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Construction sites are some of the most dangerous locations to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor, over one-thousand (1,000) construction workers died in 2019 from construction related accidents and over eighty-thousand (80,000) workers were injured. The death rate in 2019 increased on average by over six percent (6%), which is the highest rate of increase in over a decade since 2007. New York City is the number one employer of construction workers in the country, based upon its large number of ongoing construction projects and the types of high-rise construction work, making up approximately five percent (5%) of the workforce. As such, workers are statistically at a higher risk of injury in New York.  

Construction workers hurt in an accident and their loved ones usually have many questions about their rights. If you are hurt on the job and seek medical attention, first and foremost inform your employer. Your next step is to consult with an experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as possible to know your rights.

At Pazer Epstein Jaffe Fein & Gozenput, P.C., our personal injury lawyers are available 24/7, 365 days a year to provide a free consultation to workers hurt on a construction site. Our lawyers have decades of experience fighting for the rights of such construction workers hurt throughout New York City, the outer boroughs and Long Island. We may be reached by calling us at (212) 847-5007 in New York or (718) 954-9986 on Long Island.

But what are some of the questions you may have? Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding construction accidents:

How long do I have to sue?

The New York Statute of Limitations is three years (3) from the date of injury in a construction accident. If a death occurs the time limit to file a Wrongful Death Claim is decreased to two years (2). Regardless, it is in your best interest to consult an attorney soon following an accident on-the-job.

Who is liable for my construction site accident?

Determining whether liability exists for a construction accident injury can be a complex question. The property’s owner, its contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers, architects, engineers, and others could all be liable for creating an unsafe work environment that resulted in your accident and resulting injury. While Worker Compensation Laws limit the ability to sue employers for on-the-job injury, you still potentially have a claim against other negligent third parties such as the above-mentioned owners and contractors. Determining liability is just another reason it is very important you seek advice from an experienced construction accident attorney right away.

Can I sue while collecting Workers Compensation?

Yes, you can still file a claim against a negligent third party even while collecting Workers Compensation. However, you should contact an attorney before filing any claim.

What injuries can I obtain money for?

You may have compensation for any injury that results from another’s negligence or for violating New York Labor Law or OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines. Common injuries are fractures, spinal cord injuries, death, and other injuries leading to permanent or temporary disability. Injured workers can obtain compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

How much am I owed for my injuries?

Your personal injury claim varies by the extent of your damages and the potential available insurance coverage.

Should I speak to an insurance company or agent?

No. Never speak to an insurance agent without having consulted an accident lawyer first. These agents only seek to hurt your case, by having you disclose information prior to seeking legal advice. 

Can I afford to hire a lawyer?

Yes, the attorneys at Pazer Epstein Jaffe Fein & Gozenput, P.C. never charge a fee unless we recover compensation for you.

What are the most common construction accidents?

According to OSHA, the “big four,” construction site accidents are falls, electrocutions, caught-in-between equipment or stationary objects and being stuck by tools or materials. These accidents account for most fatalities and serious injuries on job sites.

What can I do to help my case?

By far the most important thing you can do to help your case and to recover the maximum compensation for your injury, is to contact experienced construction accident attorneys as soon as possible after an injury.

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