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Workers are at high risk for construction injuries due to the nature of the industry. Many often work at high elevations performing physical tasks that involve heavy machinery. Even when not working at heights, dangers exist, such as potential electrocution, fires, explosions, and in some instances exposure to toxic chemicals. Statistics show that construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation.
Some common types of injuries construction workers experience include:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or brain damage. Falling objects and falling from high elevations can result in serious head injuries.
Paralysis and/or spinal cord injury. Falls from heights where workers injure their backs can damage nerves along the spine, causing paralysis or herniated discs.
Death. In worst-case scenarios, injuries take a worker’s life.
Amputation. Losing appendages such as arms, legs, fingers or toes due to irreparable damage leave workers disabled.
Burns. Through electricity, chemicals or fires, workers may suffer from serious burns.
Crush injuries. OSHA calls these injuries caught-in or –between injuries, where a worker is crushed or compressed between two objects such as heavy materials and the ground or between a forklift and a wall.
Broken bones. Falls from heights or falling objects can create severe impacts that result in broken bones.
Internal injuries. When internal organs or bodily systems suffer injury, the worker may experience partial or complete incapacity of respiratory, digestive, endocrine or other internal systems.
Blindness or hearing loss. Debris flying into a workers eye or being struck by an object can cause in blindness, and working with jackhammers when not wearing protective gear can cause hearing loss.
Back injuries and joint damage. These injuries can result from an accident but also from repetitive motions that develop the disability over time.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A traumatic incident where a worker is severely injured or sees other workers severely injured or die can result in PTSD.
New York has special laws in place to protect construction workers. While filing for workers compensation is always an option, in many instances injured construction workers can also bring a claim against property owners, their agents and contractors. Workers compensation may not cover the extent of serious injury expenses and having a second claim where you seek damages for pain and suffering and other compensatory or punitive damages may be necessary. An attorney can evaluate the potential of pursuing a case to recover damages from the exorbitant costs associated with incapacity and severe traumatic injury.
If you suffer from serious construction injuries, you should seek legal counsel. Insurance companies look for ways to settle quickly but typically with the purpose of cutting their costs and all too often to the detriment of the injured party. An experienced construction accident lawyer can advise whether the settlement offer is fair and whether it will cover your expenses.
Not every construction injury has the potential of pursuing a lawsuit, but we offer a free consultation to evaluate your accident and injury. When families lose a loved one as a result of a construction accident, in many cases they can pursue a wrongful death claim.
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