While some jobs in New York clearly are more dangerous than others, they all carry at least some degree of injury risk. Unfortunately, these injuries often lead to medical bills, lost income and a great deal of pain and suffering.
In many cases, injured workers may have the option of pursuing a personal injury claim against a negligent construction site owner or contractor or against another non-employer “third party” who caused their injuries.
If you have been hurt on the job in Albany, Syracuse or elsewhere in New York, you should fully explore your own options by contacting the work injury lawyers of Powers & Santola, LLP. We can provide a free evaluation of your case. Simply call or contact us online today to get started.
What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in New York?
Naturally, jobs that involve driving, working from heights and using tools, heavy equipment and complex machinery tend to be the most dangerous. Please see the list below. It features the industries with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in New York State, according to the latest annual figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It should come as no surprise to see transportation, construction and manufacturing at or near the top.
|Transportation and warehousing||4.2|
|Health care and assistance||3.8|
|Leisure and hospitality||2.8|
|Accommodation and food services||2.8|
However, as these stats show, injuries can crop up in any workplace. For instance, health care workers such as nurses and orderlies have the second-highest injury rate in New York. This is due, in part, to the fact that handling and moving patients can put tremendous strain on the neck, shoulders and back and readily lead to serious musculoskeletal injuries.
No matter what job you hold, you should never hesitate to learn more about your right to obtain benefits and other damages after you have been hurt on the job.
What Are Common New York Workplace Injuries?
Your injury risk depends on many factors, including the nature of your work as well as your age, lifestyle and previous health issues. The risk also depends on the type of training and safety equipment that your employer provides – or does not provide – to you and your co-workers.
According to the BLS, the following injuries have the highest incident rates in the U.S. across all industries (based on the number of injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time workers). These are the injuries that you face the greatest risk of suffering – regardless of your line of work.
|Sprains, strains and tears||40.2|
|Soreness, pain (including back)||19.1|
|Multiple traumatic injuries/disorders||3.1|
|Heat (thermal) burns||1.5|
|Carpal tunnel syndrome||0.7|
No matter what injury you suffer on the job, you should seek legal help right away if the injury has caused you to suffer physical, emotional and financial harm.
Seeking Personal Injury Damages After a Work Injury
The work injury attorneys of Powers & Santola, LLP, can review how you were hurt at work and help you to assess the options available to you. As stated above, these options may include:
- Construction-Related Labor Law Claims – Because they face unique injury risks, New York Labor Law provides special protections to workers in construction, renovation, demolition, excavation and painting. If you were engaged in one of these activities, you may sue a site owner, general contractor or their agents if their violation of New York Labor Law caused your injury.Because this is a type of personal injury claim – they are often called “third-party liability claims” – you ultimately could recover full damages for your lost income as well as pain and suffering damages.
- Other Third-Party Liability Claims – The ability to bring a third-party liability claim is not limited to construction workers. In fact, a worker in any industry may be able to sue a workplace owner, contractor or their agents based on a violation of New York Labor Laws that prohibit “dangerous conditions” at work sites.Also, if you were injured due to the negligence of a non-employer, non-co-worker, in any line of work, you may be able to seek personal injury damages. For instance, you may possibly bring a third-party liability claim against a negligent driver or the manufacturer of a defective tool or piece of equipment.
Contact a Work Injury Attorney Serving Albany and Syracuse
Since 1987, the work injury lawyers of Powers & Santola, LLP, have been dedicated to helping injured workers and their families in Albany, Syracuse and throughout New York – with a special focus on Labor Law and third-party liability claims. Please call or reach us online today to discuss how we can help you to seek the recovery you deserve.
Sources / More Information
- Nature of Injury Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Employer-Reported Workplace Injury and Illness Summary, BLS
- Incidence Rates of Non-Fatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by Industry and Case Types, New York, BLS
- The Risky Business of Nursing, Medscape