In Brooklyn and throughout New York, construction is a part of daily life. There are always buildings being erected and maintenance and repairs are being done. This is a boon to the economy and provides jobs to skilled workers, whether they work directly for a construction company or are contractors. However, the benefits do not eliminate the dangers faced by people who do this type of physical labor. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, whether it is due to a company mishap or employee negligence. When there is an accident and workers suffer personal injury or death, understanding the next step is critical when seeking compensation in a lawsuit.
According to a recent report, a man working construction died when sheet metal fell from above and hit him. The man and three members of his family – a son and two brothers – were working on the site. The 44-year-old was declared dead at the site. A condominium is being constructed and the sheet metal crashed down as a forklift was hoisting it. The machine, operated manually, tipped over. It is unknown if the person who was working the forklift was licensed to do so. The construction site is being investigated by inspectors for the city. Work has stopped for the time being. The man who died is believed to have been working for a subcontractor on the project.
Construction work is rewarding, but is can be dangerous. There is heavy equipment, workers are stationed at great heights, the weather can be problematic and an immense level of trust is put in others to make sure everything is done safely. When falling objects fall from above, there is little for people below to do. When they are hit, it can cause severe personal injury with accompanying medical expenses and lost time at work, if they are lucky enough to survive. When there is a fatality, the family will have a great many issues to consider as they seek to move forward. With funeral expenses, lost wages and lost contributions, a legal filing is frequently the only method to be adequately compensated.
For those consider a personal injury case after losing a loved one in a construction accident, getting the right information about construction accident law is crucial.