Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer
Using a Long Island construction accident lawyer from The Platta Law Firm is the best way to ensure that you receive fair compensation after a construction accident. We have a thorough understanding of the complexities of New York’s construction laws, and you’ll need the broad expertise of our legal team to fight for your rights.
Our Long Island construction accident lawyers are heavily experienced in representing victims of construction disasters. With a proven track record of huge settlements on our clients’ behalf, we are passionate about pursuing justice for you and your loved ones.
Don’t face the aftermath of a construction accident alone. Reach out to us today at 212-514-5100 for a free consultation. Your road to recovery starts here with The Platta Law Firm.
A Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer Knows the Dangers
Our legal team is well aware of the statistics related to the treacherous climate of working at a Long Island construction site.
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) described construction as one of the most dangerous industries in the country, with workers risking their lives every day. Construction deaths account for 24% of all worker deaths in New York state, a figure that’s higher than the national average of 21%.
Data gathered by the Center for Construction Research and Training indicates that workers with long careers in construction have a 75% chance of experiencing a disabling injury. They also have a 1-in-200 chance of being killed on the job.
Lastly, men make up about 91% of the construction industry, with women representing about 9% of the construction labor force. The Public Health Post reports that although 92% of workers dying by occupational injuries are men, both men and women construction workers experience injury and fatalities on the job.
The Platta Law Firm has a deep-rooted connection to the local community and a thorough understanding of the unique challenges that construction industry workers face. We are standing by and ready to help you navigate the repercussions of your construction site injury.
Frequently Occurring Construction Accidents
The potential hazards at Long Island construction sites are many. And, in spite of safety guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate.
In fact, The New York committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) reported that OSHA fines for construction fatalities increased for the 5th year in a row.
Construction workers operate at extreme heights on scaffolding, ladders and elevated structures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that construction deaths due to falls have increased in recent years. Heavy machinery and equipment used in construction add another layer of danger.
Lack of proper training and equipment malfunction can also result in devastating accidents. Falling objects, including tools, materials, and debris, create a constant threat to both workers and bystanders. Electrical hazards, such as exposed wires and faulty connections, introduce the risk of electrical shocks, fires, and even electrocution. Some of the most common types of construction accidents are:
- Falls from Heights
- Being Struck by Objects
- Being Caught Between Objects
- Defective Equipment and Machinery
- Fire and Explosions
- Toxic Exposure
- Trench and Excavation Mishaps
Our award-winning attorneys have the expertise to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your construction accident. You will have unique needs resulting from your accident and our team will know exactly how to proceed in getting the maximum award you deserve.
Common Construction Site Injuries
There are numerous types of injuries that can result from a Long Island construction accident. One of the most debilitating or even fatal injuries sustained at construction sites is traumatic brain injury (TBI). A long-term study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed that a quarter of all deaths in the construction industry were caused by TBIs. Many of these TBI injuries were caused by falls, whether by falling from a height or by slip-and-fall incidents.
Crushing injuries are also common. About 60% of construction laborers work closely with heavy materials, machinery, and equipment while on the job. Any part of the body can be crushed or caught between these elements, resulting in cuts, broken bones, damaged organs, or even amputations. Other types of construction site injuries include:
- Back Injuries: Heavy lifting, incorrect posture, or equipment accidents can result in back injuries such as herniated discs, nerve compression, or spinal fractures.
- Burns: Welding, hot materials, chemicals, or electrical accidents can result in thermal, chemical, or electrical burns.
- Respiratory Problems: Exposure to dust, fumes, or toxic substances can lead to respiratory issues such as lung disease or asthma.
- Eye Injuries: Flying debris, chemicals, or welding flash can cause eye injuries including abrasions, foreign body penetration, or blindness.
- Suffocation: Workers can be trapped in confined spaces or trenches, leading to choking or suffocation.
- Overexertion Injuries: Repetitive motions or awkward postures can lead to muscle and ligament injuries such as strains and sprains.
