Long Island Construction Site Accident Lawyer

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Workplace injuries, legally defined as injuries “that arise out of and in the course of gainful employment”, have been on the rise in recent years, in spite of increased safety regulation and awareness of potential hazards. Many of these injuries occur in construction zones and can keep injured workers off the job for weeks and even months. If you live in Long Island, Nassau County, or Suffolk County and have been injured on the job at a construction site, contact Divins & Divins, PC to see if you are eligible for worker’s compensation or additional remuneration due to workplace negligence.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for Compensation?

Much of this depends on your contract, but typically, if you are hurt while performing a job related task, you are eligible for worker’s compensation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets specific workplace safety standards that employers are expected to follow. Employers who fail to comply with these standards can be held liable for additional payment.

Currently OSHA is trying to increase awareness of the “Focus Four Hazards”, the most common reasons construction workers are injured. If your injury is the result of a fall, being caught in or between something, being struck by something, or being electrocuted, your workplace may have been in violation of OSHA standards.

What About Unreported Injuries?

Due to the increased regulation and inspections that result from reported workplace injuries, and the fact that employees can lose special perks for an injury occurrence, many workers and employees fail to report workplace injuries. Some people hurt on the job are pressured to not report the injury, especially if it doesn’t seem to be major. But failure to report a workplace incident properly can make it harder to get the injury benefits you deserve from your employer. And if your employer has been negligent about workplace safety, not reporting your injury could lead to future incidents and additional lost compensation. The longer you go without reporting a workplace injury, the harder it becomes to prove that restitution is deserved.

The laws regarding worker’s compensation can be hard to sort out at times. But at Divins & Divins, PC, we are dedicated to making sure that if you have been injured while working at a construction site you get the compensation you’re due. So if you live in Long Island, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, contact us today to see what we can do for you.