Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP

Despite all the rules, regulations and safety precautions of the modern era, construction sites still pose a high risk of injury to workers as well as bystanders. Recently in New York, a worker was injured in an odd construction site accident. That worker may now be entitled to workers' compensation benefits as well as a personal injury suit in our state.

Around 3:30 p.m., a team of construction workers was working on a construction project for a subway train on the Upper East Side of New York City. One worker was working approximately 100 feet below the surface where another part of the construction site project was ongoing. The circumstances surrounding the event are unclear at this time, but a piece of equipment somehow fell and hit the worker.

The equipment reportedly hit the man's leg, and his coworkers were unable to assist him on their own. A crane had to be placed near the hole, and the man had to be lifted out using a harness. He then had to be transported to an area hospital for immediate treatment.

While the extent of his injury is unknown, often leg injuries may worsen over time, especially with the repeated stress of work. It is likely that the man will be unable to work for a certain amount of time as he recovers, but an injury like this one may hinder his ability to perform the same tasks as he used to. Not only could the worker file for worker's compensation benefits for being injured in a construction site accident while on the job, but also, if any third party -- such as the manufacturer of the equipment or another person or entity -- caused or contributed to the accident, he might file a personal injury suit. If successful, the suit could result in compensation for him for damages such as lost wages and medical bills if his condition worsens.

Source:, Upper East Side Construction Accident  Leaves Worker Injured, , Aug. 20, 2014