Construction Site Accidents
New York construction accident lawyers are protecting the rights of injured victims
Construction sites are inherently dangerous areas. From accidents involving heavy machinery to life-threatening construction falls, bystanders and workers alike remain at serious risk. If you are an unsuspecting passerby injured by a construction mishap, you may file a liability lawsuit against the company or person at fault. If you are a construction worker hurt while on-the-job, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits, which include fully paid medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. An NYC personal injury lawyer helps determine your legal rights.
Common construction site accidents and injuries include —
- Crane accidents
- Communication errors
- Defective machinery injuries
- Defective or unsafe tools
- Electrical accidents and exposed power lines
- Falling object injuries
- Falls from ladders and scaffolds
- Falls from roofs
- Fires and explosions
- Heavy machinery injuries
- Site excavation and trench collapses
- Violations of OSHA regulations
New York construction site accident injuries can include burns, vision loss, fractured limbs, loss of limbs, back and spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
When workers compensation is not enough
In many cases, workers compensation benefits cannot cover all of your injury expenses. If a sub-contractor, property owner, architect, engineer, or someone other than your primary employer causes your injuries, you can sue the parties responsible. In this case, you are not limited by New York's workers compensation law.
Even if you signed a contract stating these other parties accept no responsibility for work-related injuries, you still might be able to sue. For example, workers involved in particularly dangerous situations involving harmful exposure or volatile substances may be exempt from the terms of their contract. In turn, if the other party had knowledge of a dangerous condition and failed to warn you, you may be entitled to a monetary settlement.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction accident, schedule a free consultation with a construction accident attorney at the New York City accident law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, PC. Call 212.385.8000 or contact us online.