Too many workers are killed on New York City construction sites. Some of those workers aren't even laborers who are thought to perform the most dangerous jobs. Sadly, some of them are old enough to be the grandfathers of other workers.
On June 7, 2017, the New York Daily News reported that a 62-year-old surveyor fell about 10 stories to his death on a site on West 33rd Street near the Hudson Yards. Apparently, the man fell through a platform and was pronounced dead at the scene.
This tragic event begs important questions about worker safety, but it also prompts efforts to understand the need for proper financial compensation for injured and deceased workers and their families. When a life is lost or permanently changed by an accident, what should the family do to make sure they receive the maximum amount of compensation for the pain and losses they have experienced?
Every accident is serious, and every case is different
Any construction injury, even one that seems minor, should be taken with the utmost seriousness. An accident can affect many aspects of your life for a long time. Following the injury, you need to get appropriate medical attention right away. And, of course, you need to report the accident to your employer.
After an accident occurs, you should also talk to a lawyer about your legal rights with regard to compensation to cover you and your family's needs. Your compensation may or may not be limited to the workers' compensation benefits you are entitled to; you may have the basis for a third-party injury claim, a very important type of claim that we discuss in many of our blog posts. You won't know for sure about that third-party part without getting legal advice. Every case is different.
You have nothing to lose -- unless you DON'T talk to an attorney
You have nothing to lose if you speak to an attorney about your injuries; in fact, you have everything to gain. That attorney cannot report the consultation to your employer, so any meeting you have -- in person or by phone -- is confidential. And your initial consultation with a construction injury lawyer should always be free of charge.