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New York construction accident leaves one in critical condition

One would think that with all of the heightened awareness on workplace safety that employers would ensure that their work environments are free from hazards. Unfortunately, though, far too many employers either neglect their duties to ensure workplace safety, or they simply don't know how to sniff out all the potential issues that can arise. Although state and federal regulations aim to give guidance to these employers, sometimes they fail to adhere to them. Sometimes, too, despite all possible safety measures being taken, a workplace accident can still occur that leaves a worker with serious injuries.

One New York worker was recently injured at Pier 57, future home of an international food market imagined by famed chef Anthony Bourdain. According to reports, the worker was ejected by a malfunctioning construction elevator, causing him to be pinned between the elevator and a wall. The local fire department was able to free the man, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Investigators for the Department of Buildings descended on the site in the accident's aftermath, but there has yet to be a determination on what, exactly, caused the incident to occur.

This man, and others who have suffered on-the-job injuries, often have a hard time making ends meet after their accident. Why? Primarily because their injuries are so severe that they are unable to work, which means that many of these individuals cannot collect their wage. Additionally, during a time when they have no income and are unable to work, these injured workers often incur unexpected and extensive medical expenses. Taken together, these two losses can leave an individual and his or her family in a difficult financial spot.

Workers' compensation may be available for these individuals, provided that they can prove that they meet certain requirements. Sometimes workers' compensation claimants can face pushback, though, and failing to tackle it head-on can lead to a denial of benefits. Therefore, those who are concerned about their initial claim, as well as those who are looking to appeal a denied claim, may want to consider whether an attorney can provide them with beneficial assistance. In the event that workers' compensation does not fully cover an individual's damages, then his or her attorney may be able to help him or her pursue a third-party claim.

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