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New York Jobsite Accidents Are Increasing

Jobsite accidents throughout New York City increased by 31 percent between 2011 and 2012. injuries caused by these accidents rose 46% as well. It is no coincidence that the NYC Buildings Department cut inspections of worksites by 40 percent throughout the period up to the end of 2012. Richard C. Jaffe Esq. at the Law Offices of Cohen and Jaffe in New York and Long Island have seen an increase in personal injury claims from workers who have been involved in a worksite accident.

The latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Labor Metropolitan Area which, includes Long Island and New Jersey, on fatalities at construction sites revealed construction fatalities jumped from 28 to 40 between 2010 and 2011. A whole series of different types of avoidable accidents take place when workers fall or are struck by materials that have fallen from above. Tools and other site equipment are often the culprits in accidents as well especially if those operating them have insufficient skills or training to handle equipment safely. Scaffolding often collapses, walls disintegrate, complete buildings can collapse.

Only a few days ago a second accident took place on Newburgh-Beacon Bridge which injured a worker and caused work to be suspended. Officials representing the New York State Bridge Authority revealed that Renalto Amarel, aged 46 years from Newark, N.J., was injured while undertaking work beneath the bridge deck. The first incident at the site happened less than four weeks ago when two workers nearly fell into the river. Thankfully, safety harnesses saved them from serious injury. The cause and nature of Amarel’s injuries have not yet been revealed, but work on the bridge has been suspended while investigations take place.

Throughout New York City, anyone who is injured in an accident that was not their fault is entitled to file a claim for compensation against the person, company or government agency which can be identified as having caused their injury. Workers are entitled to workers’ compensation if injured in a workplace. However, the money never fully compensates for the financial hardship caused by the accident. Some injuries, such as back and brain injuries, can result in many years of suffering and often full recovery fails to take place. The accident victim’s family suffers as much from the long term effects of persistent or chronic injuries of an accident victim. It is not just the financial hardship, but the pain and suffering endured if you have been injured. The necessity to find ways of alleviating long term pain often means regular visits to your physician for treatment and the associated medical costs that goes with this.

If you, or a member of your family, has been injured in an accident whether it is on a New York highway, in a workplace or even due to medical malpractice then you should contact the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe LLP at their office in Long Island for a free consultation. They have years of experience handling personal injury claims for those victims of accidents that were not their fault. As the law office works on a contingency fee basis there is no need to pay any fees until the compensation payment has been received by you. You can guarantee that their team of lawyers will fight vigorously on your behalf to secure a payment that will cover all the financial hardships incurred as a result of your injuries.

Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe LLP at 2001 Marcus Avenue, Suite W295, Lake Success, NY 11042 toll free on 516-358-6900 for effective and professional legal representation.

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