As anyone who has ever worked a construction job knows, the risks of injury come from many different places. Experienced construction workers are aware that using large power tools, lifting heavy weights, and working around construction vehicles all contribute to the risks of potential injury-causing accidents for workers.
However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most frequent cause of fatal accidents at a construction job is falling. Out of 1,008 construction-related deaths on the job in 2018 in the United States, 338 of them, or about one-third, occurred because of falls.
Aside from these tragic, fatal falls, thousands of construction workers suffer debilitating injuries after falling. If this happened to you, consider hiring the team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to help with your case. As an injury lawyer for construction accidents caused by falls from heights, we know how tough these injuries are for the victim and his or her family. Contact us today at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation. A member of our staff is able to answer your questions in English, Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.
Dangers of Falling from a Height
Construction workers in New York City are especially in danger of suffering from a fall, as so many construction projects in the five boroughs involve tall buildings. In 2018, the City of New York reported 191 injuries and two fatalities related to workers falling while on a construction job. Even a fall from a couple of feet has been known to cause a fatality and such low-height falls can also cause severe or catastrophic injuries. Any type of fall from a height at a construction project can be extremely dangerous for the worker.
Types of Injuries When Falling from a Height
Numerous potentially life-altering injuries occur after a fall, such as:
- Chest trauma, including rib fractures
- Collapsed lung
- Internal organ lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of vision or hearing
If you believe negligence at the worksite from the project manager, the construction company, the property owner, a co-worker, or a third party led to your fall, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to discuss your case. We have seen the devastating effects of these injuries while serving as an injury lawyer for construction accidents caused by falls from heights. Call us as soon as possible at (516) 932-0400 for a free review of your case. We will meet our clients anywhere on Long Island or in the metropolitan area of New York.
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Recovering from Your Injuries
If you suffer a fall injury at the worksite, you probably will seek emergency medical care at a hospital. If this happens, you will have a medically documented account of your injuries as well as a treatment and, potentially, a preliminary rehabilitation plan in hand.
Following the Doctor’s Plan
Once you have a recovery plan in hand, it is important to follow it to the end, subject toe the modifications your treating doctor(s) may make as treatment progresses and your condition changes in response. Always follow your doctor’s advice. This action gives you a chance of recovering from your injuries. You should not skip doctor’s appointments or therapy sessions. If you need to change the plan, discuss it with your doctor.
If you do not follow your doctor’s advice, the insurance company representing the negligent party could try to argue that your injuries were not as serious as originally thought or not as serious as they are claimed to be. (e.g., “If he was hurt that badly, why did he stop treating?”) The insurer is then able to argue that you do not deserve the settlement you are demanding because you exaggerated the severity of your injuries. While this may be totally untrue, if such a case is ever presented to a jury, the defense lawyers would likely make such an argument, attempting to cast you in a bad light.
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Items Eligible for Compensation
When you file a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to recover losses related to your injury, several factors will play a role in determining the settlement or award you could receive. Including the following types of damages:
- Medical bills: This is compensation for medical bills you have paid to date, as well as an estimate of medical costs you have in the future related to the injury.
- Lost wages: This compensation is for the time you missed from work while you recovered from your injuries, as well as an estimate of wages you miss in the future.
- Pain and suffering: this is an award for the pain you endured related to the injury, as well as any diminished quality of life you have going forward because of ongoing physical and mental trauma related to your construction accident.
If you lost a loved one in a construction accident fall from a height, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We are available to make a wrongful death claim on your behalf. You deserve to heal from your loss. Let us help you through this difficult time. It is our goal win the compensation you need and the justice your deceased loved one deserves.
Let Us Defend Your Right to Receive the Compensation You Deserve
We take pride in defending the rights of Long Island construction workers injured in the five boroughs of New York City or on Long Island. We will work on your behalf to establish legal and financial liability on the part of the construction company and property owner or prove negligence and establish legal fault based upon the actions of a third party.
As an injury lawyer for construction accidents caused by falls from heights, the team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will perform the following services for you:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify all the liable parties involved
- Communicate on your behalf with said parties
- Gather all pertinent evidence
- Determine a fair settlement value for your case
You do not have to pay anything upfront to secure our services, as we work on a contingency-fee-basis. Should you choose to hire us, we will begin working on your behalf immediately. For a free case review, call us at (516) 932-0400 today.