Construction workers are at an increased risk of being struck by falling objects such as tools, building materials and other debris. This is because they often work at elevated construction sites where objects can easily be dropped from great heights. These falling objects can cause brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or even fatalities.
All Construction and Demolition employees in the State of New York have the right to safe working conditions, proper training, and functional equipment.
When construction or demolition workers are physically injured or wrongfully killed while on the job, the negligent party may be held liable for damages. Injured workers are legally entitled to seek damages for their pain, suffering, medical costs, rehabilitation, psychological distress, lost wages, financial hardship, and any other expenses that may arise from the injury or accident.
Owners and general contractors have a legal obligation to maintain a safe work environment for their workers, and implement proper safety regulations and protocols.
Section 240 of the New York Labor Law outlines the safety measures that general contractors or construction site owners must take to prevent construction accidents. General contractors or construction site owners that fail to take these precautions may be held civilly liable by injured workers. Section 240 also protects workers who have been injured by faulty scaffolding or ladders.
Even though your injury occurred at work, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation above and beyond workers’ compensation benefits.