A total of four construction workers were hospitalized after an interior demolition accident occurred in Manhattan, as reported by PIX11. The emergency response team said that a wall apparently collapsed at the site. They were taken to the Bellevue Hospital with serious but non-fatal injuries. The owner of the building where the accident happened stated that the workers were in the middle of removing a large chandelier as part of the interior demolition job.
There are many laws and regulations regarding safety in the workplace. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) records that construction is one of the industries with the highest number of accidents, the most common of which is falls, making up about a quarter of all claims filed. The nature of construction work makes it dangerous, indeed. As such, it’s really important for employers and owners to be completely compliant with all the regulations.
If an accident occurred and resulted in an injury, the employer or owner of the company may have some responsibility. Such is true if there is any neglect on the part of the employer to comply with safety standards set by the law. According to OSHA, the most violated among their standards is fall protection. Depending on how extensive this responsibility this is, the injured party is entitled to several compensations. When filing a claim, the injured party should get assistance from an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney.
How an Attorney Could Help
Why is it advisable not to take care of the claim by yourself? It’s true that the compensation claim is not a lawsuit but a benefits request. However, taking care of it all by yourself is a risky move. You might not be able to make the right claim without enough knowledge on the different types of disability that define the compensation coverage. At the very least, you should have your claim reviewed by a reliable Long Island injury lawyer to be certain that you’re moving in the right direction.
Of course, while you need to file the claim as soon as possible, getting medical attention takes priority. If you are confined to a hospital, have a family member take care of the claim with the assistance from an experienced lawyer from firms such as The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein.
(Source: Construction workers hospitalized in Midtown demolition accident, PIX11, Apr. 7, 2015)