July 6, 2016
Do I need a construction lawyer?
By Jonathan Damashek
Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in our country. Construction workers face many hazards that sometimes can severely hurt them or even kill them. Being injured at work, not only affects the everyday life of a worker, but also the life of the people that surround him.
In New York City in 2012, construction workers had the second highest number of workplace fatalities after the trade, transportation, and utilities sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The leading causes of worker deaths were falls, slips and trips, followed by contact with (being hit by or slammed into) objects and equipment.
Construction employers must guarantee safety measures to prevent accidents and keep workers from harming themselves, and this, sometimes is easier said than done. The OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) lists several construction employer’s responsibilities and regulations that must be followed. Construction workers have the right to be protected from risks that could harm them; if employers fail to assure this right they must be held responsible for their negligence.
When a worker is injured there are many medical expenses and lost severances that must be compensated by someone. Victims do not need to go through this terrible moment alone. A lawyer can guide them through every step of the process, making sure that their legal rights are always protected.
Workers’ compensation rules prohibit employees from suing their employers for any role they may have had in an occupational accident. But others who are not an injured worker’s employer (for example a tool manufacturer) may be held liable if their negligence caused or contributed to an accident. A lawyer will help you find the responsible party and pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.
The attorneys at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek have handled many cases related to construction accidents such as crush injuries, dangerous equipment, and defective tools among many others. We will guide you and your family through the entire process making sure that your rights are protected and you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident contact us as soon as possible. We will evaluate your case and determine how to proceed in seeking compensation for the injuries and other damages you have suffered in a construction accident.