If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a construction accident, you might be entitled to damages. A construction accident lawyer from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. serving Suffolk County may be able to help you recover compensation for your economic and non-economic losses.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Suffolk County, call 516-451-7900
Negligence and Liability in a Construction Injury Case
Owners and contractors are supposed to provide safe worksites staffed by trained workers. Construction equipment should be designed and manufactured for safe use. When a party fails to meet these obligations, they commit negligence and may be legally liable for resulting accidents.
There are many potentially liable parties in your situation. Here are some examples of negligent parties at a construction site:
- Owners of the land at the construction site
- Contractors who fail to maintain a safe worksite that meets federal standards
- Manufacturers of defective equipment
Your lawyer will investigate your injury for evidence of negligence by one or more of these parties.
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Construction Injuries and the Effect They Have on Victims
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are some of the most common types of construction injury events:
- Falls from heights
- Trips, slips, and falls on the same level
- Incidents in which workers are struck by falling objects, collapsing materials, or moving vehicles
Common Injuries From Construction Events That Could Entitle You to Damages
Injuries that happen in the construction industry range from minor to major – or even fatal. Here are some of the most common construction injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that can cause permanent neuropsychological impairment
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as strains, sprains, and muscle soreness
- Back injuries including strained muscles, broken vertebrae, ruptured disks, and damage to the spinal cord
Any of these injuries can keep construction workers out of work temporarily. Others, especially TBIs and back injuries, can cause chronic problems. These problems can permanently prevent employees from returning to construction work. Workers with serious injuries may require expensive and long hospitalizations and rehabilitation.
New York Laws Protect Construction Workers
New York has laws in place to protect construction workers from common on-the-job hazards. Here are two labor laws that require construction owners and contractors to provide certain safety measures for construction workers:
- NY Lab L § 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, requires owners and contractors to provide scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and more to protect construction workers from falls and falling objects.
- NY Lab L § 241 describes the types of safety equipment owners and contractors must provide and how equipment and machinery must be arranged to keep workers safe in construction, excavation, and demolition work.
Construction injury cases can be complex. These labor laws are also specific, both in terms of:
- What owners and contractors must provide
- What types of work is protected
Your lawyer taking construction accidents will investigate the details of your case. We will determine whether a labor law violation contributed to your injury.
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Recovering Damages After a Construction Injury
Your lawyer can estimate how much your case is worth. Our team will guide you through the recovery process. Your award could come from a settlement from the insurance provider or from taking the case to trial. While we do not handle workers’ compensation claims, we can work with your workers’ compensation attorney.
Here are some of the damages you may be able to recover:
- Medical treatment for emergency care, follow-up appointments, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and other diagnostic imaging, surgeries, prescription medication, and more
- Rehabilitation such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy
- Future medical care for anticipated treatments or long-term care
- Medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, or motorized scooters
- Lost wages for unpaid time off work during your recovery
- Future lost wages if you cannot return to construction work at all
- Pain and suffering if you suffer from chronic pain, require many surgeries or a long recovery period, become permanently disabled or disfigured, can no longer participate in preferred activities, develop a mental health condition, or otherwise suffer from a reduced quality of life
- Funeral expenses, burial costs, and more for a wrongful death
Our Case Results
We have successfully represented many construction workers who sustained a personal injury because of another person’s negligence. Here are some of our past case results:
- A $9.5 million verdict for a wrongful death on a construction site
- A more than $1 million recovery for a construction worker with a head injury
- A seven-figure recovery for a construction worker with a back injury
- A $1.5 recovery from a utility company after a construction worker was shocked with high voltage while moving a utility pole
- A $1 million settlement for a construction worker who suffered a leg injury after falling from a ladder
Time Limits in a Construction Injury Case
If you were injured or lost a loved one to a construction injury, you have a limited amount of time to seek damages. New York has the following time limits:
- CPLR § 214 sets the statute of limitations at three years for personal injury.
- EPTL § 5-4.1 sets the statute of limitations at two years for wrongful death.
Your lawyer can tell you if there are any exceptions to these deadlines that apply to your case. Oftentimes, there are situations that apply which can significantly limit the time you have to bring a lawsuit.
We Can Handle Your Wrongful Death Construction Injury Case
On-the-job injuries can cause life-changing injuries and even death. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 132 fatal injuries in the construction industry and related maintenance filed in New York State in 2019.
While financial recovery can never take the place of a loved one, compensation can help make life easier after such a significant loss. You might have bills to pay that are harder to deal with after losing a spouse’s income. Our construction accident lawyers will stand by your Suffolk family throughout the case to help you pursue a fair award.
Our team will not have you pay us up front or by the hour, either. We know the pressure you are likely under right now. We work on contingency, so you pay nothing unless we win your case. There is no risk to retaining our services.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Can Represent You
If you were hurt working construction or lost a loved one to construction injuries in Suffolk County, we may be able to help. A personal injury lawyers at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. is ready to help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Call (631) 451-7900 for a free case consultation. We can assist you in Spanish.