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A New York sanitation worker was seriously injured on the job June 1. The 26-year-old man was crushed between two vehicles when the sanitation truck he was riding on was rear-ended by a rental truck. According to CBS New York, he was pinned between the sanitation truck and the rental truck.
His injuries included a broken right leg and arm. His left leg, which was crushed above knee, was mangled so badly it almost had to be amputated.
Authorities believe the driver of the rental truck may have fallen asleep at the wheel, reported CBS News.
Sanitation work is incredibly dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) database, sanitation work ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in America.
Sanitation workers are exposed to hazards that may include broken glass, hypodermic needles, sharp garbage-can edges, speeding cars, toxic substances, and numerous other potentially dangerous elements.
Getting seriously injured while on the job can dramatically change a person’s life. The accident can also change the lives of that person’s loved ones. Workers’ compensation provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job, which helps them pay for medical expenses and other financial burdens associated with not being able to make an income.
New York workers’ compensation is designed to pay benefits for workers who have been injured on the job. It provides compensation for medical expenses and wage loss, as well as for full or partial disability. Injuries sustained as the result of a workplace accident can be compensated in accordance with New York State workers’ compensation benefits laws.
Even if an injured worker is receiving workers’ compensation benefits, he or she may be eligible for additional damages if a third party (someone other than an employer or coworker) caused the injuries. In this case, the driver of the rental truck appears to be liable for the accident and may be sued for negligence. If the accident occurred while the rental truck driver was performing work duties or doing something for his or her employer, there may be employer liability.
Work accidents often involve complex legal matters. Any individual with injuries sustained while in the course of work-related duties should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in New York to help them navigate the process.