Despite the many state and federal regulations targeting construction site safety, accidents happen daily. Victims of severe construction accidents often suffer debilitating, life-altering injuries. Workers injured in a construction accident need access to the maximum available compensation to pay their mounting medical costs and support their families. However, getting workers’ compensation from the insurance company or through state workers’ compensation programs can be stressful and challenging alone.
If you were injured in a construction accident, you do not have to fight for compensation alone. The skilled attorneys from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe have extensive experience helping construction accident victims recover the damages they are owed and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case to help prove liability and achieve a favorable outcome for your claim.
Common Types of Construction Accidents in Hicksville
Construction sites are typically filled with various hazards. Extreme heights, exposed wires, and molten tar can all pose a serious threat to both workers and innocent bystanders if something goes wrong. Everyone involved with the site has a duty to mitigate risk by training employees, maintaining equipment, and following established safety procedures. However, when someone behaves negligently, accidents can occur. Some common types of construction accidents in include:
Falls From a Height
Many construction sites involve areas high off of the ground that workers need to be able to navigate safely. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 300 people lose their lives yearly by falling from a height. Surviving victims often face severe injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or paralysis.
Being Struck by an Object
Construction workers often have to contend with falling materials and debris when they are on the job. If a rigging failure or similar malfunction occurs, a worker or bystander may be crushed by falling objects. Additionally, many construction workers must complete their duties where motor vehicles are present and moving with the potential to strike workers and cause grave injuries.
Live wires are a common sight on any construction site. Until the wires are secured and grounded safely, they pose a serious risk to anyone in the area. Unfortunately, contact with these wires is all too common and can cause severe burns or even death.
How Does Workers’ Compensation Work in New York?
Understanding that most employers are immune to being sued for their employee’s injuries is essential. As long as they have workers’ compensation insurance, they will be shielded from liability. There may be exceptions to this rule if the employer has violated one or more labor laws. Workers’ comp pays for all workplace injuries that occur within the scope of the job, regardless of who or what caused it. In exchange for this coverage, the employee agrees to waive their right to file a lawsuit against their employer in most circumstances.
However, this law does not make contractors, building managers, or manufacturers that contributed to your accident immune to liability. Under New York state law, contractors and project owners are directly responsible for the safety of workers on their sites. If one of these parties contributed to your accident, you might be eligible to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ comp claim. Our attorneys can help you understand the laws that apply to your case as well as your legal options moving forward.
How Our Experienced Construction Accident Attorneys Can Help You
At the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe, our attorneys have decades of experience helping our clients in Hicksville and the neighboring areas achieve justice for their construction accident claims. We understand the unique complexities of workers’ compensation and personal injury laws and will apply our knowledge to your case. Some of the many ways our lawyers can help you with your case include:
- Conducting a full investigation into your accident
- Gathering evidence to establish liability
- Working hand in hand with doctors and medical experts
- Identifying all liable parties
- Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf
- Appealing denials
- Filing all paperwork correctly and on time
- Answering your legal questions and addressing your concerns
- Representing your interests in court
Our attorneys will work with you to understand every detail of your case so they can provide the best legal services for your unique needs.
Discuss Your Case with a Skilled Construction Accident Attorney Today
The seasoned attorneys from The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe have over one hundred years of combined experience helping accident victims with their workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. Our attorneys are dedicated to harnessing their skills and experience to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients. We know the ins and outs of New York’s complex legal system and can help you understand your legal options and determine your next steps. Our team is committed to taking a personalized approach to every case so each client can get the maximum compensation for their injuries and other losses. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our unparalleled legal team, call us today at (866) 924-1787 or fill out our contact form.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Hicksville, call 516-358-6900