If you experienced a construction accident in any of the five boroughs of New York City or on Long Island and you are now suffering from an injury, we have important news. Even though you may be anxious about paying your medical bills and other accident-related costs, all while missing time from work, it is important for you to know that you deserve to be compensated and we are determined to make that happen
- Types of Construction Accidents We Accept
- Types of Damages Recovered in an Oceanside Construction Accident
- How an Oceanside Construction Accident Lawyer Helps You
- Compensation for Your Injuries and Other Losses
- Establishing Negligence to Prove Liability
- Investigating Your Accident to Gather Evidence
- Understanding Workers’ Compensation Claims
- Exploring Third-Party Compensation Claims
- What Compensation Can You Receive from a Third-Party Claim?
- Fatalities Resulting from Construction Accidents
- We Fight for Your Right to Compensation
Types of Construction Accidents We Accept
Construction accidents happen in a multitude of ways and locations. Over the course of our years practicing law in this area, we have successfully handled the following common types of construction accidents:
- Getting caught in or between equipment
- Falling or flying debris
- Collapsing ceilings, roofs, or buildings
- Electric shock or electrocution
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Falling from ladders
- Scaffolding falls
- Accidents with motor vehicles, like delivery trucks
We are ready to take on your claim resulting from any of l the above and more. If you were injured in a construction accident, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 now.
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Types of Damages Recovered in an Oceanside Construction Accident
Construction accidents can result in serious injuries that devastate a person’s physical and financial health. The damages you can seek to recover go beyond your medical expenses and take into account the impact your injury will have on your ability to work or perform everyday household tasks—even your ability to enjoy the quality of life you otherwise would have experienced.
We will identify how this accident has impacted you, along with the economic value of those losses, to determine the value of your case.
Some of the types of damages you might recover include:
- Medical tests, lab fees, imaging, etc.
- Medical treatment
- Medications and medical devices
- Lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Impaired quality of life
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How an Oceanside Construction Accident Lawyer Helps You
When you hire Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to recover damages for your construction accident, you get more than a legal advocate. You get our commitment to:
- Provide you with timely, proactive updates on your case
- Identify at-fault parties
- Establish liability
- Communicate with all the parties in your case
- Investigate your accident and gather evidence
- Calculate your recoverable damages
- Handle every aspect of your case
- Fight relentlessly to win the best possible case outcome for you
The only thing left for you to do is to relax and recover from your injury. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400, so we can start building your case and help you to restore your life.
Additional Benefits of Hiring Our Law Firm
Additional benefits of having our law firm on your side include:
- We have a multilingual staff to assist you in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada
- You can move forward from your injuries while our firm handles every detail of your claim
- We are familiar with construction site injury claims
- We understand New York laws and how they apply to injury cases
Compensation for Your Injuries and Other Losses
When you are injured while working on a construction site, you can seek workers’ compensation insurance benefits to cover the medical treatment and, in part, the lost income costs resulting from your injuries. If your workplace injury occurred as the result of a third party’s negligence, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against this entity to recover damages—some of which, like pain and suffering damages, are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
Some examples of third parties that could play a role in a construction accident include:
- Property owners
- Equipment manufacturers and vendors
- General contractors
- Property managers
If a third party’s negligence caused your construction accident injury, the legal team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will fight for your right to compensation. In some circumstances, due to the complex nature of some construction accidents and the many trade group and business entities physically at or legally associated with construction sites, parties that were not negligent may still have legal liability.
Identifying the At-Fault Party
Regardless of how you were injured in your construction accident, we invite you to call us. We will analyze the facts, conduct an investigation, and determine if any third party has liability. We will hold all liable parties financially responsible for all the harm you have suffered since the accident and that you may suffer in the future.
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Establishing Negligence to Prove Liability
Tort law requires that certain criteria be met before a party is held liable for the injuries you sustained in a construction accident. As the plaintiff, you must prove that the third party was negligent, and this negligence caused your injury.
In a legal setting, proving negligence is accomplished via a strictly formatted procedure, as follows:
- Duty of Care: The plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty of care to keep the plaintiff from injury or harm.
- Breach of Duty: The defendant neglected to fulfill this duty of care.
- Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident that caused your injury.
- Damages: The plaintiff sustained actual damages as a result of your injury.
