What to Do If You Were Injured While Working on a Construction Site?
Construction site accidents occur often in Staten Island, New York and nationwide resulting in thousands of construction related injuries and construction related deaths. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) speculated that over 1,000 construction related deaths will occur this year.
Injuries caused by construction site related accidents often result in extremely severe injuries and many times death because of the severity of the situation in which the accident occurs. There are many factors that play into the severity of a construction related accident. Considering many construction sites consist of situations that are highly dangerous such as working on high areas, operating heavy machinery, working underground and in many other situations it is important that the person who is conducting the project being worked on train their employees correctly and also ensure that the equipment they are using is safe and not faulty or worn down.
If you have been injured while working on a construction site you know just how dangerous construction sites can be. You may have been injured due to one or more of many different circumstances but no matter how your construction accident occured if you are injured you should speak with an experienced construction accident lawyer.
Many times work related construction accidents are filed as a workers' compensation injury which only allows for medical expenses to be paid and for loss wages to be recovered for the period of time that you are unable to work. While some injured construction workers are indeed eligible for workers' compensation benefits they are often eligible to file a lawsuit also. By discussing your case with a construction accident lawyer you will be able to determine what your specific case is eligible for. If you were injured on the construction site because of another person or company's negligence you will be able to file a claim against that person or company's insurance company for which will be to recover compensation for pain, suffering, treatment for ongoing injuries cause by the accident, and for the effects the accident has had on you (an example of this would be if you are now totally disabled and will not be able to return to work).
With proper investigation the fault of your accident will be able to be determined if it already wasn't clear as to who the negligent party is. Below are common negligent reasons that construction accidents occur:
- Defective or unsafe machinery
- Defective or unsafe tools
- Faulty scaffolding or other supports
- Failure to enforce work-site safety
- Unsafe or Poorly coordinated sites
- Supervision errors
- Communication errors
- Violations of OSHA regulations and other safety standards
- Exposed electrical wires
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