Did you know that the construction industry is the deadliest line of work in the nation? In fact, 41 New York construction workers died in 2020, and thousands more are seriously injured every year. The fatality rate in the state even rose during the pandemic despite fewer people working.
The Empire State should be a national leader in workplace safety. But the statistics show otherwise. New York construction sites account for 24% of all workplace fatalities, which is higher than the national average.
Who is responsible for New York construction site accidents?
Property owners, contractors and agents are required to provide safe working conditions. It doesn’t matter if they never intended for anyone to get hurt. If you are injured at a construction worksite, they are responsible. This is referred to as “strict liability.” New York laws enable injured workers to take legal action against others as well, including:
- Building and land owners
- Employer workers’ compensation insurance carriers
- And agents of any of the above
What should I do after a construction job accident?
If you suffer severe injuries or a loved one dies due to a construction accident, don’t leave your future to chance. While no amount of money can compensate you for what you’ve lost, you may be able to provide financial stability for yourself and your family. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will educate you about your options. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings and pain and suffering.