The construction industry is many things, but foremost, perhaps, it captures attention as a broad-based realm.
That is, the endeavors that might preoccupy a construction worker's talents and energies encompass a truly wide universe of possibilities. In one instance, a worker might be involved in the construction of a new building or sports facility. Daily, high numbers of construction workers toil on road, freeway and bridge projects. Millions of homes and planned residential communities are built each year. Dams and other waterworks projects are under constant construction.
In industries ranging from mining and agriculture to the military and forestry, legions of American construction workers are routinely and busily at work.
And, while they work, they are at some degree of injury risk. As we duly note on a relevant page of our plaintiffs' personal injury website at the New York law firm of StolzenbergCortelli, LLP, construction workers "face some of the most dangerous conditions of all workers."
And that injury potential is, we believe, immediately obvious. Working at heights poses significant risks, with scaffolding accidents and falls resulting in high numbers of injuries across the country. Crane accidents can be deadly. So, too, can injuries and accidents resulting from electrical hazards, chemical burns, mishaps featuring heavy machinery, toxic materials, unsafe equipment and third-party negligence.
That latter reference can be critically important where a construction accident or injury is concerned, given that an employer's liability for an on-the-job injury is often limited to what is provided for through workers' compensation.
In some instances, a third party's negligent or reckless conduct contributes directly to a workplace harm, with that behavior expanding liability and compensation avenues through personal injury civil lawsuits.
Our attorneys help injured clients fully identify culpable parties and file legal claims that seek to render them accountable for careless conduct that results in bodily harm.
Construction workers are often at heightened personal risk as they go about their work duties. They have a reasonable expectation that they and their families will be provided for in the event they suffer personal harm through third-party negligence.
A proven construction accident attorney can answer questions and provide diligent representation that fully promotes the best interests of any injured worker.