Special Risks for Construction Workers
New York law recognizes the special risks and hazards faced by construction workers. It provides protection by holding certain other entities, for example, property owners and general contractors, potentially responsible for injuries you sustained on a construction site, even in situations where they may not have been negligent. These laws seek to compel property owners and general contractors to take a more aggressive role in ensuring worker safety on construction sites.
Due to the complex nature of laws governing construction accidents and the interaction of so many trades and businesses at construction sites in general, it is highly recommended that you have a dedicated construction accident lawyer review the circumstances of your claim to get the best advice regarding your injury claim.
Our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience working with construction injury claims on Long Island. Many of our clients have suffered injuries on construction sites in New York City. We know how to establish negligence or recognize when laws that do not require negligence apply to make your lawsuit return the compensation you deserve.
Investigating Your Accident to Gather Evidence
The first thing to build a compelling case is strong evidence. To ensure we have the right evidence for your case, we launch an investigation into how your construction accident happened, how it has affected you emotionally, physically, and economically, and who should be liable for those losses.
Depending upon the unique circumstances of your accident, our investigation will involve:
- Visiting the construction site scene where your accident occurred
- Interviewing witnesses
- Gathering OSHA safety violation records where applicable
- Gathering photos and videos to document the scene
- Collecting all your medical records and physician’s statements
- Speaking with industry experts to develop the most in-depth understanding of your accident that we can
- Obtaining a copy of the property accident report
- Getting copies of your wage statements from your employer
As needed, our legal team will also seek the professional opinions of experts in the fields of economics, medicine, life care planning, and vocational rehabilitation. These experts can speak to the impact your injury has had and will continue to have on your life for years to come. Their input will be incorporated into our demand for recoverable damages.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation Claims
Almost every employer in New York is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance protects employees if they are injured or fall ill on the job. Workers’ compensation covers medical costs and lost wages for your work-related injury. The goal is to return workers to the workforce as quickly as possible following an injury.
In exchange, employees cannot sue an employer for a job-related injury. If your injury or illness requires extensive medical care and long-term rehabilitation, and you have endured pain and suffering, these damages will most likely exceed the amount workers’ compensation covers. While you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer, you have legal options.
Exploring Third-Party Compensation Claims
We will work to identify third-party entities that may be liable for your workplace accident. To explain the terms:
- You are the first party
- Your employer is the second party
- Any other person or entity that may share liability is the third party
Under New York’s workers’ compensation laws, you can’t sue your employer, but you may be able to receive compensation from a third-party. In addition to the potential third parties mentioned above, these parties may also include:
- Manufacturers of your production or construction equipment
- Maintenance firms tasked with maintaining the equipment on construction sites
- A driver who causes an accident on the site
What Compensation Can You Receive from a Third-Party Claim?
You may seek compensation via a third-party claim for:
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium (These are the special types of losses, recognized by law, that a person suffers when their spouse is seriously injured or killed.)
- Loss of companionship
There may be additional damages that would apply to your unique case. A team member is ready to discuss the details of your case during a complimentary consultation.
Fatalities Resulting from Construction Accidents
Forty-one construction workers died in the state of New York in 2020, according to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NYCOSH) annual report. The number reflects a nine percent increase in the state’s fatality rate, well above the national average. Falls remain the leading cause of construction fatalities in the state.
If you lost a loved one due to injuries sustained in a New York construction accident, we are very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are entitled to pursue a wrongful death action to help you meet the tremendous financial burdens the passing of your loved one may have left for you to cope with.
An Oceanside construction accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. would be honored to represent you in this legal action. You will be provided compassionate care and treated with the respect you deserve, and we will fight for you relentlessly. Call us today at (516) 932-0400.
If a loved one died due to injuries sustained in a construction accident, we would like to express our sincere condolences for your loss. We would like to help you. You are entitled to pursue a wrongful death action. Our legal team will always fight for your right to compensation and treat you with the dignity and compassion you deserve
We Fight for Your Right to Compensation
The multi-lingual staff at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is ready to receive your call so we can begin reviewing your case. Keep in mind that New York’s statute of limitations under NY § 214 (or other time-limiting statute that may apply to the specific circumstances of your case,) specifies a certain amount of time by which you need to take legal action after your construction accident. The sooner we start, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Our construction accident team has the experience to handle the complexities of accidents on construction sites. If you aren’t sure of your next step, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today for a free case review and consultation: (516) 932-0400.