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Why Do Accidents Happen at Construction Sites?

Construction Accidents in New York City

Construction accidents can occur for a myriad of reasons. When a victim gets injured while on a New York-based construction site, they may be thinking about filing a lawsuit. It’s important to find and consult with a skilled personal injury attorney that has experience handling construction-related cases. Because construction occurs all over the country and often involves heights and the use of heavy equipment, accidents are quite common. Some accidents are more severe than others and can lead to permanent disabilities. No matter how severe these accidents are, victims may want to recover compensation for damages because of what they have gone through.

What Causes These Accidents?

While construction accidents and occur for many reasons, these are a few of the most common causes:

  • An individual slips and gets hurt because the conditions at the worksite are not safe
  • Slipping and falling on stairs
  • Falling from a ladder
  • Falling off a roof without having protective gear on the body
  • Collapsed trenches
  • Accidents caused by defective power tools

While these accidents are some of the most common, there are plenty of other accidents that can occur. Workers must wear protective gear and follow set rules in an attempt to avoid accidents. Despite their best efforts to avoid accidents that would cause them to experience painful injuries, accidents can and still do happen.  

What About Workers’ Compensation?

It is true that construction workers may be eligible for workers’ compensation if they get injured while they are on the job at a construction site. The workers’ compensation benefits help individuals by making sure they receive money to get by while they are out of work and unable to return. However, it is often possible for these individuals to collect workers’ compensation benefits while still pursuing legal action against a third party. As an example, an accident can occur because of defective products. If a tool is defective, the manufacturer of that tool may be held liable for causing injuries that were sustained at the construction site. The injured victim could collect workers’ compensation and file a lawsuit against that manufacturer for a specific amount of money that covers different damages.

If a construction worker was following the rules and trying to get a job done when a driver on the road caused an accident, the worker may also continue to hire a personal injury attorney and seek compensation. Because situations may vary, anyone who is injured at a construction site should consult with a personal injury attorney to go over the situation and find out if they have a legitimate claim. During the consultation, the victim can find out if he or she has a legal right to pursue a lawsuit while continuing to collect workers’ compensation for the injuries that he or she sustained. If so, the attorney will get started with the process, which may include performing a detailed investigation to get to the bottom of the situation.

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 construction accidents 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 represent clients injured because of construction accidents in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut. 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 City, NY 10165 as well as offices in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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