New York City Ordered to Pay $3 Million for Creating an Unsafe Workplace.

If you or a family member have been injured while working, contact the Boston worker’s compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling these matters, and have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in personal injury damages. To make sure that you receive the rightful money damages that you justly deserve, call 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at for your free, no obligation confidential consultation.

Construction is not always a safe job. It often involves extreme heights, corrosive chemicals, powerful machinery, and a variety of dangerous equipment. While every construction worker is expected to operate equipment in a safe, professional manner, their employers also have a responsibility to create a safe, controlled work environment. When an employer fails to abide by state-mandated guidelines, they expose their employees to severe injury or even death. That employer is then liable for the injuries that befall their employees.

Raafael Lopez is such an employee. Lopez was doing construction work at Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in New York when he fell backwards. When he fell, he was impaled by an uncapped piece of steel reinforcement, causing serious injury and harm. Lopez required multiple hospitalizations, spinal fusion surgery, and physical therapy.

The City of New York addressed issues of comparative negligence, and argued they were not liable for his injuries. Lopez and his attorney, Brian J. Isaac, however, disagreed. They argued that the city failed to create a safe work environment, and that as a direct result, Lopez was injured. After multiple hearings, the court finally ordered the City of New York to pay Lopez $3 million for his pain and suffering, as well as his medical expenses.

Have you been injured while working? If so, you are going to want an expert attorney with the experience and dedication to help you through a difficult legal battle. Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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