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A comprehensive guide on Construction site accidents in New York

In New York, the rate of construction injuries is five times more than any other industries. According to the statistics of 2018, The New York Department of Buildings had reported a total of 761 injuries. So anyone who has or is facing injuries from construction site accidents need to immediately seek help from a personal injury lawyer to preserve your rights and get what you deserve. The serious accidents on construction sites take place when there are violations of safety standards.  These injuries take place due to 7 main reasons:

  • Being struck by heavy object
  • slip and falls
  • third party default
  • product defect
  • lack of safety equipment
  • Electrocutions
  • Getting trapped between two heavy objects

Things to know if you have been injured in New York construction sites

There are few important things that one should know if he has been injured in construction sites. Before that you can take a look at this blog- ‘Are disability rights being violated in NYCHA buildings?’ It’s a case where NYCHA building is held responsible for neglecting its development.

Who can I hold responsible for my injury?

There are no laws where the aggrieved party can sue the employer for the accident. But there are laws which permit complaints and charges to be filed against other parties who were responsible for this accident. In construction cases, things are bit different. There are many workers working together so the number of parties responsible for this injury can be more than one. Sometimes, the manufacturer of equipment can also be held responsible for supplying defective products. In every circumstance, a lawyer will carefully examine the issue in order to find out which party can be held responsible for the injury.

What damages can I collect?

Under the Workers Compensation Insurance, the benefits of compensation have been limited to a certain amount.  So the aggrieved party needs to file a workers compensation claim in order to recover the compensations. However, the injured party does not get compensations for the lost pensions or wages. However, a complaint can be filed against a third party and their manager in order to compensate for the monetary and non-monetary damages. Once you file a case against the third party, you can expect to recover compensations on the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • rehabilitation expenses
  • Loss of consortium if family members are negatively affected by the injury
  • Expenses which are out of pocket
  • Pain and suffering

It is only a construction site accident attorney who can help you to settle the compensations. The New York attorneys are highly experienced and knowledgeable and they can help you to get out of this in a hassle free manner.