Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, and construction employers, general contractors, property managers, and owners must take the appropriate steps to ensure that their sites are safe to prevent accidents. New York construction workers and those lawfully around the vicinity of construction sites have the right to a safe environment. The failure to maintain a safe construction site can result in disastrous situations.
For example, a local news source reported a New York construction accident resulting from a broken crane. According to reports, the crane was positioned at a luxury high-rise building. The arm of the crane was dismantled and was hanging before it collapsed. The Department of Buildings is continuing its preliminary investigation to determine the cause of the collapse. Those that suffer injuries after a New York construction site accident may hold the responsible parties liable for their damages.
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training (CRT), construction workers experience at least one work-related injury during their employment and have a greater risk of premature death. Every year, nearly 80,000 construction workers suffer work-related injuries requiring them to miss work. Often, workers are discouraged from missing work, and they continue to work, exacerbating their injuries. In some situations, construction workers cannot sue their direct employer for workplace injuries; however, there are exceptions to this rule. Regardless of whether the injury victim is an employer or bystander, the individual should take steps to preserve their right to recovery.
Most importantly, construction injury victims should seek medical attention. In some cases, the extent and severity of an injury do not present until some time after the accident. Moreover, adrenaline and shock from an accident may mask a person’s injuries. Receiving prompt treatment from qualified medical professionals will ensure that any latent issues are diagnosed and treated. This medical information may be a critical piece of evidence for future personal injury claims. Next, construction workers should notify their employers or site managers of their injuries. Reporting is a crucial step because it will help to validate any future claims.
Injury victims should gather information about the construction site, injuries and detail the circumstances surrounding the accident. This step may require victims to compile witness information and photograph the scene and damages, preferably through their attorney. Keeping track of medical records is a crucial step because these cases typically hinge on medical evidence. Finally, injury victims should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss their rights and remedies.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a New York Construction Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a New York construction site accident, you should contact the attorneys at the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel. Our law firm’s attorneys handle New York accident cases stemming from construction sites, motor vehicle collisions, premises liability, defective products, and wrongful death. Through our extensive experience, we have successfully advocated on behalf of countless New York personal injury victims, and look forward to seeing how we can help you. We have recovered significant amounts of compensation for our clients related to their medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering. Contact the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel at 914-428-7386, to schedule a free initial consultation.