Construction Accidents with Dangerous Chemicals
The Jesse Minc Law Group is comprised of Bronx construction accident lawyers who help people injured in a wide variety of ways on the job fight for the full extent of compensation that they deserve, whether this involves a claim under the Labor Law or for workers’ compensation benefits, or a combination. Our clients include workers who have been seriously injured by exposure to dangerous chemicals on a construction site due to failures of those responsible to maintain a safe working environment and to provide workers with the proper safety equipment needed for adequate protection from construction safety hazards. We understand the stress that can come with being harmed at work. Our attorneys combine decades of experience and will tenaciously pursue compensation from all available sources following a construction accident with dangerous chemicals. We take the time to understand each client’s unique individual circumstances, and we have a strong history of successful results for the people whom we represent.
People who have worked on a construction site already know that work in the trades often poses a range of serious safety hazards, even if all of the appropriate safety precautions are taken. Handling, or being in the vicinity of, dangerous chemicals like alkali concentrates, acids and other solvents, adhesives, coatings and other concentrated products used on construction sites is quite often part of life on the job. The possibility of a spill, inhalation or direct contact with chemicals are risks that must be taken seriously, and those in positions of power on job sites are required to give their workers the safety equipment and tools to guard against these serious risks to life and limb. Risks to workers range from contraction of serious respiratory diseases to burns, blindness and other serious injuries that can leave a worker with a lifetime of pain, suffering, disability and medical bills if the proper safety precautions are not taken to protect them from these risks on the job.
In recognition of these serious risks associated with the handling and use of dangerous chemicals on construction sites, New York State has passed several laws designed to ensure the safety of workers, and to place the onus to provide the proper safety measures and equipment where it belongs: on the shoulders of the owners and general contractors of job sites who hold the power on construction sites and who are thus in the best position to ensure worker safety. In the context of accidents involving dangerous chemicals Labor Law Section 241(6) provides special protections to workers through Industrial Code Rules 23-1.7, 23-1.8 and 23-1.9, which, collectively, require that workers be provided with proper protective equipment (e.g., face shields, Tyvek suits, goggles, gloves and proper footwear), as well as washing facilities to mitigate the effects of exposure to dangerous chemicals on the job. If the owners and general contractors fail to comply with these important rules, and a worker is injured due to exposure to dangerous chemicals, they will be held responsible to compensate the worker for the full amount of his or her damages in a construction accident lawsuit.
Our attorneys have successfully obtained millions of dollars in compensation for workers who have been injured due to failures to provide these important safety measures regarding dangerous chemicals. Contact us today at (718) 354-8000 to learn whether or not your construction accident case qualifies for the important protections of the Labor Law.Pursuing Compensation for Illnesses and Injuries Caused by Chemical Exposure
If you have been injured as a result of a construction accident with dangerous chemicals, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible. The compensation typically available in New York personal injury cases includes money for medical bills, lost income, and any reduction in your future earning capacity resulting from the injury or illness. You can potentially seek pain and suffering damages as well. In the tragic case that a person in the Bronx or elsewhere in New York City dies as a result of an injury or illness from exposure to chemicals, his or her spouse may have the right to seek compensation for the victim’s death.
New York law requires construction companies to maintain work sites in a reasonably safe manner. The law additionally requires construction companies to take certain specific steps to help ensure the safety of workers doing their jobs at elevation and people performing excavation and demolition tasks.
To get money damages for a construction accident with dangerous chemicals, you will need to show that the company knew or should have known about the threat of chemical exposure but failed to take adequate steps to address it. You also need to prove that you were exposed to a specific chemical that directly caused you to contract an illness or otherwise be injured.Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Many construction site injuries are also covered by workers’ compensation benefits plans. This form of insurance compensates workers for medical bills and at least some missed wages. To obtain them, you need to show that your injury or illness “arose out of” your work.Get Advice from a Construction Accident Attorney in the Bronx
The construction injury lawyers at the Jesse Minc Law Group are dedicated to helping clients get back on their feet after an injury on the job. Our attorneys have been successful in getting compensation or benefits, or both, in more than 95 percent of our cases so far. We limit the cases that we accept so that we can ensure personalized attention for each and every client. Our lawyers are also ready to assist injured workers with obtaining Medicaid and Medicare payments if they are eligible. We offer free consultations and can assist victims and families throughout Greater New York City, including in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. We usually do not charge a fee in our construction injury cases unless we are successful. Call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online. Se habla español.