The Legal Guidance You Need After A Construction Accident
At the Brooklyn law firm of Lozner & Mastropietro, we represent workers who have been injured on construction sites and other work sites. We help them recover the compensation they need to take care of themselves and their families.
If a member of your family was seriously injured or killed in a work site injury, one of our lawyers can immediately evaluate the claim and investigate all possible sources of compensation. You may be entitled to a personal injury or wrongful death claim in addition to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. Contact us to make arrangements for a free consultation.
Construction Accidents: Falls, Defective Equipment, Demolition Accidents
A construction site is a dangerous workplace, whether dealing with a small project for an individual homeowner or a major project for a large commercial development. As a result, serious work-related injuries at construction sites occur with an alarming frequency and thousands of construction workers are killed or seriously injured.
Work Site Injuries: Sources Of Compensation
The latest statistics for workers in the United States indicate that there were 5.7 million occupational injuries and illnesses among U.S. workers. Accidents on the job result in the deaths of 6,000 workers each year. Recent statistics for New York City show a 14 percent increase in on-the-job deaths over the previous year. This number was mainly due to deaths caused by employees falling from high places or by being hit by a car or mobile equipment. This occurs even though many state and federal regulations, as well as industry standards, require owners, general contractors and subcontractors to implement a wide variety of safety measures.
Although workers’ compensation benefits cover some medical expenses and lost wages for an on-the-job injury, they often fail to compensate the employee fully for the loss.
Under New York law, workers may file lawsuits against the owners of property, general contractors, subcontractors, architects and even manufacturers of defective products to recover full compensation for their injuries. These lawsuits can provide compensation for pain, suffering and medical costs in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
What To Do If You Have Been Injured On The Job
If you have been injured as a result of an accident at a construction site, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and your legal rights:
- Get medical attention for any injuries
- Report the injury to your employer and/or construction site manager, and note the name and position of the person notified
- Get the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident
- If possible, try to preserve any evidence related to your injury by taking photographs of the area where you were injured (and the injuries themselves), or keeping the equipment or tool that was involved in your injury
- Find an attorney to help you evaluate your potential claim
Frequently Asked Questions: Construction and work site accidents
Schedule A Free Consultation
At Lozner & Mastropietro, our Brooklyn lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of construction and work site accidents recover full compensation. If you have been injured or your loved one was killed in a construction or work site accident or you simply need more information, please call us at 718-615-0044 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.