Construction is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, accounting for a significant portion of job-related injuries and accidents annually. While worker’s compensation provides medical care and some wage replacement benefits to injured construction workers, this may not be enough to cover all your losses. Fortunately, New York state gives construction accident victims the right to pursue a personal injury claim for the full value of their damages under certain circumstances.
A Guide to Personal Injury Claims for Construction Accidents
Common Types of Injuries
Scaffolding, cranes, and ladders – all key features of most construction sites – create the hazard of falling. Even falls of only a few feet sometimes result in broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, leaving workers unable to earn a living and requiring long-term medical treatment. Malfunctioning or misused equipment and incorrectly secured materials also often cause injury. Improper work site management contributes to the incidence of being run over, crushed, or exposed to harmful substances like lead or asbestos. Repetitive stress injuries are also prevalent. All of the above are potential causes of permanent disabilities.
When to File a Personal Injury Claim
Under New York law, any accident in which another party’s negligence contributed to your injuries is generally sufficient grounds for a personal injury claim. For instance, if your employer or a general contractor failed to provide adequate safety equipment, knowingly allowed work to continue in unsafe conditions, or violated safety standards, they may be held responsible for your losses. Whether your employer can be held accountable varies depending on the circumstances, so have a personal injury lawyer evaluate your case to determine if a claim is appropriate. It’s in your best interests to act quickly, as a statute of limitations may apply.
Proving Liability for Construction Site Accidents
Unlike worker’s compensation claims, a successful personal injury suit depends on your ability to prove the other party’s liability. If possible, take photos of your injuries, the accident scene, and any other conditions that contributed to the accident. Collect the contact information of any witnesses and seek medical attention as soon as possible. A skilled personal injury attorney will also perform their own investigation, collecting the evidence they need to help you achieve justice.
If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident anywhere in the Bronx, Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. will provide the aggressive representation and thorough legal guidance you need. With an extensive background in personal injury law and steadfast commitment to their clients, this dependable firm has a proven track record of successful outcomes. Visit their website to learn more about their wide range of services, follow their Twitter for legal tips, or call (718) 822-0500 to discuss your case with an attorney today.