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Construction Accidents

New York Construction Accidents: Risk, Responsibility, and Representation

In the iconic cityscape of New York, construction is a constant, necessary, and highly respected line of work. Without these tireless workers, the majestic skyscrapers that etch the skyline, the bustling bridges that connect our boroughs, and the intricate subway system that weaves beneath our feet wouldn’t be a reality.

However, construction work is not without its risks. As indispensable as this profession is, it’s also one of the most dangerous. At Markhoff & Mittman, we understand the gravity of these risks, standing strong to represent those who have been injured on the job.

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Common Construction Site Injuries

The hazards faced by construction workers are vast, leading to a range of injuries, some of which can be life-altering. Among the most common injuries are:

  1. Falls: From heights or slipping on surfaces, falls account for a significant portion of construction-related injuries.
  2. Struck by Object: Falling tools or materials can cause severe harm, especially on high-rise sites.
  3. Electrocution: Construction often involves working with or around live electrical wires, resulting in a risk of severe burns and neurological damage.
  4. Caught-In/Between: Workers can be caught in or between equipment, materials, or collapsing structure, leading to crushing injuries.
  5. Overexertion: The physically demanding nature of construction work can lead to strains, sprains, and repetitive stress injuries.
  6. Fatalities: The dangerous nature of construction job sites unfortunately can lead to construction workers loosing their lives.

Historical Perspective

New York has a storied history of construction accidents, serving as a testament to the dangerous nature of this work. One of the deadliest accidents dates back to 1907 during the construction of the Singer Building, when a scaffold carrying 16 men plummeted to the ground. More recently, the crane collapse in 2008 in Manhattan brought to light the ever-present dangers faced by our construction workers.

What to Do if Injured on a Construction Site

If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, it’s vital to take the following steps:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the utmost priority. Immediate medical attention is essential, even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured. Injuries might not show symptoms immediately.
  2. Report the Incident: Inform your supervisor about the incident as soon as possible. Record the details while they are fresh in your mind.
  3. Document Everything: Gather as much information as possible, including photos of the accident scene, names and contact information of any witnesses.
  4. Contact a Lawyer: Speak with a legal expert specializing in construction accident law.

At Markhoff & Mittman, we’ve been advocating for the rights of injured workers in New York since 1933. We understand the complex legal and medical landscape of construction accidents. We’re here to guide you through every step of the process, from workers’ compensation claims to potential personal injury lawsuits.

Remember, your labor builds our city. When accidents happen, it’s our job to help you build a strong case. Stand tall with Markhoff & Mittman, your stalwart advocates in times of need.

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Markhoff & Mittman, PC The Disability Guys have been dedicated to assisting injured workers and their families secure workers’ compensation, social security disability and other injury benefits since 1933. Throughout the years, we have consistently provided an unexpected legal experience for people facing unforeseen challenges in life. We understand navigating the complexities of different benefit programs and laws is daunting and overwhelming. Our mission is to simplify intricate matters by offering clear and concise explanations, delivering on our promises, and, above all, providing you and your loved ones with the peace of mind necessary to reclaim the life you truly deserve.