On a regular basis, New York City construction workers are seriously hurt because of unsafe conditions on job sites. When the safety of workers is compromised, negligent parties can be held accountable for the injuries that result.
Perhaps the most meaningful part of that accountability comes in the form of money damages that are awarded to injured victims and their families. Those damages can be awarded for multiple reasons.
Physical pain and suffering
Many construction injuries involve severe physical and emotional pain. In some cases, negligent parties can be sued for money damages for the victim's pain and suffering, not just the problems associated with the physical injury.
Lost income and financial difficulties
Workers who get hurt on construction sites can experience a multitude of problems, not the least of which are financial. Some injury lawsuits address the loss of income, accident-related expenses, and other difficulties that can accompany an accident.
Wrongful death: Loss of parental guidance and more
Of course, losing a loved one involves more than just that person's missing future income. In wrongful-death lawsuits involving workers who were killed on the job, claims can involve the loss of parental guidance for children who lost a parent, a loss of companionship for a widowed spouse, and/or other damages.
Your legal rights
If you get hurt while working construction, you or your family should consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You need to protect your rights, which include the right to seek full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Note: There are specific rules and timelines that apply to injury claim in New York, so be sure you are aware of those. In general, attorneys who concentrate on representing injured construction workers provide a free, confidential consultation.