hundreds of feet up. If the scaffolding is not created properly, it is possible for scaffolding to break and for a construction worker to fall. Additionally, if someone you are on the scaffolding with is not following proper safety measures, their negligence could also cause you to trip and fall off the scaffolding.
Types of Injuries and Illnesses Workers’ Compensation Covers
If you encounter an illness or injury while at work, how do you know if workers’ compensation will cover you? In most situations, workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits when they sustain injuries or illnesses as a result of work, but it is not always that straightforward. Mental health, for example, does not usually fall under qualifying conditions.
In addition, if a pre-existing condition becomes worse while you are working, it probably will not qualify as a work-related injury or illness. That said, there are many conditions that do fall under workers’ comp. Here are four of the most common types of injuries and illnesses workers’ compensation covers. If you have experienced any of these situations, contact our law firm today.
Whenever you develop an illness or disease as a result of exposure at work, this is something workers’ compensation typically covers. From traditional diseases like asbestosis and black lung disease to more novel viral infractions, a number of illnesses can qualify.
To qualify for workers’ comp benefits, your injury does not necessarily have to be immediate. With a condition like hearing loss, for example, the damage occurs over time. Nonetheless, if you believe your hearing loss is the direct result of a loud work environment, you may be able to get some financial compensation.
Overuse and Repetitive Motion Injuries
Other types of injuries that people experience over time are those related to overuse and repetitive motions. From carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis to back pain, many workers deal with these conditions everyday as a result of the work they do. Sometimes, problems do not develop for many years. Like hearing loss, you may not realize there is anything wrong until you cannot avoid it.
Other Work-Related Physical Injuries
When equipment malfunctions or someone falls off a ladder, these are other sorts of work-related situations that can lead to injuries. While these kinds of injuries are common among workers’ compensation cases, they are definitely not the only ones. Still, many people think of these injuries whenever they hear about workers’ compensation.
Work is where people spend at least half of their time. For many, it takes up even more time than that. For this reason, you need nothing less than a safe working environment. If you have experienced any of the types of work-related injuries or illnesses on this list, you may qualify for compensation. Get the legal help you deserve today.
How Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, PC Can Help You!
When you are injured at a construction site, you should speak with one of our attorneys as soon as possible to discuss the best way you should seek compensation. Many construction workers can receive compensation for their injuries through workers’ compensation. However, depending on who is at fault for your injuries, you may want to pursue a lawsuit instead of workers’ compensation.
For more information on how we can help you after an accident at a construction site, speak with one of our New York construction accident lawyers at Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. now!