To defend your right to just compensation if you were injured on a building site, you need a knowledgeable NYC construction accident attorney. For more than 40 years, injured workers on construction sites have turned to Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. To obtain justice for harmed workers, we fight tenaciously. Call (212) 969-8296 to schedule a free consultation.
Our work accident attorneys are aware that injuries from construction accidents are frequently severe. While medical expenditures start to mount and you try to recuperate, your life can quickly change in ways that you could have never anticipated. Workers’ compensation is frequently insufficient to cover expenses.
Our law office in New York City is here to assist. To find out more about your options for receiving just compensation, contact us at any time. Please get in contact with us if you have any questions so that our accident attorneys can analyse your case for free.
Experience Counts When Choosing Your New York Construction Accident Attorney
Getting the money you need to protect yourself and seek the medical care you require may be essential. Unfortunately, there are many complicated rules intended to safeguard workers, so your situation can be difficult. Our NYC personal injury attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can assist.
Workers’ compensation may be the only option people believe they have when injured on construction projects. While workers’ compensation is important, you might also be able to file a third-party claim to hold someone else accountable for your injuries. Our attorneys concentrate on determining what caused your construction accident in order to hold the negligent party accountable.
NYC Construction Accident Statistics
The most hazardous job in NYC is construction. 2018 saw 30% of all workplace deaths in NYC occur in the private construction sector. 22 is a little rise over 2017, when 20 deaths reportedly related to construction were reported. Every year, hundreds of extra construction workers experience significant injuries.
The majority of workplace fatalities nationally were caused by accidents involving transportation. Most construction-related fatalities in NYC occurred as a result of:
- Contact with machinery or objects
- Slips, trips and falls
It is not unexpected that falls account for a higher percentage of serious injuries in NYC because working from heights is widespread on construction sites. Laws have been passed by the city and labour authorities to safeguard employees against these and other risks. Unfortunately, those in charge frequently take short cuts to increase their profits.
We work hard at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. to prevent you from turning into a statistic. Our attorneys personally handle your case with the single objective of obtaining the full compensation you are entitled to. To learn more about our legal team and how we can assist, contact our office right away.
Types Of Construction Accidents
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our skilled accident attorneys handle all types of construction accident cases, including those involving:
- Scaffolding falls
- Roof and ladder falls
- Falling objects and debris
- Equipment malfunction
- Dangerous tools and machinery
- Nail gun accidents
- Crane accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Accidents involving excavation work
- Brazing and welding accidents
- Electrocution and electric shock
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
You might believe that construction zones generally have this kind of risk. Even while such is frequently the case, it does not lessen your right to just compensation for your injuries.
What Are Common Causes Of NYC Construction Accidents?
It’s sad that similar factors frequently contribute to building accidents. Simple negligence is at the heart of many accidents and injuries. That indicates that someone failed to perform their duties, and you suffered as a result.
Common reasons for construction accidents in New York City include:
- Lack of proper protective equipment
- Failure to properly secure or install scaffolding
- Improperly maintained equipment, machinery and tools
- Lack of appropriate training for handling heavy machinery and complex equipment
- Defects in equipment and machinery on work sites
- Lack proper supervision
- Failure to communicate
Laws have been passed in NYC specifically to hold those responsible for construction site safety accountable. The types of compensation you can receive in your case may depend on how well you can establish the accident’s cause.
The accident lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. are familiar with the specifics of these laws and will investigate what transpired in your case.
Section 240: NYC Scaffolding Law
For instance, scaffolding on a building site is governed under Section 240 of the New York Labor Law. The statute stipulates:
- A safety rail constructed of a suitable material that is at least 34 inches high must be fitted on scaffolding that is installed higher than 20 feet off the ground.
- With only enough gaps to allow for the supply of necessary materials, the safety railing must completely encircle the scaffolding on all sides and at both ends.
- The scaffolding must be built to support four times the required maximum weight.
