Walking through New York City, it is not uncommon to be forced to walk under scaffolding through a construction site. There is the old joke that New York would be a great place if they ever finished building it. When it comes to the construction workers who are on the site, there are laws in place as to how they may go about seeking compensation if they are injured while on the job. There are very strict worker’s compensation laws and other laws which hold employers and owners accountable for certain types of injuries.
Pedestrian Safety near Construction Sites
If you are a pedestrian walking through the streets and you are injured while passing a construction site, you are not bound by the laws of the employees on the site. If there was negligence that led to the circumstances that led to your injury, you could seek compensation from the person, persons, or company that was responsible and negligent.
Construction sites are dangerous places. In New York City, with its narrow streets and small blocks, to account for the desired office and residential space, then the builders have to go up. As you go up, you need more specialized equipment such as cranes that will hoist heavy equipment and materials to the top levels of the structure.
Crane Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Since 2007 there have been at least five major crane accidents which led to several severe injuries and even fatalities. A Long Island City-based company that supplies cranes for constructions sites had 20 sites shut down after two of their cranes were involved in serious, and in one case, fatal accidents.
As pedestrians in New York, when a sidewalk is open, or you are presented with a detour through a construction site, there is a reasonable expectation that the walkway is safe to pass through. Even in cases that are not as serious as a collapsing crane, there have been cases where equipment or tools have been dropped without sufficient protection. The objects fell to the ground, causing injuries to passersby.
Walking through New York City is not for the faint of heart. There are taxis and busses all around, and crowds of pedestrians flow down a street like a wave in the ocean with people getting caught in the undertow. Even with all of that, the expectation is that the roads are safe to pass through with most New Yorkers not thinking twice about passing under scaffolding. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and people are injured while passing by construction sites.
Seek Medical Attention, then Call Marc Albert
Your priority is to get yourself checked by a doctor and take care of your health and your injuries. You may be contacted by an insurance company or one of their lawyers or representatives. Do not agree to or sign anything without speaking to your attorney first.
Marc Albert has vast experience working on cases that involve construction accidents. Marc Albert works on contingency. Contingency means that we do not get paid unless there is a settlement or a verdict on your case. Call us for a free consultation. There is no risk or cost to do so. Do not be intimidated by insurance companies to accept entirely inadequate compensation. You will speak with Marc directly, and he will be completely open with you regarding your case and your options. Call us today at 855-252-3788 and get the representation you deserve.