Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer

Getting hurt while working at a construction site can leave you unable to work and with a number of damages and losses. Find out if you can get more than what workers comp offers by consulting with a Long Island construction accident lawyer.

We depend on construction workers to keep our buildings, roads, and public spaces safe and functional. These workers play a vital role in making sure that people are able to perform their daily tasks without a hitch. Unfortunately, construction workers are frequently the victims of workplace accidents.

Construction workers regularly handle high-powered, potentially dangerous tools that may not always perform as expected. They work at dangerous heights on roofs and on scaffolding. The daily dangers of a construction worksite are simply part of the job. But if something goes wrong, the consequences can be devastating.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation beyond just workers comp. A Long Island construction accident lawyer with Siler & Ingber, LLP will review all the details of your case and work to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve.

How Were You Injured at the Worksite?

Even the most safety-conscious worker can become the victim of a construction accident. Examples of just a few of the on-the-job accidents that your Long Island construction accident lawyer will be able to assist you with are as follows:

  • Electrical Injuries – Construction workers are often surrounded by power lines and electrical wiring. If these electrical systems are poorly maintained or not clearly mapped out, a worker is at serious risk of being injured in an electrical accident.
  • Falls – Falls are the leading cause of fatal construction accidents. In 2015, falls were responsible for almost 39 percent of all construction accident deaths.
  • Ladder Accidents – Falling off a ladder is one of the most common types of fall accidents for which a construction worker is at risk. Twenty percent of fall injuries involve ladders.
  • Falling Debris – Ground-level workers must constantly be mindful of materials that may potentially fall and cause injury, from steel beams to loose nails. An injury from falling debris can be catastrophic and easily result in a traumatic brain injury, spinal damage, or death.
  • Crane and Forklift Accidents – Heavy machinery that is not maintained properly or that malfunctions can present a serious hazard to both the operator and the workers in the surrounding area.
  • Burns – Construction workers are often at risk of suffering a burn, either because of an electrical problem, explosion, chemicals, or from another source.
  • Toxic Exposure – Employers and property owners are bound by law to ensure that construction workers are not exposed to unsafe amounts of toxic chemicals, which can cause internal damage and illness. Dangerous chemicals a construction worker might be exposed to include lead, asbestos, benzene, and formaldehyde.

Can I Get More Than Workers Comp for a Construction Accident?

Many construction workers have the expectation that after a workplace injury, the only way to receive monetary help is through workers comp. However, there are many situations in which you may be able to sue for your injuries and be compensated beyond what workers comp provides.

Situations in which you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party are as follows:

  • You were injured due to the actions of a third party: If a contractor outside of your employer or a passerby caused the accident, you can hold them responsible.
  • You were injured as a result of an employer’s or coworker’s willful negligence or malice: You could bring a personal injury lawsuit against the egregiously negligent party.
  • You were injured by a defective product: Faulty safety equipment or machinery that causes injury could mean that the product manufacturer is liable
  • You were injured via exposure to a toxic substance: You may be able to bring a lawsuit against the substance manufacturer.
  • Your employer does not carry workers comp insurance: In this scenario, you could sue your employer in civil court.

There are several reasons to seek a settlement beyond what is usually awarded for workers comp. A workers comp payment for temporary disability or permanent disability may be incredibly low and not account for intangible factors such as pain and suffering or lost quality of life. In addition, workers comp does not hold egregiously negligent employers accountable by making them pay damages.

Anyone can get injured on the job and thereby be entitled to workers comp. However, your Long Island construction accident lawyer will work to ensure that if your injury qualifies for a personal injury claim—be it against the employer, a product manufacturer, or someone else—you get every penny you’re owed.

OSHA Violations and Your Claim

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, there are many people and entities who could be liable. In any given project, there are multiple people involved: a general contractor, subcontractors, architects, engineers, the property owner, material suppliers, and more.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has standards that govern the safety of workplaces, including construction sites. OSHA has regulations for every aspect of the construction industry, including scaffolds, fall protection, steel erection, demolition, and ladders—just to name a few.

Any violation of OSHA or other accepted industry standards may make an employer liable in a construction accident. An employer could be liable due to action or omission, whether by acting in a way that could lead to a worker’s harm (such as necessitating exposure to unsafe chemicals), or failure to perform key job duties (such as properly training employees).

Get Everything You’re Owed

Workers comp claims are generally not comprehensive and do not hold the negligent parties accountable for their behaviors. Your Long Island construction accident lawyer will work to get you a settlement that accounts for all of the hardships you may be facing after your injury, including the following damages:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Cost of mobility equipment and medication
  • Lost wages and income-earning ability
  • Physical and emotional therapy
  • Home or vehicle modifications to accommodate a new disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and permanent disfigurement
  • Lost enjoyment of life

Long Island Construction Accident FAQ

On-the-job injuries make for confusing and stressful situations. We’ve provided a few answers to common questions here, but a Long Island construction accident lawyer from our firm will be happy to provide you with additional information as it pertains to your specific situation.

Can I still get workers comp if I file a personal injury claim?

YES, the two are complementary rather than mutually exclusive. You should file your workers comp claim immediately so that you can begin receiving benefits right away. Anything not covered by workers comp can then be included in your personal injury claim.

How do I prove that my employer knowingly put me into danger?

If your employer had a history of OSHA violations, it will go a long way toward proving your case, especially if any of the violations had to do with the circumstances you were injured in.

How do I get compensated if I was hit by a car while performing road work?

You will likely have a very strong case against the driver who hit you, especially if you were wearing an orange vest or if the driver was speeding. You’ll be able to pursue damages from the driver, which will likely come from his or her auto insurance policy.

Contact a Long Island Construction Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident due to willful negligence or a third party’s carelessness, you deserve more than just workers comp. A Long Island construction accident lawyer from Siler & Ingber, LLP will work to hold the negligent party accountable. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 1-877-718-6079 or by using the online form on this page.

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