Like other construction workers, bricklayers go to work every day in one of the most dangerous industries in the country. Construction sites are notoriously hazardous, and even when a worker does everything right, the negligence of someone else on the site can result in serious injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured while on the job as a bricklayer, you deserve to have your rights protected. Even if you file a workers' compensation claim, you may have to deal with a denial or filing a civil claim against a negligent third party. A top NYC construction accident attorney can help with each step of these processes and fight for you. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 right now to discuss your case and your options.
Considering how common construction is throughout New York, it's no surprise that bricklayers are often injured. Some common accidents bricklayers face include:
- Falls: The chaotic nature of a construction site creates numerous trip-and-fall hazards. Falls from ladders or scaffolds are particularly dangerous and can result in catastrophic injuries.
- Impacts and crushing: Bricklayers can be crushed or suffer an impact injury from equipment or other large objects at a site. Heavy machinery on a ramp or a container full of bricks on a pulley create the risk of a serious accident.
- Falling objects: Bricklayers often work around and beneath other construction workers, which creates the risk of being struck by a falling object. Tools dropped by other workers, building materials knocked off a balcony, or just about any other item used at elevation can come hurtling down.
- Electrocution: Electric shocks are common at construction worksites. Power lines and other sources of electricity can also be dangerous.
Serious injuries that we have seen NYC bricklayers suffer include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic amputations
- Facial injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
An injured bricklayer may feel powerless after an accident, but there are options available.
- Workers' compensation: Anyone injured on the job in New York City can file a workers' compensation claim. There are deadlines for filing such a claim, so it should be done as soon as possible. If a claim is denied, a bricklayer can appeal the denial - at which point the help of an experienced attorney is highly recommended.
- Civil lawsuit: When an accident is the result of a third party’s negligence, a civil lawsuit is often appropriate. You definitely want an attorney to help you with filing a lawsuit, as occupational safety law in New York are complicated.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we have years of experience fighting for injured workers, including bricklayers. Workplace injuries are not hypothetical concepts to us - they are a daily fact of life. We have successfully fought for the rights of injured bricklayers, such as a 50-year old bricklayer who was injured when a dumpster toppled onto him – with our help, he received a $3.75 million settlement. We also represented a union bricklayer who was injured when a scaffold crashed down onto him, and got him $2.85 million in a settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured while working as a bricklayer, please know that you have rights and there are people who will fight for you. Call us today at (212) 986-7353.
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