If you or a loved one suffered an accident while on the job, we can help you. Your injuries may have affected your wallet, your work, and your life. Let us take on your burden and fight for your compensation.
Hire a lawyer in Queens that handles construction accident cases from our firm.
What Our Lawyers Can Do for Your Accident Claim
Our services are varied and customizable to your situation. You could benefit from the following:
- We can secure evidence for your case.
- We can communicate with the liable party and their lawyer.
- We can negotiate for a fair settlement.
- Our team can handle all the paperwork.
- We work to keep your case within the statute of limitations.
Legal Action You Can Take after a Construction Accident
In New York, you cannot sue your employer. However, you could pursue damages from a third party whose negligence resulted in your injuries. Also, you might have the option of filing a workers’ compensation claim (which does not require proof of fault).
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit
If you want to file a lawsuit, we would start that process by adding up the values of all of your losses and sending this figure to the liable insurance company. Sometimes, however, you may face difficulties with seeking the compensation you need through an insurance claim.
If the amount the insurer gives you does not cover all of your losses, you could file a lawsuit against the negligent third-party responsible.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Healing from injuries caused by a workplace accident can put you out of work. You could receive benefits if you do the following:
- Report the accident to your employer within 30 days of the injury.
- Get medical treatment from an approved list of providers.
- File a claim for benefits with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
Types of Damages You Could Secure
If you file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you could recover a financial award for the following losses:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs (doctor’s visits, surgeries and treatments, prescriptions, mobility aids, and more)
- Lost wages, tips, bonuses, and more
- In-home care like a housekeeper, if you are bedridden
However, keep in mind that some of these losses are only recoverable through a personal injury case. You are unable to recover damages such as pain and suffering through workers’ compensation benefits.
What You Should Know About Workers’ Compensation Benefits
You could be entitled to have all necessary medical care covered by workers’ compensation. You could also recover two-thirds of your average weekly wages from the last year, which is calculated based on the previous 52 weeks of employment prior to the injury.
What You Can Do to Help Your Case
Take down any details you can remember about the accident, including the names of people around you at the time. This way, your Queens lawyer from our team can go back and interview anyone who might be able to provide information about how your construction accident occurred.
Protect Your Right to Damages
Avoid posting on social media. This way, the insurance company cannot take your words or photos out of context and claim that you are less injured or affected by the accident than you really are. Avoid speaking to the insurance company for a similar reason.
As soon as you accept a settlement, you cannot fight for further compensation. Let us negotiate for a fair settlement for you.
Listen to Your Doctor
Your doctor will advise you on how to treat your injuries. We recommend following their instructions to the best of your ability. It is also important to take any necessary medication that your doctor recommends and continue taking it as directed.
If you make your own decisions regarding your health, and these decisions contradict your doctor’s recommendations, the insurance company could claim you made your own condition worse.
How Much Will a Lawyer Cost You?
Many injured workers feel apprehensive about taking legal action or filing for benefits after an accident at work. You do not have to let this anxiety keep you from retaining a lawyer from our team. We do not require upfront payment from our clients.
We take our fee out of your settlement or award. We will agree on the percentage we will take before we begin working together, and then we detail this agreement via contract in the onboarding paperwork. There are no surprises involved, and there is no risk to you.
An Attorney from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Can and Will Help You
When you face accident-related losses and you do not know how you are going to pay for them, call on us. We have helped many people in your situation secure compensation. Call (516) 358-6900 to talk to a representative about how a construction accident lawyer from our Queens team could help you.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Queens, call 516-358-6900