Even if you are receiving workers comp for your job site accident injury, will it cover all your needs?

Under New York law, the majority of construction site injuries are covered by workers compensation. What you may not know is that if your accident occurred because of the negligence of a supervisor, the equipment you were using was defective or the property owner did not comply with OSHA requirements, you may be able to file a separate personal injury lawsuit. The construction accident attorneys at the Bronx law firm of James Newman, P.C. can help you seek maximum compensation against responsible third parties and help you close the gap between your workers comp benefits and the real cost of your injury.

Common construction accidents and the injuries they cause

There is little doubt that construction sites and construction jobs are inherently dangerous. The use of power tools, scaffolding, trucks moving through tight spaces, falling debris and electrical wires can spell catastrophe. As a carpenter, welder, ironworker, electrician, plumber, roofer or other construction site employee, whether you are a contractor or subcontractor, you are expected to take reasonable precautions. Nonetheless, property owners, general contractors, sub-contractors and even manufacturers of the tools of the trade are all responsible for ensuring the safety of construction site workers and visitors. When they fail to do so, accidents happen and may include:

  • Building/roof collapses
  • Falling debris
  • Explosions
  • Faulty wiring
  • Forklift accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Crane collapses
  • Elevator crashes
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Ladder collapses
  • Tool/equipment failure
  • Stairway defects

As construction accident attorneys who have practiced law in the Bronx for nearly 30 years, we know that New York is constantly building and rebuilding itself. We also know that the people who make this one of the most dynamic cities in the world can suffer the greatest harm when responsible parties are negligent or careless. If you or a family member has been the victim of a construction accident, whether you are receiving workers compensation or not, contact us to find out how we can help you get everything you deserve for serious or catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury/paralysis
  • Electrical, chemical or thermal burns
  • Complete or partial vision or hearing loss
  • Broken bones
  • Amputation
  • Wrongful death

Under the New York Labor Law Sections 240 and 241, those who work from heights on ladders or scaffolding are afforded special consideration. You may be able hold contractors, supervisors, property owners and others responsible for your accident — even if you were partially at fault — when injuries occur during the construction, repair or demolition of a building or structure and involve the use of:

  • Ladders and scaffolding
  • Hoists, stays, slings and hangers
  • Blocks, pulleys and braces
  • Irons and ropes

If any of the above devices were not constructed properly, were placed incorrectly, were operated in such a way that proper protection was not provided or if the accident was elevation-related, you may be able to make a claim against the third party (other person or company) responsible.

Contact an experienced Bronx construction accident attorney for a free evaluation of your case

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case with attorneys James Newman or Kyle Newman, please contact us online or call us at 718-823-3122. We are easily reached by car or public transportation.

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