Staten Island, the southernmost of New York City’s five boroughs, is a triangular-shaped island of almost 60 square miles. The borough is largely residential, but there are also buildings as high as 20 stories. Staten Island is a wonderful place to live, and it also provides a lot of employment opportunities for carpenters and others in the construction industry.
Carpentry is one of the most important construction trades. Wood framing is an essential component of houses and buildings. Carpentry is physically and mentally demanding work, and any carpenter must possess a variety of skills and knowledge.
Carpentry is hazardous because carpenters work with many types of dangerous tools in difficult environments. Carpenters are also subject to the same risks as other construction workers, such as falls, back injuries, and exposure to dangerous chemicals.
It’s important to know your rights if you were injured on the job. New York has workers’ compensation benefits for injured construction workers, and you may be eligible to pursue additional compensation after an accident. Your workers’ compensation attorney will make sure your workers’ compensation claim is properly filed and advise you about all of your options.
The experienced Staten Island construction accident attorneys at WRSMH have been helping carpenters for over 50 years. In that time, we’ve won over a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. You won’t find a better construction personal injury law firm anywhere in New York.
If you are a carpenter who was severely injured on the job, call (212) 986-7353 to schedule a FREE consultation today.
All types of construction work puts a strain on your body. As a carpenter, you may suffer from isolated or repetitive injuries. There are many hazards that carpenters are exposed to, including:
- Power tools and heavy machinery must be properly maintained to prevent lacerations, loss of limb, and other serious injuries.
- Electrical hazards. Failure to warn workers about live currents and exposure to live wires has drastic consequences for carpenters.
- Exposure to sawdust, glue, and other building materials causes eye injuries, lung disease, and other medical complications, including cancer.
- Falls from height result when carpenters are forced to work too close to the edge or when you don’t have the proper protections, such as safety net systems and personal fall arrest systems.
- Slip-and-falls may result from unremoved tripping hazards and slippery conditions that are not addressed.
- Falling objects are a constant threat to construction workers, especially when working on tall buildings.
Carpenters work on all sorts of construction jobs in various types of situations. Your skills are required to build and repair homes, high-rises, and other types of structures. You may also be required to work under harsh conditions, such as extreme heat, high winds, and inclement weather. Unsafe working conditions and OSHA violations contribute to carpenter worker injuries.
Frequent carpenter injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Hand injuries
- Hearing loss
- Knee injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Ruptured discs
- Joint injuries
- Respiratory illness
- Eye injuries and vision loss
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Joint injuries
- Muscle strains and tears
- Electric shock and electrocution
Your Staten Island carpenter injury lawyer will assist you throughout the workers’ compensation process, which may include filing an appeal if your claim is rejected. In addition to your workers’ compensation benefits, there may be other forms of compensation available. That’s why your workers’ compensation attorney will investigate the accident to find out if your injuries were caused by the negligent actions of property owners, third-party contractors, equipment vendors, or others.
The Staten Island construction injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP have an unrivaled track record of success. If there is compensation available for your injuries, we won’t leave anything on the table.
Our partners at WRSMH belong to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and have been recognized by Super Lawyers, a rating agency that uses 12 different criteria to assess attorney performance. We proudly hold an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is their highest possible attorney ranking for both ethical standards and legal ability, and we have a perfect 10.0 Avvo score.
Call us at (212) 986-7353 to learn more today.