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Negligent contractor charged with manslaughter

In the aftermath of a construction accident, injured victims should understand that they have a right to pursue compensation from a few different sources. The money that is available through these outlets is intended to help workers treat their injuries, focus on recovery and compensate them for the costs of an accident.

Three of the options available to injured construction workers include workers' compensation, disability benefits and third-party liability claims. Pursuing financial benefits through one or more of these channels can result in critical support that workers and their families need and deserve.

But money isn't the only thing that can help injured workers after a serious construction accident: assigning accountability can go a long way as well.

For example, recently in New York, the owner of a contracting company was charged with criminal offenses including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and violations of workers' compensation laws. He could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

According to reports, the man has repeatedly failed to enforce safety regulations on his job sites across the city. Further, he allegedly failed to provide workers with the necessary equipment to keep them safe from fall on his jobsites. His failure reportedly led to the death of a worker who fell.

Criminal charges are not always filed in the aftermath of construction accidents. However, when they are, they can result in some harsh penalties that helps victims and their families get some closure by formally and legally holding that party accountable for the incidents that led to a catastrophic accident or death.

Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed or not, what is important after these serious accidents is for the people affected by them to secure the help they need to recover, medically, financially and legally. Talking to an attorney about the various ways this is possible can help you assess your options, protect your rights and pursue maximum compensation.

Source: Construction Equipment, "Manslaughter charges for New York contractor," June 7, 2016

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