Midtown Construction Accident Results in Fatal Injuries
When you live in the city, you accept construction projects as part of your day-to-day life. In fact, it’s so ubiquitous that most of us do not dive it second thought as we walk or drive by (or under) construction zones. It’s important, however, to remember that construction sites are extremely dangerous places. In fact, construction accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries to workers and passersby alike - and sometimes can even be fatal.
According to an article in the New York Post, a construction worker suffered fatal injuries in Midtown Manhattan late last month. Reports indicate that the worker fell down an elevator shaft on a construction site at the intersection of W. 30th Street and Broadway at around 3:15 pm on Thursday, October 24th. Two other workers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
Surviving Family Members Can Often Obtain Benefits
Fortunately for family members of individuals who are killed in construction accidents, New York’s workers’ compensation program provides death benefits. They are available to help people who depended on the deceased worker’s income and help pay for things like funeral costs. The family members who may be eligible for benefits after a fatal construction accident include spouses, children under 18, children who are under 23 and are full-time students, and dependent children who are disabled and blind. In some cases, grandchildren, siblings, parents, and grandparents may also be eligible for benefits.
In Some Cases, Family Members May be Able to File a Wrongful Death Claim
In some cases, surviving family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one in a work-related accident in addition to pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. Wrongful death claims can be brought when a person loses his or her life as a result of someone else’s wrongful act or omission. If you can bring a wrongful death claim, it is likely in your best interest to do so, as wrongful death claims typically result in significantly more compensation than you can obtain through workers’ compensation benefits. Some of the potential parties against whom you may be able to assert a wrongful death claim after a fatal construction accident include:
- Your loved one’s employer
- A construction equipment manufacturer
- A third-party visiting the construction site
- Independent contractors working at the construction site
As a surviving family member of a person who was killed in a construction accident, you should always have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. Failure to do so could result in missing out on significant compensation to which you are entitled.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an NYC Construction Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in any kind of construction accident, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C., our attorneys know how to get injured victims the compensation or benefits deserve and will never collect legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call our office today at 212-285-3300 or contact us online.