Construction is a part of everyday life in the modern world, but injuries shouldn’t be routine. If you were injured at a construction site in Lynbrook, New York, a construction accident lawyer with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can determine if you qualify for damages – whether through workers’ compensation or a third party claim.
Your Eligibility for Damages
Construction site accidents can leave behind nasty injuries and hefty bills. From back injuries to broken bones, the costs add up. With our help, you can receive payment to defray losses associated with:
- Hospital visits
- Imaging tests
- Medical equipment
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
In some cases, you may also be eligible for non-economic damages, which cover intangible losses like pain and suffering.
The type of damages you can recover depends on who was at fault and how you are associated with the negligent party.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Third-Party Claims
Employees typically forfeit their right to sue their employer in exchange for workers’ compensation coverage. This route grants them certain benefits regardless of who was at fault for their injuries. As long as the accident happened at work, you could receive medical care and wage replacement while you recover.
However, we can potentially pursue avenues for damages outside of workers’ compensation. Perhaps a third party contributed to your injuries, such as an independent truck operator or faulty equipment. We can pursue other parties for their negligence, seeking medical and income compensation as well as non-economic damages.
If You were a Contractor or Bystander
Company employees aren’t the only people who can be injured at a site. Visitors can be just as at risk for accidents. Unlike employees, these parties retain the right to pursue compensation for injury-related expenses against the construction company.
Possible accident victims in this category include:
- Contract workers
- Delivery workers
- Bystanders and pedestrians
- Transportation workers
- Equipment installers
Essentially, anyone who visits a worksite and is not employed by the construction company could have a case for personal injury, including the pursuit of non-economic damages. All that is required is that someone’s negligent behavior caused your injuries.
If this case describes yours, our construction accident attorneys want to know. We can even come to you in Lynbrook if you can’t come to us.
If you lost a loved one in a construction site accident, you are not alone. Falls are particularly common, with construction causing 51 percent of the national total of fatal falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Regardless of what caused the loss of your family member, you could be entitled to compensation. Workers’ compensation should provide death benefits, while third-party claims can garner additional damages. We can investigate death benefit delays as well as pursue negligent parties with a wrongful death suit.
Our Support for Your Case
Obviously, construction accident cases are nuanced with damages varying depending on the situation. Even knowing who to hold responsible for your injuries can be confusing. Clarifying your situation and charting a course for damages is one of our roles as your representation.
You can also utilize us to:
- Identify the negligent party
- Settle workers’ compensation disputes
- Find transportation and medical care
- Talk to insurance adjusters or construction companies
- Review settlement offers
- Understand your rights
- Gather evidence of your injury
- Interview witnesses and experts
- Receive regular updates on your case
- Answer any of accident questions
The team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is here to work toward your goals. Remember, we serve you. Voice concerns, ask for advice, and put us to work investigating and supporting your case.
In Workers’ Compensation Cases
Sometimes, the process of receiving workers’ compensation benefits isn’t so straightforward. You may be covered by your Lynbrook, NY, employer’s insurance but are struggling under the paperwork and requirements. Our construction accident lawyers can step in when you experience:
- Denials that your injury is work-related
- Underestimation of your injury’s severity
- Pressure to return to work too early
- Difficulty receiving benefits you deserve
- Challenges in seeking treatment
We can settle disputes and even appeal decisions made by the workers’ compensation board.
In Personal Injury Cases
If your employer was not obeying laws designed to protect workers like you, we can also hold them responsible for that negligence. For instance, New York has specific scaffolding and demolition laws requiring certain safety equipment and outlining proper procedures (NY LAB § 240, 241). Violation of those laws could be grounds for an injury case.
We can also help prove negligence for third-party victims, like delivery workers or bystanders. Both scenarios could involve evidence like:
- Photos of faulty equipment
- Photos of your injuries
- Photos of the accident site
- Video surveillance footage
- Analysis by experts
- Witness testimony
- Medical records
- Accident reports
- Safety violations
With this information, we can demonstrate that the negligent party violated a duty of care by not meeting regulations or taking reasonable safety precautions. That breach of duty then entitles you to damages.
The statute of limitations is typically three years from the date of the accident, but each case is unique (CVP § 214). Don’t delay in finding out your deadline to file!
Our Promises to You
Whether you were injured or lost a loved one, we want to do our part to help restore your physical health, financial security, and peace of mind. To that end, we guarantee:
- No fee: We are compensated only after you are compensated.
- 24/7 availability: Clients have Richard Jaffe’s personal number.
- No delegation: Attorneys Cohen and Jaffe will be involved in your case.
- Free consultation: Have your questions answered free of charge NOW!
Our Staff Is Available to Hear About Your Case Today
Coping with an injury is challenging enough without having to navigate the nuances of construction liability law. If you’re struggling to receive benefits from your Lynbrook employer or you believe you’re entitled to personal injury damages, a construction accident lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can clarify your options.
Call now at (516) 358-6900 for a free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Lynbrook, call 516-358-6900