One of the types of materials construction workers can end up handling in their work is drywall. Sometimes, injury-causing construction accidents occur in relation to drywall handling. Examples of drywall-handling-related injuries that can happen include fall injuries and overexertion injuries.

The details of a given drywall accident can have significant implications on the legal situations of the workers harmed in the accident. For example, things like what parties were involved in the accident, what materials/equipment were involved in the accident, what things caused the accident and what specific type the accident falls under could influence what kinds of routes for pursuing compensation a worker might have. Skilled construction accident attorneys can provide workers injured in drywall accidents at construction sites with help pinning down the details of their accident and with explanations of what their overall legal position is given the accident’s details.

Drywall safety at construction sites is another thing where the specifics and little details matter greatly. This is because many different things can impact the likelihood of accidents occurring in relation to drywall handling. Some examples include:

  • What policies are present at the construction site when it comes to drywall handling.
  • What sort of equipment is provided to workers for drywall handling and installation.
  • What information workers are given on the drywall they are working with, including what information they have on the drywall’s weight.
  • What training the workers have on safe drywall handling.
  • How drywall and materials/equipment related to its handling/installation are stored at the construction site.

One hopes that companies involved in constriction pay appropriate attention to all relevant safety details when it comes to drywall-related work operations done at their work sites.

I install drywall for a living and hurt my back on a recent job, but my employer is saying he shouldn’t have to pay because it is likely a cumulative injury. Can I still recover damages for my drywall injury in New York City?

Yes, you may still be able to recover damages for your drywall injury in New York City even if your injury was not acute but rather because of the cumulative effect of your work. As a drywaller, you are at risk of suffering injuries that are caused by the cumulative effect of your work. The repeated motions of cutting and hanging drywall and the awkward positions in which you must work or stretch to reach your workspace may eventually cause you back pain and keep you from doing your job.

Protecting Your Rights and Seeking Compensation

If this has happened to you then you may be able to recover for your medical expenses and for a portion of your lost income. An experienced New York City construction injury lawyer can make sure that your rights are protected and that you get the recovery that you deserve even if your employer is not intent on paying you for your injuries.

You do not have to suffer in silence, nor do you have to accept the word of your employer. Instead, please get the help that you deserve by contacting us at 800-362-9329 after your drywall injury in New York City.

Source: Safety+Health, “Handling drywall safely,” Dec. 20, 2013

Timothy F. Schweitzer
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Personal injury lawyer specializing in maritime, construction and railroad injury claims.
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