On the East Side of Manhattan, one person was killed and three others were injured in a tragic workplace accident. The incident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16th.
Construction Work is Dangerous
Every day, construction workers face numerous risks. Working with heavy machinery and on very tall structures puts workers at risk for catastrophic injuries. Common construction accidents include:
- Descends from heights
- Falling debris
- Crane accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Compressible between objects
- Electrical accidents
- exposition to toxic substances
- Ignitions and explosions
- Forklift mishaps
- ladder and roof mishaps
- Elevator shaft accidents
Construction accidents can result in life-altering injuries. Numerous construction workers suffer from permanent impairments and disabilities. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, amputations, paralysis, and crushing injuries are just some of the traumatic injuries construction workers sustain.
After a workplace accident, construction workers may have multiple options for pursuing compensation. Contacting a construction accident attorney can be useful if you want to ensure that you receive the maximum allowable compensation for your construction accident claim.
Who is Responsible for the Damages Caused by the Construction Accident?
The party or parties responsible for the injuries and damages sustained by the construction workers depend on the factors that contributed to the accident’s cause. If the employees were acting within the scope of their employment when the accident occurred, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Nevertheless, the workers may have additional claims that could provide compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses.
Workers’ Compensation Claims and Construction Sites
Accidents on construction sites are extremely common. New York’s workers’ compensation system generally covers construction workers who are injured on the job. Workers who sustain injuries receive medical care and other benefits.
However, workers’ compensation does not fully compensate an employee for all losses and damages. For instance, after a construction site accident, income benefits only compensate a worker for a portion of lost wages. The workers’ compensation system does not provide compensation for a worker’s pain and suffering.
In addition, permanent injuries and disabilities receive limited compensation. Due to their injuries, many workers are unable to return to work or have a diminished ability to earn a living. Under a workers’ compensation claim, their ability to recover future income loss compensation is limited.
After a construction site accident, filing a third party claim may result in additional compensation for a worker’s injuries and damages.
Third Party Claims for Construction Site Accidents
Generally, employees cannot sue their employers for injuries sustained on the job. Workers’ compensation is their only form of compensation for injuries and damages sustained on the job. A construction worker who is injured on the job may be eligible for additional compensation through a third-party claim.
Workers can sue negligent third parties who caused their injuries. For instance, if the window-washing machine was defective, the construction workers may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. If a contractor was negligent when installing the window-washing machine, the workers may have a claim for damages against the contractor.
Generally, damages in a third party claim cover the full extent of the worker’s injuries, losses, and damages. In a third-party claim, the following damages may be compensable:
- Medical bills and expenditures
- Lost income, benefits, and wages
- Reduced earning potential Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s pleasure
- mental agony and emotional distress
- Permanent handicaps and impairments
- Future losses for lost earnings and medical expenses
A third party claim can provide a construction worker with the compensation necessary to recover from an accident and meet future needs. Construction workers injured due to negligence and wrongdoing are entitled to full compensation for all losses, injuries, and damages.
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