New York City (NYC) Construction Accident Lawyer
Accidents on construction sites can affect many different types of workers, from masons and carpenters to electricians and welders. Anyone working on a construction site is at risk, and employers and construction companies have a duty to try to make the environment safe. When accidents happen and construction workers are injured, our NYC construction accident lawyers step in and fight to get them the help they deserve.
Call The Carrion Law Firm for help after your construction accident. Our attorneys may be able to take your case and represent you in your injury claim, working to get you compensation you need from your employer and other at-fault parties. For help, call our attorneys today at (718) 841-0083 to set up a free legal consultation.
Getting Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries in NYC
The aftermath of a construction accident is often difficult to navigate. In some cases, the law might prevent you from suing your employer because of workers’ compensation laws. Independent contractors might have the opposite problem: workers’ comp. might not cover them, and they might not know how else to afford treatment and get help with medical bills and lost wages. Our NYC construction accident lawyers can offer you the help you need and work to get your injuries compensated.
Any time someone is injured at a job where they work as an employee, workers’ compensation is supposed to be the main way they get coverage. However, workers’ compensation does not cover independent contractors or employers themselves. That means that many contractors on construction sites can avoid the issues these rules pose and hold the at-fault party liable for their accident in a lawsuit.
If you are an employee of another contractor or you work directly for a construction company, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation coverage that can help you get medical bills and lost wages covered regardless of who was at fault. But you may be able to sue for injuries instead, potentially opening up additional damages, if any of the following exceptions apply:
- Your employer intentionally injured you
- Someone else intentionally injured you
- Your employer did not have workers’ comp. insurance or denied your benefits
- A third party was responsible for your injury (e.g., a driver who hit you with their car, an equipment manufacturer, etc.)
In any of these situations, you could be entitled to take the at-fault parties to court – whether that is your employer or someone else – and sue them for damages.
Proving Fault in a Construction Accident Injury Case
To get compensation for an accident on a construction site, you need to prove that someone caused the accident either intentionally or through negligence. Intentionally rigged accidents are rare, but victims of workplace violence commonly sue employers and co-workers for assault and battery at work on a construction site. Otherwise, when injuries happen by accident, you can sue on the grounds that the at-fault party was “negligent.”
Negligence is a legal principle made up of four main elements: a legal duty, a breach of duty, causation, and damages. Employers owe their workers a duty to provide a safe work environment, proper safety gear, proper safety training, and other reasonable safety precautions to avoid injury. Whenever anyone breaches the legal duty that they owe someone, they can be held liable for the resulting injuries. The causation element requires you to prove that the injuries would not have occurred but for the defendant’s breach of duty. Lastly, you have to prove what damages and injuries resulted from the accident by producing medical records and other evidence.
Common types of construction accidents satisfy these elements and can typically become the basis for a construction accident lawsuit:
- Employers can be held liable for injuries that result from a lack of safety training.
- Safety equipment manufacturers can be held liable for injuries from defective gear.
- Power tool manufacturers can be held liable for dangerous equipment malfunctions that injure workers.
- Co-workers can be held liable for injuries from careless mistakes, such as dropping tools off high places or failing to warn a worker about live electric cables.
- Drivers alongside roadworks projects can be held liable for hitting construction workers with their car.
- Property owners can be held responsible for failing to warn construction workers and contractors about dangerous conditions on their job site.
These and many other accidents can form the basis of a construction injury case, and our NYC construction accident attorneys can help collect the evidence necessary to prove your injury case in court.
When to Contact a Lawyer for Construction Injuries in NYC
If you were hurt in an accident on a construction site, you should call a lawyer as soon as you can. Injury cases can take a long time. Evidence will need to be collected, cases will need to be filed in court, papers will need to be served on the defendants, discovery will need to be arranged, negotiations will take place, and a trial may need to happen. This process is best started as soon as you can start it – and your lawyer can help you move forward while you focus on healing. Moreover, our lawyers can help make sure you meet any filing deadlines, and we can coordinate your care, keep records, and take other steps to keep your case on good footing. Call us as early in the process as you are able to.
NYC Construction Accident Attorneys Offering Free Legal Consultations
Call The Carrion Law Firm and our NYC construction accident lawyers for help with your injury case. We represent injured construction workers and their families, and our attorneys fight for financial compensation to help you cover medical costs, expenses at home, and other needs. We also fight for compensation for pain and suffering and other harms. For a free case consultation, call us at (718) 841-0083.