New York construction site accidents typically involve a complex interplay of various statutes and regulations. Injury victims and their families who wish to pursue damages after a construction site injury should contact a New York personal injury attorney to discuss their rights and claims to damages. Construction sites are inherently dangerous workplaces, and construction site owners and managers should take steps to ensure a reasonably safe environment.
Workers at a construction site have the right to a safe environment. This standard applies to employees, independent contractors, and subcontractors. New York’s workers’ compensation laws prohibit employees from suing their employers for most work-related injuries; however, exceptions exist in limited situations. In some cases, subcontractors can sue the construction site manager if they suffer injuries at the worksite. A subcontractor who suffers injuries because of a general contractor’s or coworker’s negligence may be able to recover damages from the at-fault parties.
Construction site accidents may result from falls, falling debris, electrocutions, defective machinery, and collapses. These accidents may cause fractures, broken bones, internal organ damage, lacerations, burns, brain injuries, paralysis, and even death. For instance, a news source recently reported that a 60-year-old subcontractor died in a power station accident. Witnesses explained that crews from various construction companies were at the power station when a heavy pipe fell on him. The falling pipe slammed into his head and killed the man upon impact.
New York workers’ compensation laws often only cover a portion of a worker’s medical expenses, lost wages, and death benefits. A personal injury lawsuit can help an injury victim and their family recover the remainder of their damages. Additional damages may include payments for lost wages, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish.
In cases where a worker or subcontractor cannot sue their employer, an attorney can help determine whether there are any other liable third-parties. Some potentially liable parties may include the property owner, general contractor, device manufacturers, or a governmental entity. New York subcontractors who suffer an injury at the job should seek medical treatment, report the incident, preserve evidence, and contact an attorney. These cases require prompt attention, and injury victims must abide by the statute of limitations to avoid dismissal of an otherwise meritorious claim.
Have You Suffered Injuries at New York Construction Site?
If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries at a construction site, contact the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel. The Law Office of Mark A. Siesel offers accident victims assistance in their claims stemming from New York construction site accidents, premises liability, defective products, motor vehicle accidents, and medical malpractice. We pride ourselves in providing clients with a holistic and individualized approach to each client and case. Through our experience and dedication, we have represented New York accident victims in the most complicated personal injury cases. Our clients have recovered significant amounts of compensation for their damages and losses. Contact our office at 914-428-7386 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our firm.