If you suffered injuries in a construction accident in Uniondale, NY, a Uniondale construction accident lawyer will represent you in negotiations with insurance companies and, depending upon the specific circumstances of your case, in aggressive litigation in court. We will do whatever is necessary to see that you recover the damages related to your injuries.
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In This Article
- New York’s Scaffold Law Works to Your Benefit
- We Provide Accident Victims with Compassionate Representation
- Types of Uniondale Construction Accidents We Accept
- Determining Who Might be Liable for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
- Proving Who is Liable for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
- How We Investigate to Gather Evidence for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
- Calculating Recoverable Damages for Your Construction Accident
- We Will Present Your Damages to All Relevant Parties
- We Will Bring You Justice for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
New York’s Scaffold Law Works to Your Benefit
Fatality rates for the construction industry are much higher than in other industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); roofers suffered the third-highest fatality rates. In 2020, construction workers suffered 1,008 fatal injuries, per the information provided on Page 9 of the BLS’s report. According to the information set forth on Page 2 of the report, the most common types of fatal accidents across all industries are:
- Transportation accidents
- Slips or trips and falls
- Attacks by humans or animals
- Harm done by equipment
Legislators created New York’s Scaffold Law (Labor Law § 240 and 241) to force contractors and owners to maintain workplace safety. Specifically, the law requires “all contractors and owners and their agents…to give proper protection” to workers in the construction industry who find themselves working at heights.
The law is based on the premise that construction site contractors and owners can more effectively control their site’s safety than the laborers who work on the sites.
The Scaffold Law is regarded as a strict/absolute liability statute. Construction site owners and contractors cannot raise a comparative negligence defense if their failure to give their workers “proper protection” results in a worker becoming injured. The law also applies to undocumented workers.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Uniondale, call 516-932-0400
We Provide Accident Victims with Compassionate Representation
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. has successfully handled cases in which construction workers have sustained severe and even catastrophic accident injuries due to violations of New York’s labor laws. We will be honored to serve as your voice in your case too and to fight relentlessly on your behalf.
Here is a partial list of the services we provide to construction accident victims in Uniondale:
- A free case review: Everyone who calls us is entitled to a free consultation. During this call, a member of our team will tell you if you have a valid legal case. Accepting this free review places you under no obligation to retain our services.
- Administrative services: We handle all of the paperwork generated by your case, including documentary evidence, notifications, and settlement agreements.
- Calculation of damages: Our team knows how to assess your injuries and assign them a precise and appropriate dollar amount. This way, you know you are getting what you need from the liable party.
- Multilingual assistance: If you are more comfortable speaking in Spanish, Greek, Tamil, Bengali, or Kannada, we will accommodate you. If you are comfortable communicating in a language not listed, we will gladly make arrangements to have a representative of our office communicate with you in another language.
- Professional legal advice: If you are ever unsure about where to take your case next, we will be there for you. We encourage clients to call or email us with any and all questions, and we respond to them quickly and efficiently.
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Types of Uniondale Construction Accidents We Accept
Construction sites present the potential for a multitude of accidents. Given the heights at which people work, the size of the machinery, the mass of objects being moved around, and all the moving parts and workers, construction accidents happen frequently and cause serious injuries.
Construction accidents result from a wide variety of causes, including:
- Buildings not being up to code
- Safety violations
- Accidents involving construction vehicles
- Accidents involving construction equipment
- Chemical leaks
- Falls (from ladders, scaffolding)
- Dropping objects, like tools or building materials
- Crane accidents
- The collapse of a structure
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
Our team of Uniondale construction accident lawyers will investigate your accident, determine the cause, then work on identifying the at-fault party.
Determining Who Might be Liable for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
When a construction accident happens, fault can be attributed to a number of parties, depending upon the circumstances.
Among the possible parties liable for your damages are:
- Third-party consultants
- The project General Contractor and any number of potentially liable subcontractors
- Suppliers of material and equipment
- Construction managers
- Property owners
After talking to you about your case, a Uniondale construction accident lawyer will launch an investigation to determine which party or parties caused your accident and/or which party or parties are liable for your accident.
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Proving Who is Liable for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
Generally, once our investigation has led us to a likely liable party or parties, we will proceed with proving negligence—the cornerstone for establishing liability for the damages resulting from your construction accident.
The law makes this part of the legal process clear and straightforward. To establish negligence, we must prove each of the following elements:
- That some party (or parties) had a duty to take reasonable care to keep you free from danger
- That said party (or parties) violated this duty of care by action or inaction
- That this lack of responsibility caused the accident that injured you
- That you have been harmed physically, financially, and emotionally as a result of the accident
Because establishing negligence is critical to your case, we leave no stone unturned to uncover every bit of compelling evidence available.
