The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the country. The State of New York has strong worker protection laws designed to protect construction workers from common injuries such as falls from scaffolds, falls from elevated heights, falling objects and other construction site dangers. Unfortunately, many construction companies ignore these safety rules to try to save time and money resulting in workers getting injured while on the job.
When construction workers are injured due to the fault of their employers, the law allows them to sue to recover monetary compensation for their injuries. The compensation for injured workers can often be in the hundreds of thousands and even in the millions of dollars depending on the severity of the injury. Injured workers also have the right to Worker’s Compensation benefits that pay for their medical and hospital bills, medical equipment, physical therapy, medications, lost earnings as well as future expenses related to their injuries.
Often construction companies and employers will threaten injured workers by using their immigration status to force them to stay quiet and not seek the compensation for their injuries. The fact is that your immigration status does not matter. All injured worker, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to the same protections under New York State’s laws. This means that an injured worker can sue for compensation of his/her injuries and to obtain Worker’s Compensation benefits regardless of his/her immigration status. It cannot be held against them.
The attorneys at Rosenberg & Rodriguez, PLLC, are experienced in construction site accident cases and can help protect all your legal rights. If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction site accident, please call us right away for a free consultation.