Construction Accident Attorney
New York construction workers are constantly at risk of being injured on a construction site. A single error at any construction site can result in serious injury or even death. Defective or misused machinery uncovered holes, and poorly installed protective gear only scratches the surface of the dangers construction workers face on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many of the common pitfalls construction workers encounter are deadly.
If you have been injured on-the-job at a construction site or during a visit, you could be entitled to compensation to pay for the costs of your injury and any other related long-term costs through multiple personal injury claims. These claims can include filing for workers’ compensation from your employer in addition to third-party claims against the construction site owner, the manufacturer of any defective equipment that injured you and other possible negligent parties.
Injured During a Construction Accident?
You don’t have to face the astronomical costs and stress of your construction accident injury alone. You can explore your options for seeking compensation through multiple claims against all responsible parties with the help of a Long Island construction accident lawyer.
You Have a Right to Compensation
As a victim of a construction site accident, you have the right to recover compensation under New York State law where the negligence of another is the cause. Many construction workers who are injured on a job site seek workers’ compensation, while others obtain additional compensation through a civil claim. We make it a point to educate our clients who have been injured in a construction accident on the various methods of compensation available.
Civil claims are made against parties whose negligence or wrongdoing contributed to the workers’ injuries. These are called “third-party claims.” Successful third-party claims often provide more in compensation than workers’ compensation benefits. These claims can be brought in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
At our Suffolk County law firm, our accident attorneys are well versed in the specialized area of construction site accidents. Our team of lawyers and support staff take a global approach to the practice of law and considers the whole client – not just one specific aspect of the construction site accident. We will advocate for you with efficiency and a high level of attention to detail and nuance of the law in our fight to recover the greatest compensation for your personal injuries.
Common Construction Site Accidents in Long Island and NYC
Construction sites are inherently dangerous, so employers, contractors, and supervising companies have strict legal and ethical obligations to keep employees as safe as possible. Despite these best efforts — and sometimes as a result of negligence or defective products — major accidents can occur at any time.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the most serious of these construction accidents the Fatal Four. As of 2017, the Fatal Four were:
- Falls, which caused nearly 40% of all deaths
- Being struck by objects (8%)
- Electrocutions (7%)
- Being caught in or between objects (5%)
Safety is always a major concern on construction sites. All construction workers should pay special attention to the Fatal Four construction scenarios. According to OSHA, eliminating these four types of construction accidents could save 582 workers’ lives each year.
In addition to the “Fatal Four” issues, there are a number of other potential hazards that can cause injury, illness, or death to construction workers and contractors, such as:
- Injuries from table saws and other equipment
- Slip and falls
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Strains and hernias
- Broken bones and sprains
- Deep cuts
- Chemical exposure
- Falling objects
No matter the cause of your construction injury, the medical consequences could be serious and potentially life-threatening. Always report an incident to your supervisor, and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You can then speak to a Long Island construction site accident lawyer regarding your potential injury claims.
Who Can I Sue in New York after My Construction Accident?
Workers’ compensation laws and labor laws in New York state make it extremely difficult — usually impossible — to bring forth a lawsuit against your construction business employer for negligence if their poor safety practices or careless supervision led you to have a major injury. There are some cases of exceptions, but they can often relate to arguments disputing the nature of the employee/employer relationship in order to get around workers comp laws.
Fortunately, injury victims always have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim to pay for the medical costs of treating their injury, receiving rehabilitation, and even training to adapt to the injury or any disabilities that prevent the victim from returning to their normal job duties.
Injury victims can also explore their options for filing a third-party injury lawsuit against other potentially negligent parties. For instance, a job site owner may have been negligent in the design or maintenance of their property. If they hire construction firms that contract out your employer and you get injured, you may potentially be eligible to file a claim against the companies that do not directly employ you.
You may also potentially have the case of a defective product related to your injury. Modern construction equipment is expected to include safeguards in their design that reduce the risk of injury. They should also have reliable safety features, such as shielding against electrical surges.
When these safety features fail, or when some other defect causes the product to injure you, then you could be entitled to a New York defective products claim. Note that defective products can include chemicals that are unacceptably unsafe to use or protective equipment that fails to protect reliably.
There are other potential injury claims that can be made against all responsible parties that could be unique to your situation. The only way to find out what your legal options are and what your best strategy might be is to speak with an experienced construction accident attorney in Long Island.
We Fight for You and Your Loved Ones
The Long Island construction accident attorneys at TonaLaw have a combined 30-year track record of uncompromising ethics! Unrelenting litigation prosecution allows us to provide superior legal services to clients who suffer from injuries sustained during a construction accident throughout Long Island, New York City, and New York State.
The TonaLaw Advantage
At TonaLaw, we are a client-first practice. Our attorneys and support staff utilize our extensive legal experience and litigation acumen to represent personal injury clients aggressively, always seeking all remedies available to our clients under the law.
TonaLaw is a no-fee law firm – We get paid when we win your case!
If you or a loved one are suffering from a construction accident because of the possible negligence of another, contact a Long Island construction accident attorney at TonaLaw at (631) 780-5355, toll-free at 1-833-TONALAW, or by filling out the form below.