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Bronx Tunnel Worker Injuries Lawyer - Bronx Tunnel Workers

Bronx Tunnel Worker Injuries Lawyer

Bronx tunnel workers toil underground in often hazardous and unpleasant conditions to keep the city’s transit system running. Poor air quality, dusty conditions, and hard physical labor can take their toll on workers and lead to work-related health conditions and injuries. Moreover, tunnel workers risk suffering life-changing or fatal injuries in avoidable accidents if employers and contractors fail to adhere to crucial safety regulations.

Injured tunnel workers and their families deserve adequate compensation. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a tunnel accident, Morgan & Morgan’s Bronx tunnel injuries lawyers could be by your side every step of the way. Our lawyers can analyze your accident, discover your options, and move forward with a workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit on your behalf. We are ready to fight hard for what you deserve. Contact us today to find out for free how we could help.  

The Dangers Facing Bronx Tunnel Workers

Tunnel workers face the same hazards as other employees, including slips and falls, vehicle accidents, and potential overexertion injuries. However, working underground involves numerous additional challenges and dangers. Tunnel workers engage in potentially dangerous underground work such as drilling, excavating, and blasting. The conditions of working underground can be grueling and include working in confined spaces, lack of fresh air, and lack of adequate lighting. Other hazards affecting tunnel workers include:

  • Electrical power lines near the work site causing electric shock and electrocution 
  • Falls from scaffolds and into shafts
  • Exposure to radioactive radon gas
  • Respiratory distress and chemical burns due to toxic substances in tunnels
  • Injuries due to flooding and leaking pipes
  • Getting struck by falling debris, objects, or equipment 
  • Getting trapped and injured by a tunnel wall or ceiling collapse

Lack of safety equipment and procedures can also lead to deadly accidents among Bronx tunnel workers. 

Common Tunnel Worker Injuries 

When accidents occur, tunnel worker injuries can be catastrophic and may include:

  • Fractures and crush injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs and other back injuries
  • Burn injuries due to fires, explosions, or chemicals
  • Head and brain injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage and paralysis
  • Loss of limb

Occupational Illnesses and Conditions

Tunnel workers are not only impacted by accidents but can be at risk of occupation-specific conditions, such as silicosis, decompression sickness, and others.


Drilling in tunnels produces fine dust containing silica and other substances. Inhaling silica dust over prolonged periods can cause lung scarring, inflammation, and silicosis. Silicosis is a debilitating and sometimes deadly disease, leading to a decrease in lung capacity and severe scarring of the lungs. 

Sufferers can develop breathing difficulty and other significant health issues, such as a permanent cough, wheezing, mucus, and increased susceptibility to developing tuberculosis. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), exposure to high levels of silica also increases the risk of developing lung cancer. 

Decompression Sickness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tunnel workers involved in underwater construction or working in compressed air could develop decompression sickness (DCS). In the worst cases, DCS can be fatal. Symptoms of the condition may include:

  • A pink marbling of the skin
  • Joint pain
  • Localized bone destruction
  • Brain and spinal cord disorders (stroke, paralysis, bladder dysfunction, and others)
  • Shortness of breath

Other Potential Tunnel Worker Occupational Diseases 

Bronx tunnel workers may also develop the following conditions:

  • Neuropathy in hands due to prolonged drilling machinery vibration
  • Respiratory diseases due to a build-up of diesel fumes and other pollutants 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Chronic back pain

If you or a loved one developed an occupational illness or got hurt in a tunnel accident, a Morgan & Morgan Bronx tunnel worker injuries lawyer could help you recover workers’ compensation benefits and additional compensation.  

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  • What Causes Most Bronx Tunnel Worker Accidents?

    Not all tunnel worker injuries occur due to an unavoidable event such as a tunnel collapse. Most accidents and injuries are preventable. Accidents can be caused by:

    • Lack of safety equipment
    • Defective or poorly maintained machinery
    • Inadequate safety training
    • Failure to supervise 

    Employers Must Adhere to Safety Laws and Regulations

    Tunnel work can be dangerous and deadly. Employers must follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard to keep workers safe from harm. Examples of OSHA regulations include:

    Check-in/check-out procedures: Employers must maintain check-in and check-out procedures to ensure that employees are accounted for at all times and that no unauthorized person has access to the site. 

    Fire prevention and control: OSHA standards mandate specific fire control measures for underground work. Examples include:

    • Banning open fires and flames in tunnels
    • Storing combustible material well away from tunnel entrances
    • Checking the air regularly for flammable gases 

    Air ventilation requirements: Tunnels must have a fresh air supply sufficient to avoid a dangerous build-up of gasses and toxins. Employers must provide mechanical ventilation in the work area if there is no natural airflow.  

    Emergency procedures: Employers must have detailed emergency plans for potential accidents such as tunnel collapse, fire, equipment failure, and others. In addition, workers should receive comprehensive training in emergency procedures. 

    There are numerous additional safety regulations employers must adhere to. When construction companies, contractors, and site supervisors ignore safety standards and fail to protect their employees from hazards, they could be liable for workers’ injuries and damages. In addition to filing a workers’ comp claim, injured workers may be able to sue and recover compensation. 

