According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, with more than 150,000 construction site accidents reported each year. Construction workers who were injured or killed on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for themselves or their surviving family members.
Although New York State workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system, obtaining the benefits you deserve can be difficult without the help of an experienced attorney. Here’s what you should know about construction industry workers’ compensation claims in the Empire State, including the challenges you may face and how our exceptionally skilled team of workers’ compensation attorneys can assist you.
With dangerous tools, equipment, and materials around virtually every corner, construction sites are inherently perilous workplaces even when the proper safety protocols are followed—and potentially deadly when they aren’t. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) statistics show that more than 5,000 people die as a result of workplace accidents each year and roughly one in five were people working in construction.
The most common types of fatal construction accidents—known as the “Fatal Four”—are those in which workers fall, are struck by an object, electrocuted, or caught-in (or compressed between) equipment, materials, or collapsing structures. However, these are far from the only hazards construction workers can encounter on the job. Others include:
Even when construction workers are fortunate enough to survive an on-the-job accident, they can be left with serious—or even disabling—injuries, such as:
If you’re a New York construction worker who was injured on the job, you may be entitled to medical treatment, as well as partial wage replacement payments if you’re out of work for seven days or longer. If you’re killed in a fatal workplace accident or die as the result of an occupational illness, your family may be entitled to survivor benefits that include funeral and burial expenses, and indemnity payments equaling two-thirds of your wages, up to a statutory maximum.
The workers’ compensation claims process can be complicated—and even simple mistakes can result in your claim being denied. For example:
The skilled workers’ compensation attorneys with O’Connor Law PLLC help injured workers like you recover the benefits you deserve. We can help you fight for a fair impairment rating; negotiate settlements and stipulation agreements; reopen your claim if your injury or illness has worsened; and litigate your case in court, if necessary.
Our dedicated, compassionate legal team is here for you in your time of need and pleased to offer you a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to speak with us. Don’t wait—you must act quickly to avoid missing key deadlines in your case.