- In order to keep it from wobbling away from the building and the structure, the scaffolding needs to be securely fastened.
The scaffolding law imposes strict liability. This means that in order to receive compensation, you do not need to prove that the owner or contractor was negligent. You have the right to seek compensation if our attorneys can gather proof of a Section 240 violation.
Section 200: Duty To Provide Safe Working Conditions
A general obligation for owners and contractors is provided by Section 200 of the NYC Labor Code. These parties are required by law to offer workers on the site reasonable and appropriate protection. This involves ensuring that machinery and equipment are generally safe to use. Owners and contractors have a general obligation to correct hazardous situations and to warn of any such situations that have not yet been corrected.
Construction Accidents Often Cause Serious Injuries
Workers in the construction industry in New York are used to bumps and bruises. However, significantly more severe injuries are often the result of building site mishaps. Accidents involving construction workers frequently result in:
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Wrongful death
Some of these wounds may have a long-term effect on your life. Even if you are able to resume your job, you can still experience pain. You might discover that you are unable to engage in the pursuits you loved before the accident.
Our injury lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. want to guarantee that you receive just compensation for your workplace injuries. We are here to walk you through every step of the legal procedure, including negotiating with the insurance company, and to clarify your legal rights.
Getting Fair Compensation For Construction Accident Injuries
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to most injured construction accident victims. Benefits from workers’ compensation include:
- Reimbursement for all medical expenses
- Part of your lost wages
- Permanent disability
- Death benefits
However, self-employed individuals are not covered by workers’ compensation. Additionally, workers’ compensation does not cover all of your potential needs.
Additional forms of compensation become available in a personal injury lawsuit. You may be eligible to receive one of the following types of damages as payment for your injuries:
- All current and future medical bills
- Any costs related to treating your injury, including in-home care, medical devices and physical therapy
- The full amount of your lost wages
- Loss of your future earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Compensation for disfigurement and scarring
Importantly, using the personal injury procedure to pursue legal action is a way to make the negligent party answerable for their actions. However, unlike in the case of workers’ compensation, it is necessary to demonstrate that someone’s negligence resulted in your construction disaster.
How Does The Third-Party Claims Process In Construction Accident Cases Work?
If you are harmed in an accident, you often give up the right to sue your employer for compensation. To give benefits, workers’ compensation enters the picture. In a personal injury case, other parties who are not your employer are nonetheless liable for damages. Parties who could be held accountable include:
- Property owners
- The manufacturer of defective product, such as tools, equipment or machinery
It is necessary to establish negligence in order to hold these parties responsible. Your attorney’s experience is essential to developing a compelling argument. Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. has more than 40 years of experience and is prepared to work for you.
Can You Recover Compensation If You Were Partly At Fault For Your Construction Accident?
Your capacity to obtain financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit may be impacted by comparative blame, often known as shared liability. Contrarily, the workers’ compensation system is a no-fault one. So even if you were entirely to blame for a construction accident, you can still receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Your workers’ compensation benefits may only be jeopardised in very specific situations if:
- You were using drugs or alcohol
- You intentionally caused the accident
Multiple parties might be held accountable in a lawsuit. It’s possible that the guilty party will even try to place the blame on you. Even if you share some of the blame, you are still entitled to some compensation. According to NYC law, your compensation is only reduced if you shared some of the blame.
Hire An Experienced New York City Construction Accident Lawyer
Don’t wait to speak with a lawyer if you were injured on a construction site. Our knowledgeable NYC construction accident attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. are eager to talk. We have already assisted hundreds of customers in NYC, including Staten Island and Long Island, win millions in verdicts and settlements.
Our attorneys want the procedure to be as easy for you as possible. You only pay our attorneys’ fees if we successfully obtain compensation for you. We provide a free case evaluation and work on a contingency basis. To learn more about how our law firm can assist, get in touch with our Wall Street location right away.
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