Accidents can happen in any type of workplace, but accidents in certain types of workplaces are inherently more dangerous than in others. One industry where accidents can easily lead to serious injury is construction.
In New York, construction is a major industry, employing many thousands of people, and hundreds of people are affected by construction accidents every year.
In 2018 there were a total of 746 construction accidents and those accidents resulted in 761 injuries and 12 fatalities.
These accidents occurred in many different aspects of the job. People were most often injured in falls, but there were also scaffolding accidents, excavation accidents, objects falling and other types of accidents. While the year is still young, as of the end of February 2019, New York was on pace for fewer accidents, compared to February 2018.
Construction accident injuries can be very costly for the victims. Medical costs, of course, can be extreme. If the injuries prevent the workers from being able to work, they may not be able to earn an income. In cases involving fatal accidents, a worker's family is left without his or her income forever.
Workers' compensation benefits are designed to help injured workers and their families by providing them with money to pay for medical treatment and to replace lost wages. However, the process of filing for benefits is not easy, and there are many potential setbacks in the way of getting people the full amount of benefits they need.
An attorney with experience in workers' compensation and related legal areas can help the injured and their families at many points in this process. A lawyer can advise them on filing their initial claims, getting second medical opinions and more. A lawyer can also argue on a worker's behalf at hearings and appeals, if necessary.