Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer
Long Island Construction Accident Attorneys
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Hard hats, harnesses and steel-toed boots only offer limited protection. Construction accidents tend to cause serious or permanent injuries. Who pays the medical bills? What if you can’t go back to construction work? What if you can’t work at all?
If you have been injured on a construction site on Long Island or nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens, you need a personal injury lawyer who is experienced at handling the claims that can arise from such an accident.
At The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our Long Island construction accident attorneys have been successfully representing workers and bystanders who have been seriously injured on job sites since 2003. You should know that:
- As a worker, you may have a third-party claim against the construction site owner or a manufacturer of defective construction equipment, protective clothing supplier, or chemical solvent or materials manufacturer, for example. This would be in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
- As a bystander or construction site visitor, you may also have the right to compensation for your injuries resulting from a construction accident.
No matter the circumstances surrounding your construction accident, you need to understand your legal rights. Let us put our experience to work for you. Contact our Long Island construction accident lawyers today for a free consultation. Se habla español.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Construction can be a dangerous business. Even with the best training and equipment, the men and women who work in construction put their health and safety on the line every day. Materials can fail, weather can cause problems, and no matter how experienced a worker is, accidents can still happen. Common types of construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding and ladder accidents. It takes a lot of time and skill to put up scaffolding properly. If it’s done incorrectly, or if it doesn’t meet safety codes, it can cost lives.
- Falls from roofs and heights. When workers are up on roofs or working in other high places, safety is of the utmost importance. Lack of training, inadequate safety procedures, and poor equipment can all add up to serious injury when workers are high above the ground.
- Vehicle and forklift accidents. Working with heavy equipment requires the right certifications and an alert operator. If a company does not properly train or monitor equipment operators, it can lead to disaster.
- Faulty equipment and tools. Workers rely on their tools every day. If their tools don’t meet safety standards, are faulty or are ill maintained, it’s easy for workers to be seriously injured.
- Falling objects and debris. Construction can be a messy job, but that’s no excuse for poor safety procedures. When companies or individuals are careless on the job, heavy objects can fall on those nearby, resulting in catastrophic injury.
Common Types of Construction Site Injuries
Construction workers must expose themselves to dangerous situations on a daily basis. If something goes wrong on a job, workers can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. These include:
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury
- Loss of limbs
- Back injuries, permanent spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Broken bones, joint injuries, and serious sprains and strains
- Permanent impairment
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one was injured on a job, get the care you need immediately, then contact a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer to discuss your legal right to compensation.
Compensation After Construction Site Accidents
When a worker or a bystander is injured at a construction site, there are many options to explore for recovering compensation. An experienced construction accident injury lawyer can review your claim and help you identify all your options for pursing the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, this may include:
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that takes care of workers when they’re hurt on the job. It covers medical care and benefits for workers who were injured while performing their duties. In New York, most employers are required to have this type of insurance. It’s an important source of protection and compensation for construction workers.
There may be cases where employers dispute workers’ compensation claims. This may happen when an employer argues that an injury is not work-related or when the injury arose from a worker’s intoxication. Employers may also fight a claim if the employer feels that the injury was less severe than reported or the company doesn’t want to take responsibility. In those cases, the benefits will be on hold while the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board makes a decision.
A judge will review the facts of the case, examine medical records, gather testimony, and make a decision on whether benefits will be paid. A skilled lawyer can help you make your case during this stage. If the judge decides against the payment of benefits, your lawyer can help you appeal the decision to the entire board. The board may accept the ruling, modify it, or overturn it if needed.
Workers’ compensation benefits can be vital to the health and well-being of workers and their families. If these benefits are delayed or denied, it can have devastating consequences. If you’re dealing with a workers’ comp claim or appealing a benefits decision, contact a lawyer today.
New York has many laws in place to protect workers and visitors at construction sites. Three of the most important laws for construction accidents are Labor Law sections 200, 240 and 241:
- Labor Law 200. Labor Law 200 requires that employers and those overseeing a construction site must use reasonable care to keep workspaces and workers safe. It also protects those who visit the site. If a construction worker, bystander or site visitor is injured, section 200 will likely apply.
- Labor Law 240. Many workers in New York are building and repairing tall buildings. Labor Law 240 states that construction workers who work on buildings at high elevations are entitled to appropriate safety equipment and procedures. This includes scaffolding, hoists and other equipment that must be put in place for the safety of the workers. If the employer fails to provide or maintain this equipment, it may be liable for falls, injuries from falling objects and many other types of accidents.
- Labor Law 241. This section covers safety equipment and job site safety in many circumstances. Employers and those overseeing a work site are required to provide adequate safety equipment and safety practices. If the safety equipment and practices were not reasonable or adequate, the employer and/or others responsible for the injuries may be held liable.
To prove a claim under Labor Law 241, you’ll need to show negligence and violations of workplace safety. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations and other notices of safety violations can be used to support your claim. A lawyer can help you gather the documents needed to support your claim for compensation.
In some cases, when construction workers are injured on the job, it isn’t the fault of their employer. In cases where a defective product, such as a defectively designed or manufactured tool, hurts a worker, the worker may be able to sue the manufacturer. In addition, if negligence on the part of another subcontractor or other party at the construction site caused the injury, the worker may pursue compensation from that third party.
No matter what the circumstances related to your injury, you should speak with a knowledgeable construction accident attorney about your rights. Contact our respected legal team today to set up a free consultation.
Our Long Island Construction Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help
Construction accidents can have a serious effect on you and your family’s life and financial future. The income you and your family depended on can vanish, your health can be harmed, and your life can change in an instant. Medical bills can pile up, and everything that you’ve worked for can be put in jeopardy. If you’ve been injured, an experienced attorney can help protect you and everything you’ve built.
At The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, we’ve successfully handled countless construction accident cases throughout Long Island. We know how devastating construction accidents can be, and we’re proud to help victims fight for the resources they need to recover. We handle all types of injury claims and stand ready to help you now.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, contact us today for a free consultation.