Working on a construction site can be one of the most dangerous jobs you can have in life. Even though there are rules, regulations, and policies in place to protect construction workers, you can still wind up suffering a serious injury or even death. Construction accidents occur all too often throughout New York, leaving you with many questions about the rehabilitation process, compensation, and how you can keep your job. Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions regarding construction accident injuries in this post.
What Accidents Occur Most Often on a Construction Site?
The chances of suffering an injury on a construction site increase because of a rush in production schedules, heavy equipment, electricity, dangerous chemicals, open trenches, and inexperienced co-workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common accidents on construction sites involve falls, power tools, cave-ins of excavation sites, electrical hazards, and exposure to asbestos, lead, vinyl chloride, and benzene.
What Steps are Involved to Begin a Construction Accident Claim?
If you are ever injured in a New York construction accident, it’s important to have an understanding of how you can start a construction accident claim. Every single claim is different but there are some steps that must occur in each claim in order for it to proceed. The steps include the following:
- Report the accident to your employer immediately and try to do so in writing.
- Collect the names and contact information of all those who witnessed the construction accident.
- If at all possible, take pictures of the area where the accident occurred.
- Write down a detailed account of the accident and what led up to it as soon as possible after it happened.
- Take pictures of all equipment, machinery, and tools that were involved in the accident.
- Take pictures of every single injury you suffered during the accident.
- Visit a doctor immediately for treatment of the injuries. If the injuries are serious, be sure to seek emergency care at a hospital.
Can I Claim More Than Just Workers’ Comp for a Construction Site Accident?
Aside from workers’ compensation benefits, you might be able to claim another type of compensation for your construction site accident. It could be possible that entities other than your employer could be held liable for your injuries in a construction accident. These other entities can include manufacturers or heavy equipment, power tools, or machinery; the owner of the property; or third-party contractors.
Were You Injured While Walking Past a Construction Site?
Not all construction accidents lead to injuries of construction workers only. There are times when debris falls from the site or a crane collapses onto the sidewalk adjacent to the site that leads to pedestrian injuries. A construction company has a duty to provide safe access to sidewalks adjacent to their sites. If the company fails to remove debris or fails to prevent debris from falling onto the sidewalk and someone is injured, the company can be held responsible for the injuries caused.
Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Construction Accident Case in New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a construction accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of construction accidents in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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