New York is one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. There is always something being torn down, put up, or renovated. If you work in the construction industry in any capacity, and your job takes you to Brooklyn, you have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.
Accidents happen, no matter how careful and cautious you are. No matter how many safety procedures and rules you follow, accidents are may still find a way to happen. When they do occur, the resulting injury can have a significant and often devastating effect on your daily life, your ability to work, and your financial security.
After a Brooklyn Construction Accident
After an accident at work, there is the likelihood that you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim to collect what you may be owed from your employer’s insurer, or even damages that occurred due to the negligent actions of a third party. Your injuries may keep you from working, and you will likely need financial compensation to stay afloat.
Getting the compensation you potentially deserve can be challenging without legal representation. To have the best chance of collecting fair compensation, it is important to work with a skilled attorney that is experienced with workers’ compensation claims. Personal injury law firms like Shulman & Hill have the experience you can leverage in order to secure you and your family’s future.
Liability For Construction Accidents In New York
New York has labor laws that enable construction workers to hold property owners liable, as well as general contractors, for any injuries sustained while working at a job site.
Injuries From Inadequate Protection
Injuries of this type will occur from contractors or property owners failing to provide “reasonable and adequate protection” to the lives, health, and safety of all of their employees and others that will be on the premises. Failing in this can potentially leave them liable for any injuries that result.
Injuries Related To Scaffolding
New York has a “Scaffolding Law” that states that general contractors, as well as property owners, can be strictly liable for injuries if their employees are hurt on or near any of the following:
- Hoists and stays
- Slings and hangers
Strict liability means that your case will not need to prove the negligence of the owner or contractor.
Who Is Responsible For My Brooklyn Construction Accident
There are many things going on on a construction site, and there is a good chance that more than one factor contributed to your accident. If that is the case, you may be able to seek compensation from more than one party. These parties may include:
- Equipment manufacturers
- Government agencies
- Property owners
When an injury happens on the job site and there are multiple parties at fault, you may be able to recover damages from any of those responsible for your injuries. The carelessness, negligence, and wrongful actions of another party caused you to get hurt, so they should be held accountable. Examples of negligence would be a design flaw, a defective tool or item, or unsafe work conditions due to poorly manages premises.
If your employer was at fault, damages caused by their negligence would count as a workers’ compensation case.
Damages That Victims Can Seek
There are a couple of factors that determine what type of damages you can claim. If your employer is at fault for the accident and you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, you are limited to disability, lost wages, and medical bills. If another party was responsible for the accident and you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can potentially claim a more extensive list of damages, including compensation for disfigurement, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, nursing care, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and more.
When it comes to filing insurance claims and lawsuits, insurance companies might attempt to get away with paying out as little as possible. In order to ensure you earn the maximum compensation, the experienced attorneys at Shulman & Hill can help.
When we take on a client, we build a powerful case in their favor, showcasing all necessary facts with expert-backed testimony, reliable evidence, and convincing arguments. This combined with an excellent experience of negotiation will help us recover every penny you most likely are entitled to.
After a Construction Accident
It is always best to report your injury right away, then speak with a lawyer since the statute of limitations may prevent you from filing a claim if you wait too long. To secure a claim dealing with workers’ compensation, you need to let your employer as soon as you can.
The best thing to do is to contact an experienced Brooklyn personal injury law firm like Shulman & Hill to discuss your case. The legal team there will consider the details of your case carefully and will go over your options for seeking compensation. Not only will they have the knowledge you need to build a strong case, but they will know how to effectively present that case at every stage of the claims process.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
If you or a loved one were injured while working at a Brooklyn construction site, the damages can certainly turn your life upside-down. When unexpected medical expenses and lost wages start adding up, you may not be sure how you will be able to pay everything off. Contact the professionals at Shulman & Hill to schedule a free consultation to go through your case and discuss your options in detail.
Our attorneys have the skills and experience necessary to help you file a claim, handle the paperwork, and determine all liable parties. We will gladly negotiate with insurers and make sure you receive a fair settlement for your case, while you focus on recovering from the injury. If a fair settlement is unavailable, we will fiercely represent you in court and be your ally throughout the entire process.