Construction Accident Lawyers in Jericho
Providing You with Top Notch Legal Representation
In our metropolitan and suburban area safety requirements must be followed to ensure adequate protection for all construction workers. If you’ve been hurt, call us today to preserve your rights to compensation.
You can contact us online or feel free to call us today at (516) 932-0400.
Our Jericho construction accident lawyers know that mishaps may occur in many different settings and that improperly maintained construction accident sites pose great hazards for construction workers. Neglect of workplace safety can lead to catastrophes. Our attorneys handle all types of construction accident cases.
New York’s Scaffold Law (Labor Law §240) protects construction workers who work on ladders and scaffolds and are at risk from elevation-related activities. Labor Law §240 places responsibility for safety on those in control of ensuring that workers receive proper protection while performing elevation-related activities. The law applies not only to actual construction work, but also to erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning, and pointing of a building or structure. New York’s Labor Laws §200, §241 and industrial code are also designed to protect construction workers.
In the highly competitive construction industry, contracts often go to the lowest bidder. The labor laws of New York State are designed to ensure that workers are given adequate protection against injury. New York’s labor laws protect against cost-cutting measures that compromise worksite safety. This protection is important not only to the skilled and experienced worker but also to the low-wage undocumented worker who may lack formal training and who may have language barriers.
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we are often asked to help workers injured by violations of New York’s labor laws. Our lawyers handle many types of construction accident cases. We have successfully represented countless injured workers, helping to reconstruct their lives.
Your New York Workplace Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while performing construction work, we want to help you. Contact us today to talk about your case. There is no charge for the initial consultation. As all cases are controlled by statutes of limitations and other applicable time restrictions, our attorneys want to make sure that your rights are protected before it is too late!
Third Party Claims – Workers’ Compensation – Disability
First, some definitions: The injured worker is the First Party. The injured worker’s employer is the Second Party. Any other potentially legally responsible/liable (for the happening of the accident) person(s) are Third Parties. Third Party Claims are claims for money recovery by the injured person(s) against any responsible party that is not an employer (Second Party) or fellow employee of the injured person. These Third Party Claims are the claims that the attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P prosecute. Workers employed and injured in New York are entitled to New York State Workers Compensation benefits. The New York State Workers Compensation Board offers, as its mission statement, the following, “The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board protects the rights of employees and employers by ensuring the proper delivery of benefits to those who are injured or ill, and by promoting compliance with the law.”
To understand the different and complementary effects of Third Party Claims and workers’ compensation benefits, the following may be helpful: An electrician on a construction site trips and falls on debris left behind by the carpenters on the job site. If the electrician is hurt, he will have a workers’ compensation claim for medical expenses and lost wages. Above and beyond his or her workers’ compensation claim, he/she may very well have claims for money damages against the carpenter and the carpenter’s employer (assuming the carpenter was employed by a different employer than the electrician), the general contractor, the owner of the property, and/or any other persons/corporations who are found, through investigation and/or litigation discovery, to have contributed to the happening of the accident.
The supermarket worker who slips and suffers an injury because the outside refrigeration repair company failed to correct a leak properly will also have both a workers’ compensation claim and a Third Party Claim. The truck driver delivering a load who is stopped at a red light and is hit in the rear will also have both a workers’ compensation claim and a Third Party claim. As the variety of circumstances expressed above suggest, there are many, many examples of situations that would give rise to both workers’ compensation claims and Third Party Claims. The Jericho construction accident attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. focus on maximizing the money recovery of those who have suffered workplace injuries by asserting Third Party claims. We work closely with workers’ compensation attorneys to help reach the optimum outcome for our injured clients. We have been honored many times over the years to have had cases referred to our office by attorneys who limit their practice to workers’ compensation Law (generally referred to as workers’ comp attorneys, workers’ compensation attorneys or workers’ compensation lawyers) and social security disability law, specifically to pursue Third Party Claims on behalf of those clients. Another related, but separate, area of claims for injured workers is the matter of a claim for disability. In addition to filing a claim for workers’ compensation and pursuing a claim against a third party, an injured worker may be entitled to private disability insurance (if available) and/or government funded disability, i.e. social security disability.
How We Can Help You
Such an injured person will often require a lawyer for disability cases. If you have been injured in a construction accident or other workplace mishap and you seek workers’ comp attorneys and lawyers for disability claims generally and for social security disability claims specifically, the attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will assemble and work with a team of highly-qualified practitioners who will pursue these additional important sources of compensation
As experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys, we provide comprehensive counsel to people who were hurt on the job. When it comes to matters of law on personal injury, and more specifically, construction accidents and other job injury cases, we will always welcome your telephone call, email, and online chat consultation.
You can contact us online or feel free to call us today at (516) 932-0400 to speak with one of our knowledgeable construction accident lawyers in Jericho.