An ironworker at the Sept. 11 memorial construction site in New York was hospitalized with hip and arm injuries after he fell 20 feet while at work, according to this Associated Press news report. Guido Castro was apparently on a break when he slipped on metal decking and fell one level. Castro was wearing a safety harness, but it was not hooked because he was taking a break. Castro suffered shoulder, hip and arm injuries. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is investigation this on the job injury.
Every year, thousands of construction workers are killed or seriously injured while working at various construction sites. In New York and New Jersey, where high-rise construction goes on all the time, fatalities and injuries from falls are extremely common. These construction workers face a terrible risk of injury or death every single day they wear their hard hats and go to work. New Jersey construction accidents occur even though state and federal regulations require owners, general contractors and sub-contractors to implement a variety of safety measures.
Construction workers who are injured on the job would be well-served to seek skilled legal representation to make sure their legal rights are protected and to ensure that they have someone on their side protecting their financial interests. Injured workers in New Jersey are covered by state workers compensation benefits, but that is hardly enough to compensate these workers for the types of injuries they suffer. There is potential for more compensation, especially where there is negligence on the part of a third party – and often, that is the case. The skilled New Jersey workers compensation attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein are experienced in work related accidents and personal injury claims. We can help you receive New Jersey workers compensation benefits as well as reimbursement for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and future loss of wages. Call us today for a free consultation.