Let Our New York Construction Accident Lawyer Explain Some Important Things You Need To Know If You Were Hurt in a Construction Accident
Construction work is one of the riskiest when it comes to the possibility of injury, or in some tragic instances, wrongful death. As a result, contractors and other employers are required to follow state and federal safety standards to provide workers with a reasonably safe work environment. When a contractor or other responsible entity fails to appropriately provide for worker safety and an accident results, you need to speak with one of our experienced New York City construction accident attorneys for immediate help.
How Do You Prove (and Win) a NYC Construction Accident Case?
The owner and general contractor of a work site are legally required to provide a safe place to work. This means that the work site, and the tools and equipment provided must be reasonably safe. There are times however when this is not done. Our experienced New York City construction accident attorneys have handled many claims against owners and contractors when they fail in this basic obligation. Some common construction accidents include:
- Scaffold collapse;
- Ladder accidents;
- Electrocution and burn accidents;
- Demolition-related accidents;
- … and other work related accidents.
Workers involved in job related accidents are usually entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. These benefits cover an injured workers’ lost earnings as well as the cost of accident related medical expenses. To qualify, you must report the accident to your employer and complete an incident report that details how the accident happened.
In addition to a Workers’ Compensation claim, an injured worker may be entitled to file a personal injury claim for pain and suffering, as well as other items of damage. This type of claim is made against a defendant other than the worker’s employer under the rules of premises liability, car accident liability or some other type of personal injury claim. For example, if a construction worker falls from a scaffold because the equipment is defective, he can file a workers compensation claim against his employer. However, he can also file a personal injury claim against the owner of the property who is charged with keeping scaffolds reasonably safe.
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