Going to work shouldn't put you on edge with regard to your safety, which is why local, state, and federal regulations are in place to ensure workplace safety. Yet, far too often, workplace accidents leave individuals with serious injuries. These injured workers may struggle to get back on their feet, especially when their injuries require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Additionally, when their injuries leave them unable to work, these individuals may lose out on the wages upon which they rely.
A number of New York construction workers at one accident-prone site may be in this situation now. Reports indicate that there have been a number of safety lapses at the site of a hotel being constructed in Manhattan. One man was injured when he tried to dodge a crane, another's finger was cut on a saw, and one man suffered injuries when a steel beam dropped on his foot.
But those are just the most recent injuries suffered at that particular construction site. Back in the fall and winter of last year, multiple workers were injured by suffering cuts to their hands, tripping on planks, and getting hit in the face by rebar. Although the extent of injuries is unknown at this time, it is quite plausible that these workers incurred medical expenses and lost wages as a result.
Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits may be available to those who are injured on the job, just as these individuals were. However, certain requirements must be met before benefits can be obtained, and many New Yorkers' claims are denied for failing to meet the basic qualifications. Those who believe they have been wrongly denied workers' compensation benefits should not necessarily accept an initial denial. Instead, they may want to think about acquiring legal assistance and filing an appeal. For many, taking this step is enough to land them the benefits they desperately need.
Source: DNA Info, "Worker Hurt While Dodging Crane at Accident-Plagued Hotel Site, City Says," Aidan Gardiner, March 23, 2017