Falls are One of Construction’s “Fatal Four” Accidents
Based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data, construction accidents accounted for almost 1 in 5 work-related fatalities. Indeed, there are four types of construction accidents that make up such a large number of fatalities that OSHA calls them the “fatal four.”
One of the fatal four is falls. In fact, falls represent the leading cause of fatalities in this industry, making up almost 40% of construction fatalities. If you have fallen and been injured, or if a loved one died in a construction accident fall, then you should consider your legal options for obtaining compensation.
Why Construction Workers Fall
Construction workers often need to work high up, which increases the chances that they can fall from a great height to the ground and get injured. Many falls are caused by:
- Poorly constructed scaffolding which collapses. Workers can be sent tumbling to the ground where they can hit other construction workers or bystanders.
- Defective ladders that malfunction or slide off a building.
- Inadequate training for how workers should store tools and materials, which can pose a trip hazard.
- Inadequate safety restraints or other equipment that could prevent a fall.
Each case is unique, and usually only the worker who fell fully understands how the accident occurred. As soon as possible after receiving medical attention, record your memories of what happened. If a loved one died, then your New York City construction accident attorney could need to perform a more thorough investigation.
Why Falls Are So Dangerous
The human body is not made to withstand too much traumatic force, and falling even one story can cause devastating injuries to a construction worker. Many people can suffer life-altering injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries. Any damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis and loss of sensation.
- Brain injuries. A moderate or severe traumatic brain injury can permanently impair a person’s ability to think, talk, and move. Many TBI victims struggle to take care of themselves and might need permanent help.
- Permanent nerve damage. If a person lands on their arm, they could suffer permanent injuries in their shoulders or hands.
These injuries can make it impossible for a person to ever work in construction again. If they can return to work, it is often for jobs that do not pay as well as the construction job that injured our client.
Compensation after a Fall
Workers’ comp should provide benefits if you were injured on the job. However, many of our clients find these benefits inadequate, especially as they do not cover 100% of lost income. To check whether you can qualify for more compensation, meet with a New York City construction accident attorney today. A third party might be responsible for your fall, and you could bring a claim against them for compensation.
Construction Accident Attorneys in NYC Helping Injured Workers Recover
The days and weeks after a fall can be confusing, so meeting with an experienced attorney is vital. Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today. You can call 212-285-3300 or fill out our contact form. We have built our reputation over eight decades and are eager to meet with you.