    Morgan & Morgan could be here for you if you got hurt in a tunnel accident. You do not have to figure out a complex workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit on your own. Our Bronx tunnel worker injuries lawyers can fight for the best possible outcome of your case. 

  • How Can Injured Bronx Tunnel Workers Recover Compensation?

    You can generally claim workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured in a work accident or suffer from a work-related condition. In addition, some injured tunnel workers could file a personal injury lawsuit and hold a grossly negligent employer or third-party accountable. 

    Workers’ Compensation Claim

    The New York State workers’ comp program provides the following benefits to injured tunnel workers: 

    Lost Wages

    Injured Bronx tunnel workers can receive up to two-thirds of their average weekly wage in income replacement benefits. You could be entitled to additional cash payments if you are permanently disabled or experience loss of function due to a work accident.

    Medical Expenses
    Workers’ comp generally pays for all your medical expenses connected to your work accident and injury. Medical expenses include hospital stays, surgeries, in-home health care, medical devices, and others. Workers’ comp may also pay for home and vehicle modifications if you suffer a permanent impairment due to a work injury. 

    Vocational Benefits

    Seriously injured tunnel workers may have to look for alternative work after recovery. The New York State workers’ compensation program offers specific benefits for those searching for a job or looking to retrain in another profession.

    Death Benefits

    If a tunnel worker passes away from work injuries, the surviving family members could qualify for death benefits such as funeral costs and weekly cash payments for dependents. 

    Morgan & Morgan Can Help

    Workers’ compensation claims can be tricky, and success is not guaranteed. Every year, injured workers have valid claims denied due to late filing, lack of medical evidence, and other reasons. Do not let this happen to you. Our attorneys could help, whether you have a complicated claim or your workers’ comp claim was already denied. We can navigate the appeals process for you and stand up for your rights to adequate benefits and compensation. 

    Suing the Responsible Party

    In some cases, tunnel accidents occur due to the carelessness of a third party at the work site. Third parties can include:

    • A subcontractor
    • The manufacturer of defective machinery
    • A co-worker
    • The property owner
    • Equipment operators

    If you came to harm due to the negligent conduct of a third party, you could file a personal injury case and recover damages. In rare cases, tunnel workers could file a suit against their employer. Specifically, you could have legal recourse against an uninsured or grossly negligent employer.

    Compensation in Personal Injury Lawsuits

    Filing a personal lawsuit could qualify you for additional compensation even if you receive workers’ compensation benefits. If someone else negligently caused your injury, and you win the case, you could receive the following damages and others:

    • All current and future medical costs
    • Wage loss and future expected loss of income 
    • Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident and injury
    • Pain and suffering
    • Loss of a limb 
    • Scarring and disfigurement
    • Reduced life enjoyment

    Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are not available with workers’ compensation claims. However, if you have suffered significant or life-changing injuries at work, your non-economic damages could be considerable. Therefore, consider contacting an attorney who can determine whether you could file a personal injury lawsuit. Suing the responsible party could help you recover your claim’s true value, which could significantly exceed workers’ compensation benefits.

  • I Accepted Workers’ Comp; Could I Still Sue?

    Employers pay money into workers’ comp insurance to protect themselves from employee lawsuits. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning even if you are at fault for your accident, you are generally entitled to benefits. Consequently, employees receiving workers’ compensation benefits usually cannot sue their employer. However, there are some rare situations in which an employee could sue an employer, such as:

    • The employer has insufficient or non-existing workers’ comp coverage.
    • The injuries result from an intentional act, such as the employer willfully putting the worker into harm’s way without safety equipment.

    As discussed previously, workers could also be entitled to file lawsuits against negligent third parties.

    Workers’ compensation recovery is generally limited. In most cases, wage replacement benefits do not cover all lost wages. Moreover, non-economic damages such as pain and suffering are not available in workers’ comp claims. If you believe you have a case against your employer or a third party, seek legal advice as soon as possible, as the time to file a lawsuit could be limited.

  • What Should I Do After Getting Hurt?

    If you got injured at work, consider taking the following essential steps to protect your health and rights: 

    • Seek medical advice immediately
    • Inform your employer or supervisor of your accident and injury
    • File a workers’ compensation claim
    • Contact a Bronx tunnel work injuries lawyer as soon as possible

    If you suffered a significant work injury, getting legal advice and help can be critical for recovering the settlement you need to rebuild your life and provide for your family. A tenacious attorney from Morgan & Morgan can walk you through your options and rights and help you recover benefits and compensation. 

  • Morgan & Morgan Fights Hard for Tunnel Workers 

    Dealing with a workers’ compensation claim on your own can be frustrating and time-consuming, especially if you received a denial notice. What should be an easy process can get extremely complicated when you have to appeal and the insurer or employer is not playing nice. They might even claim that your injury did not happen at work, denying you the benefits you so desperately need to provide for yourself and your family.

    Morgan & Morgan understands the issues injured tunnel workers and their families face. We see every day how severe injuries impact workers’ physical, emotional, and financial well-being. The good news is that you don’t have to fight alone. If you are hurt on the job, we can have your back and fight for what you truly deserve. Morgan & Morgan has helped countless workers receive the benefits and compensation needed to rebuild their lives.

    When we take your case, you pay nothing out of your own pocket. We only get paid if and when we recover compensation for you. Contact us now to determine your next best steps in a free consultation.  

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