Knee & Ankle Injuries In Construction Sites in New York, NY
Construction work is physical labor that often requires a great deal of movement, turning, bending and lifting. Many different construction accidents can occur while on the job, and knee injuries or ankle injuries are a common — and disabling — result.
If you are one of the New York City construction workers injured involved in a construction accident that causes knee injuries or ankle injuries, David Resnick & Associates, PC, are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Our Manhattan knee and ankle injury lawyers are skilled at evaluating construction accident claims and can help you determine whether the negligence of a third party caused or contributed to your injuries. We also can help if you were a nonemployee injured while visiting a New York construction site.
Call our New York knee and ankle construction injury lawyers today at 877-815-6053 or use our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case. David Resnick & Associates, PC, represents construction accident victims throughout New York City, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.
How Do Knee or Ankle Injuries Occur on a Construction Site?
Knee and ankle injuries can occur as a result of a construction accident that results in an acute injury. According to the Liberty Mutual Safety Index, the top five causes of workplace injuries include:
- Overexertion injuries from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing. Overexertion injuries were the No. 1 cause of disabling work-related injuries in 2009.
- Falls on the same level (a slip or trip and fall, for example). These may occur as a result of debris at the construction site, unlevel ground or hidden holes.
- Falls to a lower level. Falls from scaffolding or ladders are a common occurrence at construction sites.
- Bodily reactions caused by bending, climbing, loss of balance or slipping without a fall.
- Being struck by an object. Objects may fall on you from above or other workers may accidentally strike you on the construction site.
All of these causes of workplace injuries are a real risk at New York City construction sites and are likely to result in damage to the ankle or knee that ranges from mild to significant. Tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon), tearing, sprains, strains and fractures to the knees or ankles can all result from these work-related injuries.
Treatment for knee injuries and ankle injuries may range from rest and icing to surgery or confinement to a cast. In many cases, the treatment will severely limit your ability to work and provide for your family until fully recovered. This all comes at a serious cost. Falls on the same level cost $7.94 billion in workers’ compensation costs in 2009; falls to a lower level cost $5.35 billion; bodily reactions cost $5.28 billion; and being struck by an object cost $4.64 billion, according to Liberty Mutual.
Because of the repetitive lifting and other stresses often repeatedly placed on the body on a construction site, repetitive stress injuries may also cause both knee or ankle injuries to construction workers. Repetitive motion injuries are also on the Liberty Mutual list of top 10 injuries and cost $1.97 billion in workers’ compensation costs in 2009.
These different causes of injuries occur all too frequently at construction sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 6,640 knee injuries in the construction sector in 2010, and 5,220 ankle injuries in 2010 that were severe enough to prompt days away from work.
What You Need to Know About NY Knee & Ankle Injuries
While construction injuries can harm the knees of anyone on a construction site, individuals in certain trades are more prone to knee injuries. Carpet layers, for instance, are at special risk, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning regarding serious injuries that can occur when installers use a knee kicker to install carpet. The CDC cautions that while kneeling is unavoidable, carpet layers should use a power stretcher instead of a knee kicker and should make use of protective gear when kneeling.
Other construction workers with a high risk of knee injuries and ankle injuries include masons, plumbers, carpenters, framers, roofers, insulators and tile setters. Anyone who performs tasks that involve frequent stopping, kneeling or squatting is at special risk for knee injuries.
How Can a New York City Construction Injury Lawyer Help Me?
A knee or ankle injury could mean:
- Lower income and/or loss of career and cash flow
- Loss of quality time with your family
- Chronic pain
You deserve compensation for these losses. When a third party, such as a project or site manager, property owner, general contractor or material supplier violates the federal or state regulations protecting construction workers, that third party could be responsible for providing the compensation you need.
If you’ve suffered a knee or ankle injury on a New York City construction site, call David Resnick & Associates, PC, now. Our Manhattan construction injury lawyers can be reached at 877-815-6053 or you can use our online contact form to schedule a free evaluation of your claim.