Working in construction is a dangerous job anywhere, but New York construction work poses extra risks and exposes workers to more harm than in other areas of the country. This is because buildings with great heights and narrow streets are common in New York. Mix those conditions with the heavy equipment that construction workers use, and you can see how it can be a risky combination.
Hazards that can cause construction accidents include:
- Falls from scaffolds or other heights
- Hit by moving machinery
- Machinery falling on worker
- Exposure to asbestos
- Exposure to chemicals
- Unsafe equipment collapsing or malfunctioning
- Gas or other chemical explosions
- Not being provided the appropriate safety gear
If you are injured in a construction accident, you may be wondering how you will pay for medical expenses and how you will cope with time you are unable to work. The financial picture itself can be overwhelming, especially as cost of living continues to rise in New York. But you also wonder who will be held responsible for your injuries, and whether you can be awarded compensation for the damages.
An attorney who is skilled in the laws around construction accidents can help figure out who is liable, whether it was the manager on the site of the construction accident, or the landowner, or someone else.
If the accident was due to someone else's negligence, an attorney can work to hold them accountable for your injuries. Another option for financial recovery may be through workers' compensation.
Construction accidents can be both severe and complicated. If you were injured and are not sure where to turn, an attorney can help answer your questions and explain your options. While you focus on your health and recovery, letting an attorney handle the legal aspects can lift a burden off your shoulders.