Ironworking is one of the most important and most dangerous jobs in construction. These fearless laborers work from nosebleed altitudes to erect the metal beams that compose New York City’s iconic skyline. With such dangerous and physically demanding job duties, there is a high risk of occupational injury.
Like virtually all other employees in NYC, ironworkers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits when they get hurt on the job. While this system is designed to simplify the work injury compensation process, in practice it can be fairly complicated. Many injured workers encounter unexpected roadblocks and struggle to receive the full benefits they’re entitled to.
Employers may dispute your claim by arguing that your injury was not related to your job duties or that it resulted from a preexisting condition. Insurance companies make their profits by denying claims, so they will look for any technicality which could deny you your benefits.
Fortunately, having an experienced NYC ironworker injury lawyer to guide you through the process can help you receive maximum financial compensation with few complications. At Banville Law, our knowledgeable workers' compensation attorneys know how the workers’ compensation system works. We know how to deal with obstructive employers and greedy insurance companies. And we’re prepared to help you fight for the compensation you need and rightfully deserve.
In most American workplaces, workers’ compensation is the only option available for financial assistance after a work-related injury. However, liability for construction site injuries is more complex. Unlike an office workplace, many of these job sites involve workers with different employment situations. There may be one company handling the ironwork duties, while several independent contractors and subcontractors work with them in other roles.
If someone with a different employer acts negligently and causes an injury, the injured party could hold them liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Examples include property owners, architects, and equipment manufacturers. Determining liability for construction site accidents is much more complex than liability in other work injury cases. It’s usually necessary to enlist the guidance of an experienced work injury attorney who can investigate your claim and determine who was responsible.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit will not affect your ability to receive workers’ compensation. These claims are separate from work benefits and are meant to provide additional compensation for non-economic expenses, such as pain and suffering.
Construction is widely known as one of America’s dangerous industries, and ironworkers have one of the highest injury rates across all industries. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 ironworkers ranked 5th in fatal injury rates.
In such a dangerous occupation, it’s vital to stress the importance of following safety rules. Many of these injuries and deaths could be avoided if worksites were run more safely. The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union (AFL-CIO) has identified the following as the most deadly occupational hazards for ironworkers:
Remember that workers’ compensation benefits are available for any injury or illness which was caused by your job duties. This includes both accidental injuries and slowly building ones, as well as occupational illnesses due to toxic exposure.
In order to give yourself the best chance of recovering the full compensation you’re entitled to, we recommend hiring an experienced work injury lawyer. Legal counsel will be useful throughout the process of filing a claim for benefits. A respected attorney can help you get through the process quickly without facing resistance from your employer’s insurance carrier. If your claim has been denied, your lawyer can help you get through the appeals process.
Additionally, he or she can determine if you qualify for other forms of benefits like Social Security disability, and if you have a solid personal injury case against a negligent third party. If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal ironworker accident, our legal counsel is here to help you pursue a wrongful death claim.
Because nearly every ironworker is employed in the construction industry, these cases are usually complex. It will often require a thorough legal review of your case in order to uncover all possible options for compensation.
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