Accidents from Falling Objects at the Work Site
New York law provides extra protection for workers injured because some object fell from a height at the work site. The same law that provides protection for workers involved in Ladder and Scaffold Accidents allows workers to sue the owner and general contractor at the construction site when they are injured by an object that fell from a height. The owner and general contractor have an absolute obligation to secure such objects and/or provide protection from falling objects, such as safety nets or the use of cables to secure objects so that they do not fall.
While medical bills paid and lost wages are paid by workers compensation insurance, that is not enough to adequately compensate the injured worker for the injuries received. Workers compensation insurance limits the amount of lost wages to a statutory maximum. If the worker is a union member or part of a skilled trade, the lost wages are much higher than that workers compensation limit. Workers compensation does not pay for the pain and suffering associated with these injuries. It is usually necessary to sue owner and general contractor to obtain the optimum recovery for these injuries.
Norman M. Block, P.C. has over 25 years of experience representing injured workers. We will aggressively represent you in the lawsuit against the owner and general contractor. Generally these parties will attempt to find other parties and insurance companies among the many contractors and subcontractors on the job site, complicating the lawsuit. We will be with you every step of the way, including trying to reduce the workers compensation lien which gives the insurance company the right to recover the amounts it paid from the settlement. If you have been injured on a job site because an object fell on you, call the law offices of Norman M. Block, P.C. today.