We all know medical care is expensive, with most experts seeing no sign of things becoming more affordable. If you or one of your family members is injured on a construction job, who will pay your medical bills? Who will cover the lost income during recovery?
Construction work is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. All too often, workers are seriously injured or killed, and sometimes innocent bystanders are hurt or lose their lives because of construction accidents -- right here in New York City.
New York City has recently experienced a building boom. While construction soars, a concerning side effect seems to only be getting worse: worker injuries and fatalities. The death of two construction workers last month in Queens was the final straw for the New York City Council. Recently, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke in favor of reforming the city's construction safety rules.
On the fifteenth anniversary of the most tragic day in New York City's history, we remember and mourn the many lives that were lost when the World Trade Center towers were attacked. Sadly, construction of the spectacular new 1 WTC complex came with many serious injuries.
Construction workers can be particularly affected by workplace accident trends. Construction sites, which can place workers high above the ground, the path of large machinery or many other hazards, are known for dangers. Because of this, a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed a decrease in nonfatal injuries and accidents last year may be good news for construction workers.
In New York, a widow recently expressed her disappointment with a construction company that promised to pay her funeral expenses after her husband's tragic death but later refused the money.
On September 10, 2012, a Brooklyn building in the Fort Greene neighborhood partially collapsed, killing one construction worker and critically injuring another. Five workers were standing on the third floor of the building when the support beams beneath them buckled, causing two men to fall nearly 40 feet.
$2.1 million settlement
for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.
$1.6 million settlement
for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.
$2.55 million settlement
for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.
$1.75 million settlement
for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.
$2.5 million settlement
for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.
$1.2 million settlement
during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.