After a serious injury on the job, many workers feel bored and isolated. Social media can be a gateway to the outside world. Social media has become so pervasive that we often post without a second thought. When you're involved in a legal case, however, that can be dangerous.
So far, New York has seen twice as many construction-related fatalities in 2018 than the same time frame in 2017. While four people died on construction sites in the Big Apple in 2017, this year has seen eight fatalities so far, according to the NYC Department of Buildings.
There is no disputing the fact that construction workers should have safe work environments. These men and women face hazards on a daily basis that most people will never encounter. And yet, they are often subjected to egregious work conditions that can lead to serious injuries or fatalities.
Getting hurt at work can mean a sudden stop to your standard daily routine. You may have been used to taking care of yourself and working full time every day. After your injury, you may not be able to return to work. Spinal injuries, broken bones, head injuries and even soft tissue injuries could keep you from safely completing the tasks involved with your job. In some cases, you may require help with daily self care as well.
Workers in industries such as construction and engineering have a high risk of becoming severely injured while at work in the state of New York. While there are laws in place to protect workers who become permanently disabled, unfortunately, many workers do not realize the extent of the benefits to which they are entitled when their injury occurred in the workplace.
If you're a full-time worker in the state of New York, chances are that you benefit from workers' compensation coverage. As such, if you suffer a job-related injury, you can receive money to pay for your medical care, wage-replacement benefits, job training, temporary and permanent disability benefits and more depending on the details and extent of your work-related injuries.
Employers enjoy a significant amount of protection from workers' compensation insurance, in addition to the protections that it offers to employees. In most cases, employees receive benefits from their workers' compensation claim, but they may not pursue another lawsuit against the employer, shielding the employer from a much larger potential loss.
In 1999 I won lifetime benefits for a dye and ink mixer named Jimmy Blackwell (not his real name) who had hurt his back in 1993. In 2017, Jimmy's wife visited me to report that he had died of pulmonary fibrosis. Jimmy hadn't worked in many decades, so I advised his wife that it would be a long-shot, at best, to relate his pulmonary fibrosis to his occupational exposure as an ink mixer decades earlier for the purpose of winning benefits for her. Nevertheless, I took on the case, warning Mrs. Blackwell that it would take years for a decision.
A laceration is a cut, but it's much more than a simple, small injury that can heal on its own. Many lacerations are deep enough to require stitches and potentially surgery to close the wound. Depending on how it was caused, a laceration may have a high risk of infection, which makes it even more complicated.
Three years ago, Tom Dooley (not his real name) had his life turned upside-down when he fell from a ladder, suffering multiple painful and debilitating injuries.