What are the 5 things to do after being injured in a construction accident?
- Call 911 – you need to be taken to the hospital, by ambulance, from the location of your accident. Do not go home or to the hospital on your own – it is the biggest mistake you can make!
- Before going to the hospital, if possible, use your phone to take a video or pictures of the location of your accident to document what happened.
- While waiting for the ambulance, call our legal team 24/7 at 212-514-5100. We will explain your legal rights and supervise your hospital stay to make sure all of your injuries are attended to. You will not have to pay any medical bills! Our attorneys can come and meet you at the hospital and discuss your future treatment with doctors on your behalf. We’ll provide the proper insurance information to the hospital.
- By reporting your accident, you are not suing your employer! Our lawyers will file a workers’ compensation claim for you. This is equivalent to getting health insurance which is normally provided by an employer or the state. This will also pay for lost wages while you are disabled.
- After speaking with one of our attorneys about the accident, make sure it is reported to your supervisor or foreman within 30 days of the accident
Is a construction accident legal consultation free?
Our law firm welcomes every construction worker to report their case with absolutely No Consultation Fee Required. We understand the importance of these cases and the stress it brings upon our clients and their families.
The Platta Law Firm provides the following:
- Free 24/7 Legal Help Hotline (212-514-5100) and chat on our website with answers provided by attorneys.
- Free Review of Your Entire accident case.
- Free Evaluation of the law applicable to your accident.
Do I need a witness to prove my construction accident case?
No, but having a witness for a construction accident can be helpful. If the witness’s testimony aligns with yours, it can be very beneficial. An experienced attorney will prepare the witness before they testify to make sure that the facts are clearly presented during a hearing or trial. Other forms of evidence that we can secure on your behalf include:
- Pictures, security footage, and recordings
- Written statements
- Pieces of equipment from construction site
- Police Reports or Accident Reports
- Medical Records
- Evidence of Pain and Suffering
- Sworn Testimony
Remember that an unwitnessed accident can also bring you compensation. You do not need witnesses to win your case!
How much compensation can I receive for my construction accident?
There is no question that construction accidents can deliver large settlements or verdicts. A recovery from a construction accident case can range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars depending on the injuries and proven economic loss. Nevertheless, the amount of compensation depends not only on injuries and facts of the case but more importantly, the competency of your legal team.
Here are a few injuries that qualify for larger compensations:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Surgery
- Soft tissue surgeries (tears of ligaments) – shoulders, knees, hip
Your injuries and future economic loss combined with our legal expertise, will determine the final outcome of your case. Remember, you will need money to support yourself and your family after a construction accident. You can call our lawyers at The Platta Law Firm 24/7. We will stand by you in this time of need.
Is it important to check what a construction accident law firm accomplished before hiring one?
Well, it is like hiring a professor versus a student. Would you rather use the experience of the professor or would you be ok with the experience of a student? Our attorneys have over four decades of combined legal experience focused on representing construction accident victims. This will make the difference between a life-changing recovery and a court dismissing your case. Renowned legal publishers for New York State such as Top New York Settlements & Verdicts (Thompson Reuters) and Verdict Search list our results almost every year as an example of excellence in practice.
What New York laws protect construction accident victims?
Our experienced construction accident lawyers are prepared to show in court how falling from a height or being struck by a falling object was caused by a violation of Labor Law Section 240(1). Under this law, workers must be provided with specific safety devices, such as scaffolds or ladders, that protect them from falling from a height. The same law protects workers’ rights when struck by falling objects such as construction materials or debris. When these types of accidents happen, the law renders the property owner and general contractor liable for the workers’ injuries. A violation of this law allows a construction worker to recover monetary damages from the property owner or the general contractor.
In addition, under New York Labor Law Section 241(6), an owner or general contractor is responsible for failing to comply with the specific regulations of the State’s Industrial Code (Rule 23). Violations of this section occur for multiple reasons. They include, inter alia, falls to an uncovered hole, slips or trips on construction debris left on the floor, or collapses of a trench wall.
Finally, we can also show in Court that the New York Labor Law Section 200 protects you in a situation where a contractor failed to provide a reasonable and adequate protection at a construction site.
Can I bring a lawsuit against my employer after a construction accident?
No, even if the employer was responsible for causing the injury!
There is a very limited exception to this rule if the employer does not provide you with workers compensation insurance. You are entitled to file a civil lawsuit against such an employer who will be then responsible for payment of your personal injury compensation. Most of the employers in New York State have workers compensation insurance that covers them in case of their employees’ accident. On the other end, the existence of such insurance prevents you, the injured party, from bringing a case against the employer in civil court.
To get help with filing your workers compensation claim, call (24/7) our workers compensation attorneys at 212-514-5100
What are the most common construction site accidents?
Our law firm understands every cause of injury that results from construction work, and here are some that occur most often:
Who is responsible for my construction accident?
Many parties can be blamed for your construction accident. The lawsuit filed on your behalf is usually directed against the building owner and the General Contractor. Never your employer!
Call our experienced construction accident lawyers at 212-514-5100 to find out who is responsible for your compensation and how much you can recover. In fact, our knowledgeable construction accident attorneys may decide to sue additional parties to bring you a better result. Below is a list of who may or may not be responsible for your accident:
- General Contractor
- Construction Site Owners
- Property Manager
- Building Owner
- Manufacturers (of equipment and machinery)
NYC Construction Accident Statistics
Working at a construction site is one of the most dangerous careers in the United States. The chances of workers becoming injured increase greatly in New York City, where new construction projects more than double those of the next metropolitan area. Today there are approximately 40,000 active construction projects. That means over 400,000 construction workers daily face the risk of getting seriously injured. Construction work often involves working at extreme heights or operating heavy equipment such as cranes and forklifts. This oftentimes creates even another potential hazard, objects falling from the work area above.
Statistics show that during the last six-month period, 286 construction accidents occurred within New York City with 5 fatalities. A majority of the construction-related accidents categorized by the Department of Buildings (DOB) involved a falling worker. This was followed by workers struck by a falling object.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, out of the over 5,250 employees who died on the job, over 21% of them, or 1 in 5, were construction workers. The leading cause of construction worker deaths was falls (33.5%). The next leading causes were: (1) being struck by falling objects; (2) electrocutions, and (3) “caught in/between” injuries. The last one occurs when a structure or equipment crushes or traps a worker.
As these statistics show, construction workers in NYC face the risk of becoming injured more than in any other career. For this reason, hiring a proper and qualified construction accident attorney in NYC makes all the difference. You need a law firm that gets you the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys will also represent you in your Workers’ Compensation claim. This includes securing insurance coverage for your post-accident medical treatment and reimbursement for lost wages. Unlike other NYC Construction Accident Law Firms, we do not refer your Workers’ Compensation case out. We handle your entire construction accident case and Workers’ Compensation case from start to finish at our law firm. Contact us 24/7 for a Free Consultation.