Construction accidents can occur due to safety violations on the part of employers, general contractors, property owners, and other parties.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as many as 14 workers die in construction-related accidents every day. The federal administration lists the following types of accidents as the leading causes of deaths:
- Struck by objects
Not all construction accidents result in death. Some accidents, like that of falls, can leave you with serious injuries, including broken bones, a spinal cord injury, or a traumatic brain injury.
Construction accidents may be preventable when safety practices are in place and properly managed by supervisors or employers. Safety equipment, devices, and training can make a difference between life and death on a construction site.
Legislation such as New York’s scaffolding law protects workers from unsafe workplace conditions, including such issues as improperly placed or defective scaffolding or ladders that can result in a fall.
If safety protocol like this is ignored or broken, injuries can occur on a construction site.
You May Be Able to Recover Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries
A construction accident can happen in a second yet result in a long recovery or in a permanent disability. When general contractors or property owners overlook important safety measures, they may face liability for your damages.
If you were injured in a construction site accident that a site manager, contractor, or another party was responsible for preventing, you may be able to recover compensation in a lawsuit.
This compensation may cover your:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- And more
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
When a construction accident occurs, identifying how it happened can be important for future civil action on your behalf. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, they may be able to investigate by reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, examining accident scene photos, and more.
A thorough investigation of the accident can allow your lawyer to identify all parties liable for your injuries. From the property owner to another contractor on the site to a manufacturer of defective safety equipment, your case may involve more than one defendant.
A personal injury lawyer can also communicate with insurance companies on your behalf when they represent you.
If the responsible party’s insurance reaches out to you after your accident, use caution when communicating with them. They may be able to use your statements to reduce or deny your claim. They may also offer you a settlement amount that does not cover all of your damages from the accident.
A personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company using evidence they have gathered of the responsible party’s liability and the extent of your injuries.
If the insurance company is not willing to make you a fair settlement offer, your lawyer may be able to take your case to trial.
A Deadline for Construction Accident Cases
Do not delay if you are considering legal action after a construction accident. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in New York is generally three years. If your family member died in a construction accident, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in New York is generally two years. However, some circumstances, such as suing a municipality, could shorten the deadline.
If you miss the deadline for filing your lawsuit, your chance to recover compensation via a lawsuit may disappear, even if there is strong evidence in your favor.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Defends Construction Accident Victims
A construction accident that occurs due to no fault of your own may allow you to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. fights for construction accident victims on Long Island. We treat all clients with respect and care. We keep them updated on the latest developments of their case, and we are always happy to answer any questions that arise.
If you were seriously injured or if you lost a close loved one due to a construction accident on Long Island, call our firm for a free case evaluation at (631) 451-7900. We also provide our services in Spanish.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. will represent you on a contingency-fee basis where you do not pay attorney fees to us unless and until you receive a settlement or win your case in court.