There has been a construction boom in New York and many buildings are being constructed. This is good for more than just the companies constructing and ultimately profiting from the construction of the buildings. It is also good for the many construction workers who rely on these jobs for their income to support themselves and their families. However, the type of work that is involved in construction projects can be dangerous and construction accidents occur and workers are injured as a result.
There are many causes of these accidents and the severity of the injuries vary, but some are very serious and devastating for the worker and their families. Many of the accidents that occur could have been avoided though if the proper safety procedures were followed and safety equipment was used properly. So, there are laws in place that require the contractors to install and provide the proper safety equipment. If they do not they could be required to compensate the victims.
Generally, when workers are injured on the job, they are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These pay a portion of the workers income as well as medical bills. However, if the worker is injured because the contractor failed to have or install the proper safety equipment, the workers could receive more compensation than just workers’ compensation. The injured worker could also receive compensation for pain and suffering and other damages, which are not available through workers’ compensation.
It’s an unfortunate fact that many construction workers in New York suffer injuries while doing their jobs. That is why it is so important that contractors provide the proper safety equipment and that it is properly installed on construction sites. If it is not and a worker is injured as a result, the construction worker could be entitled to more compensation than simply workers’ compensation benefits. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of this compensation and may be able to help one receive what they deserve.