September 7, 2022
Disaster is always one mistake away, and it’s up to construction management to maintain a safe environment for their employees and bystanders alike. Unfortunately, it seems that safety was left by the wayside at a certain construction site in the Bronx.
During some recent construction work at the intersection of Jerome Avenue and West Bedford Park Boulevard, a crane connected to a boom truck broke off and fell onto a car that was stopped at a nearby red light. Thankfully, the driver of the vehicle only sustained minor injuries.
However, upon investigation, it was determined that the management of the construction site was in violation of several different safety codes. Officials identified that the operators of the boom failed to obtain permits for certain equipment on site, and failed to properly maintain the construction elevator, or hoist.
A construction site is dangerous enough without management cutting corners. If you’ve been injured on a construction site (or in any other workplace) you shouldn’t be afraid to hold a negligent employer accountable for your injuries. As work injury lawyers like our friends at Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. can explain, you could be owed financial compensation for your injuries.
Were You Injured on the Job?
Workplace injuries happen, whether you’re dealing with cranes or copiers. Whatever the type of job, and whatever the type of injury, you should always report your injuries and fight for some form of compensation if you’re unable to clock in for work as usual.
Workers’ compensation can be a serious help when you’re dealing with a workplace injury. It can cover your medical costs, and provide you with enough income to keep yourself and your loved ones afloat while you recover.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation is far from the “free money” many people think it can be. In fact, workers’ comp involves lots of paperwork and back-and-forth between you, your doctors, and your employers. Fortunately, a lawyer who specializes in workers’ compensation can help you navigate the ins and outs of your claim.
Was Your Employer Negligent?
In some cases, you may deserve more than workers’ compensation – and you shouldn’t file a claim without consulting a legal professional about the alternatives. After all, when you file for workers’ comp, you’re waiving your right to sue your employer, and in some cases a lawsuit can get you enough financial compensation to keep you covered until you find work with a more responsible employer.
Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment. If they fail to do so, such as by neglecting their permitting or licensing responsibilities, they may be on the hook for your injuries when you experience an accident.
Filing a lawsuit against a negligent employer can be complicated, and it’s important to have a lawyer you can trust when it comes time to determine who was responsible for your injuries, and what you should do about it.
Don’t hesitate to get justice, compensation, and closure. Get in touch with a work injury lawyer today to learn more.