A Mineola construction accident lawyer may be able to help you pursue a third-party claim for compensation if you were hurt while working on a construction site. Let our team review your Mineola case for free today.
How Our Team Can Help with Your Construction Injury Case
One of our lawyers can work with your workers’ compensation attorney in a two-pronged approach to recovering the financial support and compensation you need to pay for your medical care, cover your missed income, and hold the at-fault party accountable for your injuries.
While New York law typically prevents you from filing a lawsuit against your employer following a construction site incident, there is often a third party to blame. New York has strong worker protection laws, especially when it comes to construction site falls and related injuries. These laws may allow us to sue a third party for their role in your injuries.
Under section 240 of the Scaffolding Law, workers injured when they fall from a ladder, scaffolding, or another elevated area can sue the site owner, general contractor, or other liable parties. Section 241 of the Labor Law provides additional protections during construction, excavation, and demolition work.
At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., our construction accident team knows how these laws work and how to develop a strong premises liability case. Some recent case results include:
- More than $2 million for a laborer who suffered injuries while helping a mason complete a job
- $1,500,000 for a construction worker who suffered an electric shock on the job
- More than $1 million for a worker who fell from a ladder
- More than $1 million for a worker with a back injury after an on-site incident
- $1 million for a worker with a broken leg in a fall from an inadequate ladder
- $1 million for a worker with a leg injury after a ladder fall on a construction site
The Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. team can review your construction accident to determine if you may have grounds to take legal action based on the state’s worker protection laws.
Recovering Compensation for Your Damages After a Mineola Construction Site Injury
While you may qualify for workers’ compensation after a construction site injury, this generally only provides for your medical care costs and a fraction of your missed pay at work. A third-party claim could allow you to recover additional damages, including pain and suffering losses not available through any other means.
The New York Scaffolding Law and other related labor laws allow us to build a case against the owner of the construction site, the occupier of the site, the general contractor, or another party tasked with ensuring workers are safe.
As part of building a claim that proves the third party failed to prevent our client’s injuries, we also need to document those injuries carefully. We also gather evidence to show the other harm they suffered, including the expenses and losses they incurred. This becomes proof of their recoverable damages.
Some damages that contribute to the compensation available through a third-party settlement or trial award could include:
- Care and support costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Additional lost wages and diminished earning ability
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible damages
- Wrongful death damages, when applicable
Why the Scaffolding Law is Important for NY Construction Workers
Under many circumstances, the only option for injured workers hurt on the job on Long Island is workers’ compensation. While these benefits have helped millions of people make ends meet during their recovery, they do not compensate the injured worker for many of their most significant losses.
When it comes to construction injuries, these losses often occur after a fall. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are among the most common ways construction and renovation workers suffer injuries. In fact, it is the leading cause of fatal injuries on construction sites.
Many of these falls that lead to serious injuries and permanent disability occur when the worker falls 6 feet or more, often from a ladder or scaffold. These are the same situations when the Scaffolding Law applies. This and other labor laws allow workers who suffer serious injuries and miss significant time at work to recover additional compensation.
Enlist Our Help as Soon as You Can Following Your Construction Site Injuries
We like to get started on cases as soon as possible. The earlier you call us, the better the evidence available to support your claim. The liable parties often possess some of the evidence in construction accident cases, so we need to take swift action to preserve it.
Generally, CVP §214 allows us to take up to three years to sue a property owner or other responsible party if their negligence caused our client’s injuries. However, construction site injuries can be complex, and there may be other deadlines we need to meet. This is especially true if the injury occurred on municipal property or while working on a project for a government agency.
A construction accident lawyer serving Mineola may be able to help you secure financial recovery following an injury on a New York construction site. While some of our clients are hurt on Long Island, many others live on Long Island but suffer injuries working in the City.
Even if you are receiving workers’ compensation—or if you are fighting for the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve based on your employer’s coverage—you may be able to file a third-party claim.
Contact Our Team Today for Your Complimentary Case Consultation
Let us review your incident, injuries, and the details of your case. We can also discuss your options with you in Spanish if you prefer.
Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today to learn more.