Construction workers are essential to the life we all know and enjoy. While the work they do often goes unseen, our construction professionals deserve skilled and experienced representation when they are injured on the job.
In fact, workers are entitled to special rights under New York State law if they have fallen from a height or been struck by a falling object. At PNH, we pride ourselves in representing workers who have been injured as the result of negligence, unsafe working conditions and unsafe equipment. We stand ready to help you obtain fair compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills if you have been injured by:
- a fall from a ladder, roof, scaffolding or other structure
- a falling object
- unsafe working conditions or unsafe equipment
- scaffolding collapse
- trips and falls
- failure to provide adequate safety equipment including roof brackets or respirators
Construction Accident Lawyers in Syracuse NY
Since there are so many different types of construction sites, it’s often easy for contractors to ignore the applicable safety regulations designed to protect workers while they’re on the job. In many cases, the contractors may not even be aware their sites are violating established safety regulations, but that does not excuse them from responsibility for injuries suffered by workers as a result.
How Can Construction Site Workers Protect Themselves?
First, it’s absolutely necessary for workers to understand what regulations govern their particular job sites. Scaffolding, for example, is manufactured to meet specific standards. Workers can protect themselves by learning which type of scaffolding is required for different heights or gross weights. Armed with that knowledge, it’s far easier to approach a supervisor and suggest using the appropriate equipment for the specific application. However, understanding the regulations won’t always help if the scaffolding isn’t erected properly or if it is built with some sort of defect. It is in these instances where the legal team and experts at Porter Nordby Howe LLP can help. We’ll review the facts and circumstances that existed at the time of the injury to determine who should be held accountable for a construction accident in Syracuse NY and how to approach a demand for compensation.
What Should an Injured Worker Due to Protect Their Rights?
No matter how well a construction site is managed, accidents are still inevitable. When these unavoidable incidents occur, it is important workers follow all established guidelines for reporting accidents. Informing supervisors immediately of any accident –even a seemingly minor one–is strongly recommended. Even though regulations may allow some time before an accident report must be filed, doing so immediately is the best course of action. And, if an accident victim has questions or concerns about information contained in the accident report, it’s a good idea to contact a construction accident attorney in Syracuse NY before submitting the report.
Should All Accident Victims Seek Medical Attention?
The short answer is yes. It’s always a good idea to seek medical attention immediately following an accident which caused any type of injury. Obviously, minor cuts and abrasions are not likely to have long-lasting effects, but to be safe, any injury should be immediately reported. Seeking medical attention establishes a record that could be important later, so never hesitate to see a doctor for an evaluation of an injury. It is also important to remember that getting medical attention quickly can reduce the long-term effects of an injury, especially soft tissue injuries.
Getting Help is Quick and Easy
Any worker injured during a construction site incident in Syracuse NY needs assistance ensuring the construction companies involved or their insurance carriers do not take advantage of them. Contacting the team at PNH as quickly as possible is strongly advised. Not only is it important to make sure injured workers get the immediate medical care they require, but it’s also vital to ensure ongoing medical costs are covered on their behalf. Injured workers are often entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, and any current or future medical bills related to the accident. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, protect yourself and your family by contacting an attorney for help today.