Q: Last January I was hit on the shoulder by a brick that fell while I was working on the construction of a six story building. I had to undergo reconstructive surgery, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to the type of work that I’ve done all of my life. Do I have the right to compensation?
A: Under New York law, a worker who is injured when he is hit by a falling object on a construction job has the right to make claim against the insurance companies for the general contractor and the owner of the property. The general contractor and the owner have the obligation to make sure that workers on a construction project are provided with a safe place to work. You have the right to be compensated for your past and future pain and suffering, the disability associated with your shoulder injury and any future loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work.