Construction jobs are one of the most dangerous jobs on the market. Working at skyscraping heights, doing risky tasks, the life of a construction worker truly is “on the edge.” Because of the added liability that comes with working in the field of construction, it is important to understand the opportunity you have for taking legal action against the company that put you in danger.
Construction accidents are so common that this September 2017, two construction accidents, that both ended fatally, occurred just hours of each other. For one of the construction sites in question, this was not their first fall that caused a death on the scene.
The first incident on this day occurred in the Financial District of Manhattan. A 43-year-old, father of five, fell to his death from a 29-story fall. While his identity has not been officially named, his cousin, reported the victim to be Juan Chonillo, of Ecuador. NBC 4 claims that Chonillo lost his balance, leading to his fall. It is also reported that Chonillo was, in fact, wearing a harness, however, the harness was not clipped in, and so he fell onto a scaffold bridge just above the sidewalk, 29 floors down, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second incident on this same day occurred on Ninth Avenue. This accident was the result of a bucket lift that plunged two workers, ending in death for one. Witnesses on the scene recall seeing the workers being harnessed in, but not properly connected to the bucket itself. A 45-year-old was declared dead after the incident. It was at this construction site where another worker had fallen to his death in June of this year.
In these cases, the final result was death, which means it is up to the victims’ loved ones to continue life without them, and without their income. Everyone deals with death in their own ways, but no matter who you are, you do not want to have to deal with financial burdens while you’re in the process of grieving. Thankfully, there are lawyers that can help you and your family.
If these cases do not apply to your circumstance, you, yourself were injured on site, there is still legal action that can be taken. The inability to work or perform to the best of your ability is not to your own fault, but rather the company that hired you. Taking legal action can help compensate for your medical bills, your inability to work, and your pain and suffering.
The New York Lawyers of Hach & Rose are familiar with the dangers of the job. Saying that “working on a construction site comes with many inherent risks and dangers, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve compensation if you were injured due to a negligent co-worker or employer.” It is important to understand that you need compensation, and lawyers will handle the rest. Focusing on grievance or recovery are truly the most important things after any sort of accident, let lawyers handle the rest.