The Platta Law Firm understands the physical, emotional, and financial devastation a construction injury or fatality can cause you and your family. We know the impact of these incidents can be long-lasting. Your well-being is our priority, and we want to ensure that you’re taken care of now and in the future.
Preventing Construction Mishaps on Long Island
Minimizing the risk of accidents at a construction site is critical for the safety and health of workers. OSHA recommends some key strategies and practices to help reduce the risk of accidents. Some of these steps include:
- Comprehensive Safety Training
- Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Wearing High-Visibility Clothing
- Covering and Securing Floor Openings
- Use of Fall Arrest Equipment
- Maintaining a Safe Distance from Power Lines
- Regular Tool and Equipment Maintenance
- Safe Storage of Flammable Materials
- Use of Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters
- Properly Securing Tools and Other Materials
Unfortunately, even when following all these measures, accidents can still happen. Consulting with a member of our qualified team will help you navigate the process of obtaining compensation for your losses. We have access to a wide network of resources such as industry professionals who can provide valuable insights and testimony to strengthen your case.
Who is Liable for Construction Accidents?
Determining liability for a construction accident can be a complex and tedious process. Fortunately, The Platta Law Firm has an impressive depth of experience navigating the New York Labor Laws that will inform your case. Liability for construction accidents also depends on the specific circumstances of the accident and the parties involved. One or more of the following persons or entities may potentially be liable for accidents occurring at a construction site:
- General Contractor
- Property Owner
- Architects and Engineers
- Manufacturers and Suppliers
- Government Organizations
- Third Parties
Our team will provide the skilled guidance needed to steer you through the laws and regulations pertaining to your case. We’ll determine who is liable for the accident and assess the level of responsibility of each party involved. The Platta Law Firm will help you make the best possible decisions about your settlement so that you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
The Advantages of a Long Island Construction Accident Attorney
Utilizing the services of a construction accident lawyer can offer you several benefits. The Platta Law Firm is dedicated to going above and beyond to offer you the best possible experience during a very challenging time.
We have the resources and experience to thoroughly examine the specifics of your accident and gather the evidence needed to build a strong case. Additionally, every one of our lawyers is also a skilled negotiator who can manage difficult conversations with employers, insurance companies, and other parties who might try to avoid paying out a fair settlement. We’ll use those same negotiation skills to build a powerful legal argument to support your case if it goes to trial.
We also understand the intricacies of the workers’ compensation system. We can support you in correctly completing the appropriate forms that are necessary to claim benefits. Construction accidents also have specific time limitations for filing claims. We can ensure that you meet these deadlines so that you don’t lose your right to seek compensation.
Finally, we’ll fight for the maximum compensation available to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future costs related to the injury.
If you’ve been in a construction accident, it is vital to go to the nearest hospital to check for injuries. This can be very important for your case. On Long Island, you can go to:
- NYU Langone Long Island Cardiac Care
- Long Island Community Hospital
- Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
For fire-related incidents, be sure to visit one of Long Island’s Engine Rooms:
Why The Platta Law Firm is Unique
We offer a comprehensive range of legal services tailored to each construction accident victim’s case. We cover personal injury, workers’ compensation, and third-party liability claims. With our lawyers, you have the following assurances:
- Peace of Mind: Legal representation can provide peace of mind during a challenging time, allowing you to focus on your recovery while your lawyer handles the legal aspects of your case.
- Contingency Fee Arrangement: The aftermath of a construction accident can bring on terrible financial stress. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you win your case. This can dramatically ease your financial burden.
- Advocacy for Your Rights: A lawyer from The Platta Law Firm is your personal advocate, working tirelessly to fight for your rights throughout the legal process.
If you have been involved in a construction accident, you’ll want one of our exceptional construction accident lawyers on your side. Providing you with personalized consultation, we’ll build a powerful case that allows you to focus on recovery while your legal rights are safeguarded. Begin to rebuild your life. Call us at 212-514-5100 to speak with a dedicated Long Island construction accident lawyer today.
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