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Bronx Construction Injury Lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions

New York work site accident law firm handles workers’ compensation claims

Construction workers are subject to some of the most extreme dangers found in any workplace. Building site workers in the Bronx experience a wide range of serious injuries every day. At the law firm of James Newman, P.C., we provide answers to your questions about injuries, workers’ compensation and your legal rights under New York law.

Contact an experienced Bronx construction site injury attorney for a free case evaluation

The New York construction site injury attorneys at the firm of James Newman, P.C. have extensive experience representing injured workers in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. For a free initial consultation with a Bronx work site accident attorney, call us at 718-823-3122 or contact us online.

What is the purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)?

OSHA’s role is to ensure the safety of all workers in the United States. OSHA has created regulations to govern the safety of most industries, including construction. When employers cut corners and violate OSHA regulations, they can face large fines and other penalties. These violations are often discovered during OSHA inspections. If a violation led to your injury, our firm will use all available evidence to prove the violation in court and hold your employer liable for the costs of your injuries.

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Am I entitled to any damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits?

Construction workers suffering injuries are generally eligible for workers’ compensation benefits only. Exceptions apply when a contractor or entity other than your employer or co-workers was responsible for your injury. In these cases, you may be able to bring a third-party personal injury claim against the responsible person or business. If you were injured on a scaffold or ladder, you may be able to hold your employer liable for your injury under New York State’s scaffold law.

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Who is legally responsible for my construction accident?

In most cases, your employer will be held responsible for your construction accident under workers’ compensation law whether your negligence or theirs contributed to the accident. In cases where a contractor violates OSHA safety codes and that violation leads to your injury, you can hold that contractor strictly liable for your injury.

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What should I do if I have been hurt on a New York job site?

If you have been hurt, you should notify your employer immediately and request medical attention. Once you have been seen by a doctor, you should contact a Bronx construction injury lawyer to learn your rights. All New York workers’ compensation claims must be filed within two years of the date of the accident, and personal injury claims must be filed within three years of that date.

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How can I contact the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board?

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board’s website is an excellent resource. Workers injured in the Bronx are covered by the Manhattan District Office located at 215 W. 125th Street. You can reach this office by calling 800-877-1373. All mail should be sent to PO Box 5205, Binghamton, NY 13902-5205. We urge you to speak with an attorney before filing your claim.

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