According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “NYC construction fatality rates are more than five times higher than all NYC industries.” Five times — that’s a 500% mark-up! Sadly, about a third of these deaths are caused when workers are “struck, crushed, or caught between objects or equipment” such as the forklift, one of the most commonly used machines in NYC due to its role in the city’s 45,000+ construction projects.
Ask yourself: Have you or a loved one been involved in a forklift-related accident in NYC? If the answer is yes, then you need an experienced personal injury attorney. Don’t gamble with your family’s future: Allow Schwartzapfel Lawyers the privilege of handling your case so that you may focus on your health and recovery.
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For more on forklift-related accidents and injuries, as well as NYC construction workers’ rights and practical steps you can take in order to protect yourself and your family, please continue reading.
Types of losses and injuries you might sustain as the result of a forklift-related accident
In any forklift accident, the extent of physical and emotional pain and suffering is extensive. Unfortunately, oftentimes one’s losses do not stop there, as an injured worker’s economic losses can include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of pension
- Loss of annuity
- Loss of health benefits
- Loss of social security benefits
As for direct physical injuries, they may include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones (e.g. fractures of the legs, arms, shoulders, hips, ankles)
- Head trauma (e.g. brain injury, skull fractures, brain hemorrhaging)
- Full or partial paralysis (e.g. quadriplegia, paraplegia)
Additionally, injuries that are not readily apparent at the time of the accident can include: tears, strains and sprains, herniated and bulging discs, and nerve damage that over time may worsen to the point of requiring surgery.
As well, injured workers may experience accident-related emotional suffering in the form(s) of:
Depression: A mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
Anxiety: A nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A psychiatric disorder characterized by intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury as a result of a forklift-related accident, the last thing you need is bills piling up. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect your financial future right away by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers today.
Workers’ rights in the event of a forklift-related accident on a NYC construction site
Did you know that construction workers have special rights and protections offered to them by the law? That’s right, they do — especially in NYC!
In fact, pursuant to New York’s labor laws, building owners and contractors are responsible for providing “safe working conditions and safe places to work,” (New York State Department of Labor: § 23-1.3). Moreover, construction workers in New York and NYC must be provided with sufficient safety devices to perform their jobs, including, but not limited to, work materials and a controlled working environment. Failure to comply on any level, and the responsible party is liable for the construction worker’s sustained losses and harms.
This means that if you are injured by a forklift on a New York construction site, if the accident is in any way due to the building owners’, contractors’, or your employers’ failure to provide a safe work environment with appropriate tools/devices to perform the task at hand, they are at fault and you may be legally entitled to compensation.
For more information on this subject, please call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
What to do if you are injured in a forklift-related accident on a NYC construction site
If you or a loved one are injured, maimed, disabled, or killed as a result of forklift-related activities on a construction site, it is critical that you secure legal representation right away.
Do not give statements to anyone without first speaking to your lawyer. Do not speak to insurance agents before speaking to your lawyer, as anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you. Furthermore, it is imperative that you not accept any form of settlement, monetary or otherwise.
Remember: Insurance companies exist to make profits for their shareholders. What is best for them is a quick and easy way out. You can prevent this by politely telling them that you have retained a personal injury attorney and cannot speak to them.
Finding the attorney that’s right for YOU
However unique your case, you will want someone who specializes in construction-related injuries, has a proven track record in New York City, and who will fight for you every step of the way. In short: You want the best personal injury representation available.
For more than thirty-five years, Schwartzapfel Lawyers has successfully helped thousands of clients get the money and benefits they are entitled to. We are proud of our hundreds of 5-star Google Reviews and 99% client satisfaction record, and we have every incentive to get you the largest settlement or verdict possible, as quickly as possible, because if we don’t win your case you owe us nothing.
So if you or a loved one has suffered a forklift-related injury on a NYC construction site, take action today and call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED FORKLIFT ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN NEW YORK.
The attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. have provided aggressive – yet compassionate – legal guidance for many personal injury clients. With decades of experience, our attorneys are well prepared to handle all your legal needs. Time is of the essence for preserving valuable evidence and maximizing your chances of recovery.