Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Four construction workers were injured, one of them severely, on Monday, November 11th when the scaffolding structure they were working on gave way.
The New York City Department of Buildings indicated that a component of the scaffolding structure had been improperly assembled, leading to the collapse when some heavy materials were placed on the 18th-floor platform. Fortunately, the workers landed just one floor below, on the 17th-floor platform.
The accident occurred on the 50 Hudson Yards construction site at 415 10th Avenue, near the intersection with 33rd street. Three of the victims suffered minor injuries, while a fourth was reported as suffering severe though non-life-threatening injuries. All were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
A partial stop order, along with citations for the contractor, were issued by the DOB.
An experienced construction accident attorney at BanvilleLaw.com and contributor to Legal Herald, Laurence Banville offered the following information for those who may have been victims of construction accidents and who are wondering about their legal options:
“Like most other employees in this country, construction employees are covered by insurance policies that are paid by the employer. In fact, the law requires employers to seek out this coverage; if they do not, they may be sued if an employee is injured while on-the-job.
Indeed, even when one considers how dangerous their line of work is, all construction workers have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim if they suffer a work-related injury. If successful, this claim will cover all medical costs stemming from the injury, as well as some other damages that can include lost wages if a victim is out of work for a long time.
Unfortunately, since it is insurance companies who are on the hook for these costs, they will try their best to get out of paying victims the compensation they deserve.
This is where the help of a construction accident attorney can be vital. An experienced attorney will be able to navigate the worker’s compensation system, a notoriously complex one, with ease and skill, allowing them to get a full compensation for their clients.
By seeking out legal counsel, victims and their families can also be sure that if the possibility of presenting a lawsuit exists, they will be made aware of it as well. Similar to a worker’s comp claim, a lawsuit can help those affected by a construction accident to receive compensation for the damages.
Victims of construction injuries should not delay in reaching out to a construction accident attorney who will be able to analyze their case and explain all of the legal options that are on the table.”