How We Investigate to Gather Evidence for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
We will put top-notch Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. resources to work investigating your accident and documenting your damages. Our objective is to compile a body of evidence best calculated to defeat the rigors of insurance company refusal and dissection by their defense lawyers.
Among the resources we tap are:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness accounts
- Medical records
- Accident reconstruction specialists
- Photos from the accident scene
- Safety records
- Wage statements from your employer
- Maintenance records for equipment
- Surveillance video
Depending upon the unique details of your case, we will also bring in experts to give their professional opinions on matters such as:
- The economic impact of your injuries
- How your injuries will affect your ability to work
- The long-term physical impact of your injuries
- How your injuries will require a different approach to your activites of daily living
Calculating Recoverable Damages for Your Construction Accident
The next step we take in delivering comprehensive service for your personal injury case is to create a list of all the damages—medical, professional, economic, life planning, etc.—you have suffered, will continue to suffer, and will incur in the future. We then use our experts’ opinions as vital building blocks, as we construct the strongest case possible, to attach monetary value to each of these damages.
Your list of damages might include:
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished quality of life
- Medical care/treatment
- Modifications to your home for accessibility
- Pain and suffering
- Imaging, lab tests
- Rehab/Physical therapy
- Emotional trauma
- Replacement services
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Permanent or temporary disability
- Scar tissue or other disfiguring marks
Finally, if you lost a loved one in a construction accident where another party has legal liability, we offer you our deepest, heartfelt condolences. If such a tragedy is what has led you to this page and you reach out to us, we promise that we will relentlessly pursue a wrongful death action on your behalf. We consider it a special privilege to fight for the surviving family members of wrongful death victims. We are determined to win the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves. Call our Uniondale construction accident lawyers to learn more.
How Much Is Your Construction Accident Case Worth?
The amount we have recovered in past construction accident cases has varied. For instance, some of our past cases have settled for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Others settled for several million. Why do these amounts vary so much? The amount you will receive depends on:
- How severe your injuries are
- The extent of negligence the liable party exhibited
- Whether your construction accident case is of a type where parties may be held liable without regard to their direct negligence. (For example, “the Scaffold Law”, discussed above.)
You might already have a partial idea of how much you deserve to recover for your injuries —for example, if you received a hospital bill for $10,000, then you would be justified to maintain that you are entitled to recover at least that much. Thanks to our more than 30 years of prosecuting cases for accident victims generally and construction accident victims in particular, we will work to identify a wide array of other damages that you deserve to recover, and then we will aggressively prosecute your claim to win every dollar you are entitled to.
Our team will take evidence like medical bills and combine them with our past experience and established legal formulas to determine what your settlement or jury award will include.
We Will Present Your Damages to All Relevant Parties
We will present your damages to the liable party’s insurance company and work to obtain the best possible settlement for you. If the insurer refuses to make the appropriate settlement offer, we are thoroughly experienced in filing lawsuits in a civil court. (In New York State, this is most often the Supreme Court located in the county where the case could ultimately be tried.) If your case calls for it, our services on your behalf will include litigating your case up to trial and then trying your case before a judge and jury.
It is our mission to win the best possible outcome for you, whether by negotiated settlement or when called for, a litigated outcome, and we are prepared to do what is necessary to succeed on your behalf.
Pretrial Settlements versus Jury Awards
How will you get compensation after a construction accident? This outcome will depend on many factors, including:
- How your accident happened and who caused it
- Whether the insurance company is willing to negotiate
- Other factors unique to your case
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., part of our job is to determine whether a pretrial settlement or a jury award will yield a more satisfactory outcome for our client. Often, pretrial settlements are the better option because they:
- Enable you to get your money faster
- Involve less risk of an undesirable outcome than going to court
- May be less stressful for already injured victims than courtroom trials
However, pretrial settlements are not a feasible option in all cases. If a jury award is your best bet, we will support you by:
- Arguing your case in court
- Patiently taking the time necessary to prepare you for your role in the trial so that you feel as comfortable and confident as possible
- Scheduling trial dates and participating in jury selection
- Submitting trial exhibits, legal briefs, and other paperwork
- Questioning and cross-examining witnesses
- Raising objections if the defense does not follow court rules
We Will Bring You Justice for Your Uniondale Construction Accident
Your only focus after your Uniondale construction accident should be to recover from your injuries. You should not have to worry about the financial end of your accident. Let us take this matter off your hands.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today for a free initial consultation.