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Construction workers' accidents responsible for injuries

Each morning, men and women across New York wake up, get dressed and leave for work. While these mundane tasks are being performed, thoughts of the evening's dinner or perhaps weekend plans come to mind. Little thought is given to the fact that yet another of the many construction workers' accidents that occur each year could have a drastic impact on these future plans and the lives of those involved.

An unoccupied row house was the scene of one of the latest such accidents. As a group of workers were performing their daily job on the second floor of the three-story building, debris from the roof began to crash down upon them. In the end, six workers were injured.

Reports indicate that an excessive number of concrete blocks had been placed on the roof. In addition, the row home had a history of water damage concerns dating back to 2009. This combination of issues apparently led to the collapse and the injuries that the workers suffered. The Department of Buildings did report to the accident site to assess the row home and its structural soundness in an effort to determine whether it would afford a safe working environment.

Construction workers' accidents can have serious or even fatal consequences for those injured. While workers' compensation will often come into play, there are times when the expertise provided by a personal injury attorney can be of great benefit. Navigating the world of insurance companies, paperwork and the New York court system can appear daunting and, in many circumstances, grounds may exist for civil claims apart from the workers' comp process.

Source: abc7ny.com, "6 construction workers injured in roof collapse at house in Crown Heights, Brooklyn", Oct. 17, 2017

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