Bricklayers play an essential role in the construction industry. They lay bricks, stone, concrete blocks, and other materials to construct or repair foundations, walls, arches, chimneys, fireplaces, and other structures or decorative masonry. Their work is performed in accordance with blueprints and specifications. Construction companies may employ bricklayers, or they may be self-employed.
Like other workers in the construction industry, bricklayers are exposed to hazards on worksites on a regular basis. If you have been injured on the job as a bricklayer, contact an experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney at (212) 986-7353 to discuss your options for compensation.
Bricklayers have a hazardous occupation, even under the best conditions. They face the risks of musculoskeletal injuries from lifting heavy materials and occupational illnesses from exposure to toxic chemicals. Bricklayers face the same risks of accidents as other workers on construction sites, including:
- Falls from heights when masonry work is done on scaffolds or at substantial elevations: Workers may suffer bone fractures, traumatic brain injury, or spinal cord damage leading to paralysis.
- Crush injuries when workers’ bodies are compressed between heavy objects such as bricks, other materials, or equipment: This type of injury can cause nerve damage, paralysis, head trauma, severed limbs, or death.
- Electrocution caused by faulty equipment, defective or damaged power lines, or live wires that have not been properly grounded: Electric current coursing through the body can cause cardiac arrest; muscle, nerve, and tissue damage; severe thermal burns; and falling after contact.
- Power tool accidents when angle grinders, rotating saws, or other equipment is defective or not properly maintained: Bricklayers may suffer severe lacerations, facial injuries, eye injuries, amputation, or death.
If your employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of who was at fault, you should be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. If the negligence of a third party, such as a property owner, manufacturer, or a contractor other than your employer, caused your accident and injuries, that party could be held liable in a civil lawsuit. Our Brooklyn bricklayer accident attorneys can thoroughly investigate an accident to determine fault and liability.
Workers’ compensation should pay for your medical expenses related to the injury and reimburse for a portion of your lost wages while you are recovering and unable to work. If you have a civil lawsuit against a third party, you may be entitled to claim damages not covered by workers’ comp. Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, for example, your noneconomic damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for injured workers. We can represent you in your Brooklyn workers’ compensation claim if you are denied the benefits you are entitled to receive. We can advise you of your legal options in a free consultation if you believe you may have a third-party claim against someone other than your employer. Our Brooklyn bricklayer accident lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and resources to pursue the maximum compensation available for your injuries.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we have recovered more than $1 billion dollars for our clients. Our attorneys have been named among New York Super Lawyers® and awarded membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Contact us at (212) 986-7353 after a serious bricklayer accident in Brooklyn.