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Engineer Falls to Death during Aqueduct Bridge Inspection

Engineer Falls to Death during Aqueduct Bridge Inspection

An overview of the construction accident fall

An engineer fell 140 feet to his death while inspecting the Aqueduct Bridge on January 15. He fell from the top of the span and landed next to the Metro North train tracks below.

Paul Schisler, a 54 year-old employee of Schiavone Construction, was part of a crew preparing the bridge for major walkway renovations. The rehabilitation of the span, also known as the High Bridge, will lead to it reopening for pedestrians and bicyclists.

More details about the circumstances leading up to his fall are unreported.

In the New York Daily News, a construction worker said Schisler was “nice” and “smart.” He was also quoted as saying, “How do you tell a mother and kids their father isn’t coming home?” Too often families of construction workers are faced with such tragedies.

Workers’ compensation claims for workplace deaths

Despite strict regulations and laws pertaining to work safety, devastating accidents still occur. Injuries at work can dramatically change a person’s life, as well as the lives of those who are closest to them. Workers’ compensation provides benefits to workers who are injured, fatally or otherwise, on the job. This type of compensation helps cover medical expenses and/or other financial burdens associated with lost income.

Workers’ compensation death benefits help soften the tragic death of a loved one, allowing family members to process their grief and manage the bills on their own. New York State workers’ compensation death benefits may include partial income replacement and reasonable funeral expenses. New York workers’ compensation death benefits are specified by law.

Acquiring New York workers’ compensation death benefits

Work accidents often involve complex legal matters. In the event of a worker’s death, there are strict time limits in making a claim for death benefits. Anyone whose spouse, parent, or other loved one died as the result of a workplace accident should contact a New York workers’ compensation lawyer to help them navigate the process.

According to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, the weekly cash benefit paid if a worker dies from an injury sustained at work is equal to two-thirds of the deceased worker’s average weekly salary for the year before the fatal accident. The weekly compensation will not surpass the weekly maximum no matter how many dependents are in the family. Lawyers at The Perecman Firm have extensive knowledge and experience in this area of law.


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