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After a construction site injury, you need to know where to turn and what steps to follow.
Michael Greenspan is a construction accident attorney and personal injury lawyer in New York. As the city sees more construction taking place, it also sees an increase in construction injuries and accidents. Greenspan says that he has seen an increase in injuries and deaths taking place on New York construction sites.
New York law demands that site supervisors provide their workers with quality safety devices. If workers have dependable harnesses and ladders, many construction accidents would be prevented.
"Construction workers can get hurt or even die on the job because of preventable injuries and preventable accidents."
Greenspan says that common injuries he sees involve falls on construction sites. This includes both:
Even if the worker suspects that the injury was their fault, the law says that the owner and general contractor are liable for the injuries. You can receive both workers' compensation and benefits from an injury lawsuit.
If you're an independent contractor and you become injured on a job site, you are eligible for benefits under New York workers' compensation laws. You can also pursue an injury claim against the owners and the general contractor. If you're hurt on the job due to the absence of a quality safety device, you likely have grounds for a lawsuit.
As long as the employee is not "solely responsible" for the injury, an attorney is likely able to help the worker explore options for obtaining compensation.
Undocumented workers have the same right to a safe workplace as documented workers. Some rules are different for undocumented workers depending on their situation, but they are still able to seek health care. They still have rights, and can seek a confidential consultation with a construction accident attorney. Employers often treat undocumented workers as expendable, giving them the hardest jobs without proper safety precautions.
In the video below, attorney Greenspan explains the step-by-step process of what workers should do after a construction accident.
Michael Greenspan can be reached at 888-392-6439.
Disclaimer: This video is for informational purposes only. In some states, this video may be deemed Attorney Advertising. The choice of lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.
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