New York City Personal Injury Law Blog

Exposure and Injury Law

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 in Construction Accidents

Sometimes, injury lawyers get cases that don’t fit the boundaries of what we commonly think of when we think about workplace injuries. When considering the “average” workplace injury, people tend to think of injuries that are immediately evident, such as contact with falling objects or a trip and fall accident where someone falls over materials and sustains injuries such as lacerations, bruises and broken bones.

Other types of injuries are more abstract, more comprehensive and come from much more subtle sources. Experienced injury attorneys know how to tackle these cases also by using different methods of fact-finding and documentation.

The Continual Aspect of Exposure

Some types of exposure can cause immediate injuries. For instance, consider the dangers of being exposed to bare wires on an electrical project, or the dangers of being exposed to vehicle traffic due to a combination of site limitations and lack of proper safety precautions.

But another major category of exposure involves a continual or gradual injury by way of exposure to potentially harmful chemicals or elements in the workplace.

Workers face these kinds of challenges and risks in a production environment, as well as out in the field on construction sites and during the course of renovation projects. To deal with these risks, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends a number of precautions, such as the use of personal protective equipment including:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Head coverings
  • Bodysuits where applicable

Where these and other precautions are not in place, workers can suffer. But with exposure, the results are usually not immediately manifested. These types of injuries happen over time, which is why lawyers have to document them differently and approach them from a different angle throughout court processes.

Timelines and Medical Evaluation

A timeline that includes benchmarked medical evaluation is going to be helpful in an exposure case. Lawyers will analyze evidence of a cause and effect chain, and seek proof related to the documentation of policies that were in place during a particular timeframe in certain business environments. This can be trickier in some cases than in others, but if a company never had certain precautions in place, it can be easier to make certain claims against that party.

Other things like the statute of limitations and the specific wording of local ordinances can also complicate these types of personal injury cases. Attorneys have to comply with the sometimes complex requirements of local courts and go through very specific processes to bring a case forward.

New York City Construction Accident Lawyers Can Help

Call the law offices of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff for help with a New York construction accident case or any other type of injury case. We have experience helping New York City residents pursue compensation for harm from a construction or workplace accident. We keep our clients informed through every step of the personal injury claim process.  Call us to discuss your case today.

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