We Fight to Obtain Damages for Surviving Loved Ones After a Construction Accident Wrongful Death
Construction is a dangerous industry, but, if employers take the right precautions, construction workers should be safe and healthy while on the job. Yet, more than one-fifth of all workplace deaths occur in construction each year. These tragic accidents leave behind distraught families, many who face financial hardship in addition to their personal losses. However, working with knowledgeable work related injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Turley Redmond & Rosasco has nearly three decades of experience assisting construction workers and their families with damages recovery. We conduct a full assessment to determine your rights to wrongful death damages, workers’ compensation death benefits and other types of benefits. We know this is a difficult time for you and do all we can to shoulder the legal burden while you grieve your loss.
Workers’ Compensation for Family Members
Workers’ compensation insurance covers construction workers who are injured or killed while on the job. The New York-mandated insurance program pays death benefits and funeral expenses to the surviving spouse, children, parents or the estate of the worker killed in a construction accident.
Damages for Wrongful Death
New York Scaffold Law makes an important exception to the general workers’ compensation rule that prevents workers from recovering from their employers for their injuries. Under this unique NY law, you can hold your loved one’s employer and the owner of the property liable for the fatal injuries that occurred on the construction site. You are, thus, able to recover important damages, including:
- Lost wages your loved one would have earned in the future
- Lost benefits your loved one was entitled to in the future
- Lost love, companionship, friendship, guidance and advice
- Lost household, childcare and other services
- Pain and suffering
The “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) refers to the four most common causes of construction site deaths as the “fatal four”. These accidents accounted for 602 deaths and thousands of injuries in 2015, including:
- Falls – Resulted in 364 deaths, equal to 38.8 percent of construction accident fatalities
- Being struck by an object – Resulted in 90 deaths, equal to 9.6 percent
- Electrocution – Resulted in 81 deaths, which accounts for 8.6 percent of construction site deaths
- Being caught in or in between objects – Caused 67 deaths, representing 7.2 percent of construction site fatalities
Being caught in or in between objects includes accidents in which the worker becomes entrapped in equipment or is crushed by collapsing structures, materials or equipment. OSHA reports that all of these accidents are preventable if proper procedures and safety standards are followed.
Our goal in pursuing a wrongful death claim is twofold: We help you recover your rightful damages for your losses as we advocate for the reduction of construction accident deaths to zero.
Consult With Our Work Related Injury Attorneys for Assistance Filing a Wrongful Death Claim and Recovering Compensation
Turley Redmond & Rosasco holds your loved one’s employer accountable for his or her workplace death. Our work related injury attorneys offer a free case assessment so you can learn more about your options for recovery. Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.