You might not think of an HVAC installation and demolitions, as high-risk work, particularly when compared to other facets of the construction industry. You might be surprised to learn that HVAC installers can suffer severe, even fatal, injuries on the job. The installation of a new HVAC system can involve working on roofs, ladders and scaffolds. Similarly demolition work involves the same height related risks. Proper safety equipment is required.
Depending on the details of the specific installation or demolition work, New York and federal law might require certain safety equipment and protocols. If your employer, the contractor, or the building owner failed to meet their legal obligations, you may have a lawsuit for personal injuries, pain and suffering in addition to your claim for Workers Compensation. If you suffered an injury on the job, in New York City, or the surrounding areas our team of accident lawyers may be able to help you. You can get a free case review by calling us at 718-993-9999 today.
We are happy to meet with you at our office, the hospital, your home, or some other convenient location. We understand that it can be difficult to get around after a work injury. We can talk with you about your case and evaluate whether you might be eligible to file a civil lawsuit for damages.
How HVAC Workers Can Get Hurt on the Job
Installing an HVAC system requires people to work together as a unit, as well as proper and safe ladders, scaffolds and other safety equipment. One weak link in this chain can cause a coworker to get hurt. The same goes for demolition where the system is being taken down and a worker can be exposed to significant risk. Here are a few examples of ways that HVAC installers and demolition workers can get hurt on the job:
- Falls from Ladders & Scaffolds. Installation or demolition of an HVAC system requires workers to work at elevated heights. Improperly braced or maintained ladders and scaffolds can fail or fall over and cause injury to the worker.
- Falls from Roofs & Buildings. When exposed to fall hazards, such as roofs and sides of buildings, workers should be provided with safety harnesses, lanyards and lifelines to minimize the risk of injury.
- Struck by falling equipment. Heavy units may require a crane to raise and lower the HVAC system into place. Failure of to properly secure the unit could result in it falling and striking the installer.
- Struck by duct work: Taking down duct work requires proper planning and safety equipment. A piece of duct work that unexpectedly falls can strike a ladder or worker causing a fall and injury.
- Electrocution. Since HVAC equipment connects to the electrical system of the building, installers can be electrocuted if proper wiring is not maintained. The victim can end up with extensive burns or even worse, the loss of life.
- Support Frame Collapse. HVAC units are heavy. If the support frame is insufficient for the weight, the material can collapse, sending the workers plummeting downward.
Regardless of the type of injury you suffered, we will do the following for you:
- Find the responsible parties
- Gather evidence to establish liability
- Fight for the compensation you deserve
- Negotiate with insurers
- Represent you from the very beginning until the case is finished by settlement or trial.
Damages for HVAC Accidents in New York City
If your employer, the contractor, owner, or someone else caused or contributed to your accident by failure to comply with the law, we can go after compensation for your losses. An HVAC installer, demolition, accident lawyer in New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens will investigate your accident and find potential defendants who might be liable.
The amount of compensation you can recover will depend on the unique facts of your case. Every situation is different. Here are some of the common types of damages in HVAC injury accidents:
- Lost wages, because of the accident and recuperation time.
- Diminished earning capacity, if your injuries prevent you from being able to make as much money after the accident as you could before.
- Out-of-pocket expenses.
- Lost union benefits, money damages for past pain and suffering caused by injuries, money damages for future pain and suffering caused by injuries
Get a Free Case Review for Your HVAC Accident Injury Case
You do not have to sort through all of this legal terminology and figure out who could be liable for your damages. We will be happy to explain those issues and answer your questions. We can take a look at your case and evaluate whether you are eligible for compensation. This is in addition to Workers Compensation that you are entitled to through your employer.
At Oresky & Associates, pllc, our passion is to help people who get hurt on the job. We treat our clients the way we would want to be treated. We value our clients and show them the respect that they deserve. It is our honor to help you.
Call us today at 718-993-9999 for a free case evaluation with an HVAC accident lawyer. There is no obligation.