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Obama Immigration Reform: A Possible Game Changer For Construction Workers

Immigrants in New York account for nearly 60 percent of all fall-related deaths or injuries at construction sites. Even more alarming is that Hispanic construction workers are almost 30 percent more likely to get into work-related injuries than their white counterparts nationwide. Since incidents involving undocumented workers generally go unreported, the statistics are likely to be higher. Construction Scaffold Workers

Sadly, what these undocumented workers do not realize is that they have rights just like any of their co-workers on a construction site. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a fall at a construction site, you should consult an experienced construction accident attorney in New York as you may be entitled to compensation.

The Unfair Bargaining Power of Undocumented Construction Workers

Undocumented construction workers have an unfair bargaining power when it comes to work safety on construction sites. They have two bad choices: complain about the unsafe conditions and risk getting fired and deported, or keep working and risk a potentially devastating injury. Although the rise of the open shop has benefitted undocumented workers who are often the first choice for contractors looking for cheap labor, it has also left them more susceptible to work-related injuries.

When these workers are injured on the job, they are less likely to report the accident for the fear of deportation. Undocumented workers are also more reluctant to report unsafe condition so as not to antagonize their employers. All of these factors provide an excuse for the employers not to adhere to the safety regulations mandated by law.

Obama Game Changer Plan

Obama’s immigration reform will likely help improve the bargaining power of undocumented construction workers. If an undocumented construction worker does not fear deportation, he or she is more likely to report unsafe working conditions. It leaves these employees with a third option of reporting unsafe work conditions without the threat of getting deported.

Protecting the Rights of Construction Workers

Failing to provide fall protection for construction workers is one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a construction accident, you have certain rights under New York laws. In order to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve, you need to consult an experienced New York construction accident attorney.

At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this kind of work. Such experience enables us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

Injured In a Construction Accident? We Can Help!

When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to aggressively fight for your rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. have the necessary experience, knowledge and resources to get you the damages you are entitled to.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

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