What are the most important things to consider as a construction worker if I’m injured on the job?
Well, if you’re a construction worker, you are a union member of the building trades, and you’re injured on the job, I think it’s important to distinguish and interchangeably define what a construction worker could be. It’s not always typically a construction worker that you figure with a hard hat, working on a job site on the side of the road.
A construction worker, under the law and under the New York State Labor Law, can be someone who’s working in a building, provided they’re doing covered work. If they’re doing some kind of demolition or repair, anything outside of routine maintenance, making that distinction is very important. Cause, a lot of people who might hear this, they say “I’m not a construction worker. I don’t have a claim”. But our largest verdict for a construction worker in New York State, which was the highest in New York State in 2012 for a construction worker under the New York State Labor Law, was actually a stationary engineer who worked in a building. But he was doing painting, which is also a type of covered work that’s covered under New York State Labor Law. He’s considered a covered worker, which technically makes him a construction-type worker.