Similar construction accidents are usually fatal
A construction worker in China survived a fall out a fifth-story hotel window, according to KTLA.
As seen on surveillance video, the man landed on the sidewalk face-first. He was still for a moment then, suddenly and surprisingly, the man moved. Onlookers helped him stand and go back into the hotel.
What to do after a construction accident
After a construction accident occurs, a worker should immediately stop work and report the incident to a supervisor. If injuries are not reported in writing right after the accident occurs, there is a chance that an injured employee may not receive compensation of any type.
Workers who have been in an accident should see a doctor as soon as they can after the initial investigation of the construction accident, even if they feel that their injuries are minor or non-existent. Oftentimes, people do not feel pain right after an accident, and they may only experience stiffness and-or slight pain the next day. Pain can sometimes take weeks to truly become apparent and, even, debilitating. A doctor can document injuries and prescribe needed treatment.
If the injury is serious, a worker should contact a personal injury lawyer to help them receive workers’ compensation.
Call a New York construction accident lawyer following a jobsite accident
Under New York law, workers’ compensation is typically the only remedy a worker has against an employer for injuries sustained on the job. However, additional compensation may be obtained in a lawsuit against a negligent third party who contributed to the workplace accident.
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, which are filed with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, a third party lawsuit is filed in civil court. Third party compensation can include damages for present and future lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
Contact a New York construction accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm if you’ve been injured at a building site.