If you were injured on a construction site, you likely have legal options that may include both filing a workers’ compensation claim and pursuing a personal injury claim (Typically referred to as a “3rd Party Claim.) Some accident victims partner with a New York construction accident attorney to make the legal process easier to navigate.
Four of the most common construction accident injuries include fall injuries, electrocutions, injuries caused by falling objects, and caught/in-between injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction accident fatalities are most likely to occur as the result of one of these common types of injuries.
- Falls and Electrocutions Are Among the Most Common Types of Injuries on Construction Sites
- Your Legal Options If You Suffered a Construction Accident Injury
- Recoverable Damages in a Construction Accident Case
- Preventing Construction Site Injuries
- Connect With Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. After Suffering a Construction Accident Injury
Falls and Electrocutions Are Among the Most Common Types of Injuries on Construction Sites
There’s no denying that construction work is one of the riskiest jobs. You must climb to great heights, use heavy machinery, and operate power tools that could injure you. Because of the dangers associated with construction jobs, many people on construction sites suffer injuries that include:
Whether you slipped and fell on a wet surface or fell from a great height, your injuries are likely painful. The injuries you suffered might entitle you to compensation.
If you hire our law firm, we will explain your legal options and determine whether you should make a claim against or sue a liable third party, in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits
Electrical equipment, power lines, and other potential hazards often lead to electrocution injuries. You might be able to demand compensation from the party who caused the electricity-related construction accident.
Injuries Caused by Machinery or Falling Objects
When you’re working on a construction site, moving objects could fall from their position and injure you. For example, falling debris could get into your eyes or lungs and cause issues with seeing or breathing. Similarly, if the driver of a vehicle or construction machinery isn’t careful, they could back up into you, causing an injury such as:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Deep cuts
- Strains, sprains, and bruises
Sometimes, construction site workers need to enter a trench or excavation. This is risky, however, as unstable soil, water, or changes in weather conditions could trap a worker.
Caught-in/between injuries also occur when a worker is stuck between machinery and an object or gets pulled into machinery.
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Your Legal Options If You Suffered a Construction Accident Injury
If you were hurt on a construction site, you might be able to pursue financial compensation via a:
- Workers’ compensation claim: If you were working when your injury occurred, a workers’ compensation claim allows you to recover some of the damages you suffered, such as some of your medical expenses and lost earnings.
- Personal injury lawsuit: If another party caused your injuries, you might decide to file a fault-based case rather than a workers’ compensation claim. While you generally can’t sue your employer, you can take legal action against another liable party, such as a property owner, general contractor, or product manufacturer.
Navigating the legal process alone often feels overwhelming for accident victims who want to prioritize their recovery. If you don’t want to manage your case independently, consider partnering with a personal injury lawyer. By hiring a lawyer, you have someone on your side who will advocate for your rights and make the legal process less complex.
Recoverable Damages in a Construction Accident Case
Depending on whether you file a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury case, you might be entitled to damages that include:
- Your accident-related medical costs, including ambulance transportation, X-rays, doctor’s appointments, medications, and assistive devices
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) you developed because of the accident
- Loss of enjoyment of life if your injuries stop you from participating in hobbies or other activities you once enjoyed
- Lost income or reduced earning capacity if you had to spend time away from work or can’t work at your pre-accident job anymore
Your attorney will explain more about the damages you’re entitled to through a construction accident claim.
Wrongful Death Damages for Fatal Accidents on Construction Sites
If your loved one passed away because of a construction site injury, our firm extends to you our heartfelt condolences. You could recover compensation by filing a workers’ comp claim or a third-party lawsuit. Damages our wrongful death lawyers could recover for you include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical treatment expenses related to your loved one’s passing
- Loss of financial support
- Your loved one’s conscious pain and suffering
Whether wrongful death was caused by equipment malfunctions,a fatal fall, or some other construction worksite hazard, you and your family deserve justice for the loss of your loved one.
Preventing Construction Site Injuries
Taking precautions to prevent construction site accidents could save someone’s life. If you work at or visit construction sites often, ensure the following preventative measures are in place:
- Protective clothing is available for any construction worker who needs to use it
- Proper safety equipment
- Proper training
- A clean environment
- Clear signs that indicate where tools should be stored
- An emergency response plan
- Clear communication
If you were hurt on a construction site that did not have safety measures in place, a personal injury attorney will help you seek justice.
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Connect With Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. After Suffering a Construction Accident Injury
If you or someone you love was injured on a construction site, a personal injury lawyer will demand compensation for you. You might be eligible to submit a lawsuit or a workers’ compensation claim to recover the money you need.
Don’t wait to get started on your case, as there are legal deadlines we must adhere to. Call us today to take action or to learn more about your options. Our law firm provides free initial consultations, during which you can ask questions and seek legal advice. Contact us now.