New York jobs involving agriculture, commercial fishing or heavy equipment and machinery are inherently more dangerous than other jobs, such as working as a clerk or in an office. Most jobs, however, carry some type of risk for personal injury. If you’re a construction worker, you happen to be employed in one of the most dangerous industries of all.
Proper training and safety equipment are intended to help you and coworkers stay safe on all construction sites. As long as there is human error, however, there will always be a possibility for on-the-job accidents to occur. If you suffer injury in a construction accident, you might not be able to return to work for a long time, perhaps, even permanently, in which case, you might encounter some serious financial challenges as you strive to make ends meet at home.
Does your family depend on you as a breadwinner?
If you were the primary or sole income earner in your household before your construction accident took place, your family may begin to struggle financially almost immediately. Following a New York construction accident, you have three years in which to file a claim to collect benefits that can help cover your medical expenses and your family’s financial needs. If you wait longer than three years, however, you’ll no longer be eligible to file a claim.
Where to seek strong support during your recovery
In addition to your medical team and loved ones, it’s often helpful to connect with an experienced legal support team following a construction accident in the workplace. Gregory P. Haegele, PLLC, is dedicated to providing such support to New York families who have lost wages in their household due to a family member’s workplace injuries. Working closely with an experienced attorney helps ensure that your loved one will get a fair settlement.