If you suffered injuries in a construction accident in Floral Park, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation. A lawyer with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can help you fight for awards for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Seeking Awards via a Workers’ Compensation Claim or Third-Party Case
Construction sites can be inherently dangerous, both for those working and those passing by or through a construction zone. Heavy equipment, power tools, potentially harmful substances, and people working from heights are all common hazards that could cause injuries.
Whether an employee or bystander, when an accident occurs, the resulting harm may include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of a limb
- Back injuries
If you suffered a construction accident injury, the type of compensation you can pursue will depend on your relationship to the construction site. If you were hurt while employed on-site, your most likely route for securing awards is through a workers’ compensation claim.
If you are not a worker and you suffered injuries as a bystander at a construction site, you may have a personal injury case. No matter your options, we can help.
Construction Workers and Worker’s Compensation
Workers’ compensation coverage protects employees who suffer injuries while performing their job. According to New York State, nearly all employees working in New York should have access to workers’ compensation insurance provided through their employer. You do not need to prove employer negligence to receive awards. Benefits offered by workers’ compensation include:
- All health care costs related to your construction accident injury
- Two-thirds of your average weekly wages up to the maximum amount of wage compensation allowed
- Travel expenses related to your medical care
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Death benefits
Workers’ compensation does not offer payment for the full value of your lost wages or your pain and suffering. However, you may be able to seek these damages and other awards from a third party, such as the construction site owner, an equipment manufacturer, or a construction site supplier if they hold any fault. Our lawyers can tell you more about your options.
Construction Site Bystanders and Personal Injuries
Construction workers are not the only people who can sustain harm in a construction accident. Pedestrians and motorists could also suffer injuries while passing by or through a construction zone. Delivery drivers, inspectors, and others could become involved in an accident while visiting a job site.
If you were injured as a construction site bystander, we can help you seek compensation via a personal injury case. We can help you seek a settlement or verdict that may include compensation for:
- Your past and future medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from working
- In-home care costs
Pain and Suffering
Those seeking personal injury awards may receive damages for their pain and suffering. These damages offer monetary recourse for the ways in which your injuries negatively impact your quality of life.
They may include compensation for issues like loss of mobility, loss of cognitive functioning, and loss of enjoyment of life.
If your loved one died from a bystander construction accident injury, you may be entitled to awards for their wrongful death, which may include:
- The value of their lost support and services
- Their accident-related medical care
- Their funeral and burial expenses
- Their pain and suffering
As mentioned, you cannot seek pain and suffering damages via a workers’ compensation claim, either on your behalf or on behalf of a deceased loved one. Also, while you will receive death benefits, they offer a set percentage of your loved one’s wages and do not include other wrongful death losses. However, you can seek these awards in a third-party case.
We Can Help You Get the Money You Need to Get Back on Track
Filing for workers’ compensation or seeking a personal injury insurance settlement involves paperwork, deadlines, compiling evidence, and in the case of a personal injury claim, proving negligence.
If not done correctly, your initial claim may get denied. We can take the burden of seeking compensation off your shoulders, which allows you to focus on healing from your injuries. Our construction accident lawyers serving Floral Park, NY, can:
- Request a copy of the incident report
- Obtain your medical records
- Enlist the help of medical experts
- Help you seek treatment from a provider not associated with your employer
- Interview accident witnesses
- File your claims paperwork and adhere to all applicable deadlines
- Communicate with all parties involved in your case
- Negotiate with insurance providers to secure the maximum settlement amount possible for your injuries
- Appeal denied claims and represent you throughout the appeal process (if seeking workers’ compensation)
- Help you with a personal injury lawsuit if necessary (and if applicable to your case)
New York State’s Statute of Limitations
If you have a personal injury case that we cannot resolve through insurance, we can assist you with a lawsuit. According to CVP § 214, you typically have three years to file a personal injury suit.
Under EPT § 5-4.1, you generally have two years to file suit for a loved one’s wrongful death. Our attorneys can help you take action before the statute of limitations expires.
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Is Here to Help You Seek Justice
If you were hurt on the job or injured on a construction site because of another party’s negligence, you deserve help paying for the financial consequences. The team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP has more than 100 years of combined legal experience, and our service centers on the needs and experiences of each client.
To find out more about how a lawyer with our firm can help you obtain compensation after a construction accident in Floral Park, NY, call (516) 358-6900. We provide free, no-obligation consultations to all potential clients.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Floral Park, call 516-358-6900