The truth may be difficult to hear and even more difficult to understand, but we are going to tell you anyway. You, and your family, have already lost so much. You deserve to know what comes next.
The time has come to talk about injured construction workers and depression. Construction workers may typically be men and they generally think of themselves as "tough" guys. Yet, assuming we take that to be true, it is important to remember that even the most macho construction workers are people. They have feelings and those feelings can easily lead to depression after a serious New York construction accident.
During the last quarter of 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released information about fatal work injuries in New York City during 2012. While we've seen another year come and go since these New York City work fatalities occurred, they are important to review now. We owe it to those who died, to their families, and to current workers, to understand what went wrong and how such accidents and fatalities can be prevented in 2014 and beyond.
This may come as no surprise, but we can't predict the future. We can't tell you when you, or another Newark construction worker, may be at risk of suffering a serious or fatal accident injury.
Prior to your injury, you knew people who had suffered serious eye injuries. You thought about how difficult blindness, or partial blindness, might be and you sympathized with those who no longer had vision. Yet, you couldn't really understand what their lives were like until you suffered your own cement eye injury on a New York City construction site.
From a young age we are taught that there are two sides to every story, but that doesn't mean that we have to support both sides of every story. Sometimes, as may be the case with the New York scaffold law, it is possible to either support the law as it is or support its amendment or repeal. Before you can make an informed decision about where you stand, however, you need to understand the arguments for and against the current law that allows New York construction workers injured in scaffolding accidents to recover for falls even if they were negligent or caused their own injuries.
A fatal scaffolding accident is a tragic event that no one is ready for. Helping the youngsters in our lives deal with grief and loss can be difficult. Reaching out to other supportive family members and good friends can help ease your burden.