New York Construction Accident
Construction work is not only physically strenuous, it is also very dangerous. Construction injuries rate third in the country for work-related deaths. Sadly, 5 out of 100,000 construction workers will die in a work-related accident. Construction sites in and of themselves can be dangerous. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established strict rules and regulations to ensure the safety of construction workers, these regulations are not always followed. As a result victims suffer serious injuries such as a brain injury, neck injury, back injury, head injury, or even paralysis. If you have suffered a serious injury in a construction accident such as a scaffolding accident, contact an experienced New York construction accident lawyer who will work closely with you to make sure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.Common Causes for Construction Site Accidents
While there are many reasons that accidents occur at construction sites, some of the common types of construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Crane accidents
- Falling debris
- Trench collapse
- Fire and explosions
Construction sites are inherently dangerous. Often there are heavy equipment, debris, uneven surfaces, chemicals, exposed wires, and fire hazards. For this reason, New York labor law requires that employers follow state and federal safety regulations to ensure the safety of employees, contractors, vendors, and bystanders. To learn more about the New York labor laws on workplace and construction site safety, speak with an experience New York construction accident lawyer.Common Construction Site Injuries
Construction accidents can cause devastating injuries and even death. Injuries commonly seen at construction sites include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Eye Injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Toxic exposure
As an experienced construction accident attorney in New York will explain, depending on the facts of your case, if you are hurt in a construction site accident due to another person's negligence you may be entitled a number of types of compensation.
- Medical Bills: Construction accidents can cause devastating injuries the cost of which can well exceed insurance limits. The individual may be able to file a claim to cover expenses for medical treatment, surgeries, medicine and future doctor visits and care.
- Loss of Income: When a victim is injured, they may be unable to work for an extended period of time. Victims may be able to file a claim for loss of income as well as for loss of future earning potential caused by the injury. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
- Pain and Suffering: Courts will award victims compensation for pain and suffering based on their physical pain, their emotional suffering, and any permanent injuries such as scarring.
- Wrongful Death: If the victim does not survive their injuries, their estate and family members would have the right to file claims against the negligent party to recover damages.
If you have been hurt at a construction site, contact our legal team. These cases are complex and it is essential to have legal guidance to obtain the compensation you deserve. You may be able to collect compensation over and above the workers compensation award. If you have been injured, it is important you speak with legal counsel from our office to ensure that your rights are protected. That staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in representing clients who have been injured in construction accidents, as well as in other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve clients in the following locations: Manhattan, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Nassau County, and Queens.