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More NYC construction tragedy: A worker dies in an elevator shaft

News reports continue to describe serious and fatal accidents on job sites in Manhattan. In the latest tragic incident, a 53-year-old worker was found dead in an elevator shaft in a building on West 41st Street on Sunday, July 23, according to a report by The cause of death was initially thought to be cardiac arrest, according to the report.

These frightening cases bring up important questions in our minds: Should more be done to prevent accidents? Can construction workers be provided with safer working conditions and better equipment? Is someone cutting corners or ignoring warning signs? Will the families of deceased and catastrophically injured be treated fairly and compensated properly? What can I do to protect my rights as a worker or spouse of a worker?

Adequate prevention is worth a ton of cure

Needless to say, it is easier to prevent construction accidents than to deal with their painful aftermath. But sometimes builders and contractors leave workers vulnerable by cutting corners on safety in the name of profit. Much is being said about this in separate blog posts.

What to do when something terrible happens

Nobody wants to experience the horror of a construction accident, but sometimes it happens because of the line of work we are in and specifically because of the negligence of another party. That's when getting timely legal advice is so vital. You can protect your rights, including your right to full compensation for injuries, by talking to an attorney as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. You may be entitled to money damages through a third-party injury claim, which is separate from workers' compensation benefits.

Get reliable answers from a professional

Every construction accident is different -- not just different with regard to the type of injury or the cause of injury but unique when it comes to the legal aspects of the case and the reality of who is responsible for the damage and loss. It is critical to seek the help of a construction accident lawyer if you or a loved one was hurt at work. Initial consultations are free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose.

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