New York City Construction Accidents Lawyer
Have you been injured while working on a construction site in New York City? Are you struggling with serious injuries and unable to do your job? You may qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits or file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. The experienced New York City construction accident attorneys at Proner & Proner Attorneys at Law can help you get all of the money you deserve.
Since 1958, Proner & Proner Attorneys at Law has been a leading advocate for injured workers and laborers across New York City. Our award-winning attorneys have decades of combined experience and have recovered more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients just like you.
Don’t let well-deserved compensation slip away. Fight to get every cent you deserve. Call Our NYC Construction Accident Lawyers office in Manhattan at (212) 986-3030 to discover why we’re the law firm you’ll want to handle your construction accident case. We offer a free consultation and are available to take your call 24 hours a day.
How common are construction accidents in New York City?
New York City’s construction industry is the fourth-largest in the nation, with more than 35,000 construction projects currently underway across the Big Apple. Construction is also one of the most dangerous jobs you can have.
In 2020, there were 796 construction accidents reported in New York City, which reflected a 17 percent decrease from the year prior. Sixty percent of those construction site accidents caused at least one injury or death. While the total number of construction accidents may have dipped between 2019 and 2020, the rate of on-the-job injuries remained steady.
Statistics reveal that Manhattan is the most dangerous place to work on a construction site in NYC.
In 2020, 57.2 percent of construction accidents unfolded on work sites in Manhattan. Brooklyn (21.9 percent), Queens (11.9 percent), and the Bronx (8 percent) also saw several construction accidents resulting in injury and death that year. Staten Island accounted for less than 1 percent of these accidents.
Why should I hire an NYC personal injury lawyer after a construction accident?
While you may be entitled to compensation, the process of securing the money you deserve can be complicated. There’s a good chance that you’ll face considerable resistance from your employer, an insurance company, and at-fault parties. They’ll do anything to deny your claim and limit your payout.
You need to put yourself on level ground, which means hiring an experienced New York City personal injury lawyer to represent you.
At Proner & Proner Attorneys at Law, we have the experience, resources, and knowledge of New York construction law that you’ll need to win your case. We also know that this is an incredibly difficult time for you and your family — which is why we’re not just here to help you win but to get back on your feet and begin to move forward.
We want you to take the opportunity you need to focus on getting better while our top-rated New York trial attorneys:
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding your construction site accident
- Identify all potential options for financial recovery, including workers’ compensation, other insurance benefits, or a civil lawsuit
- Gather evidence to build and support a strong claim for benefits or damages
- Consult with construction industry specialists, safety professionals, medical specialists, accident reconstructionists, engineers, and other experts who can provide critical insight into your case
- Handle settlement negotiations with other parties on your behalf
- Represent you at hearings and/or trial, if necessary
Our clients are like family, and every case receives the individualized time and attention it deserves. Call our NYC law office to learn more about how we can help you recover compensation. Your first consultation is 100 percent free, so contact us to schedule yours today.
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How do I recover compensation after getting hurt on an NYC construction site?
There are generally two paths to financial recovery after a construction site accident in New York City: a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit.
Most injured construction workers in New York City qualify to receive benefits through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. This is a no-fault system that allows workers to receive compensation for job-related injuries regardless of fault. In exchange for an accelerated path to benefits, workers waive the right to sue their employers.
Under the worker’s compensation system, available benefits include:
- Medical treatment
- Wage replacement benefits (generally two-thirds of your average weekly wage)
- Survivor benefits if an accident results in death
As you can see, the benefits available under the workers’ compensation system are limited. Workers must receive medical treatment from pre-approved health care providers, and benefits for lost wages are subject to statutory caps. You’ll also notice that there’s no compensation available for things like pain and suffering.
Personal Injury Lawsuit for Damages
It’s true that construction workers typically give up the right to sue their employers for work-related injuries. However, there are limited exceptions to that rule, and the right to file a lawsuit against another party is still preserved.
If you are hurt in a construction accident, potentially liable parties could include property owners, engineers, architects, contractors and subcontractors, other negligent third parties, or product manufacturers.
The damages available in personal injury cases are more expansive and can include money for both economic and non-economic losses:
- Present and future medical expenses (for treatment from the health care provider of your choice)
- Lost wages, income, and work benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation services
- Mental anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Knowing what financial compensation you qualify for after a construction accident can be a challenge. Our NYC personal injury attorneys are here to make things easier for you. We’ll carefully consider your case and work to ensure that we pursue all the money available to you under New York state law.
We Represent Clients in all Types of New York Construction Accident Cases
At Proner & Proner, our New York construction accident attorneys help workers who have suffered serious injuries in all types of construction accidents in NYC, Long Island, and the surrounding area.
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Don’t hesitate to reach out to our award-winning construction accident lawyers in NYC to get started on your case today.
Common New York Construction Accident Injuries
Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs for workers in New York City. Statistics reveal that while construction workers make up roughly 5 percent of the city’s workforce, they account for 27 percent of the city’s work-related fatalities.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls, electrocution, getting caught in/between objects, and being struck by objects are the leading causes of construction accident fatalities.
Between 2007 and 2014, falls accounted for 58 percent of all construction accident deaths in New York City.
Not all injured construction workers will die from their injuries. However, the physical trauma they suffer can still be catastrophic.
Some commonly reported construction injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Crushing injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss or tinnitus
Always seek medical treatment immediately after getting hurt on a job site in New York City. Once your condition is stable, don’t hesitate to reach out to our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers for help with your construction accident case.
What laws might affect my NYC construction accident case?
The construction industry is highly regulated by OSHA and federal safety laws. New York also has some of the strongest legal protections for construction workers in the nation.
New York Labor Law 240
New York’s scaffolding law has two primary functions. It requires site owners and contractors to provide fall protections for construction laborers who work on scaffolding, ladders, hoists, and other above-ground areas. It also provides certain legal protections to workers who are struck by falling objects and work materials.
New York Labor Law 241
Section 241 of New York’s Labor Law requires employers engaged in construction, excavation, and demolition work to “provide reasonable and adequate protection and safety” for their workers. This can include providing necessary personal safety equipment and installing barriers around fall hazards.
New York Labor Law 200
Labor Law Section 200 instills a general duty for employers and contractors to provide a safe work environment for workers. Under the law, workers can seek financial compensation if they are hurt in an accident involving a dangerous piece of equipment or hazardous working conditions on the job site.
How long do I have to file a claim after my NYC construction accident?
It depends on the type of claim you file. For workers’ compensation benefits, you must notify your employer of your injury within 30 days of getting hurt (or having an injury or occupational disease diagnosed). Then you’ll have two years to file a formal workers’ compensation claim.
If you have the opportunity to file a civil construction accident lawsuit, New York law gives you three years from the date of your accident.
There may be limited exceptions, but they are few and far between. If you have not filed your claim before the statute of limitations expires, you’ll give up the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About New York City Construction Accidents
No. While workers’ compensation might bar your right to see damages via another method in some cases, in others you might be able to recover other compensation. For example, Labor Law 240 gives New York City construction workers the right to recover compensation from a general contractor who was negligent if the accident involved a fall from heights. Third parties may also be liable for compensation depending upon your specific case. Our labor accident attorneys are here to help evaluate all potential ways for recovering compensation after your construction accident.
Workers’ compensation serves to protect all workers and provide benefits when you’re injured in a workplace accident. However, it’s important to understand that multiple parties might be responsible for your accident. Our labor accident lawyers can fight to hold negligent contractors, property site owners, engineers, architects, equipment manufacturers and other third parties liable.
Speak with an Experienced New York City Construction Accident Attorney
A construction accident can turn your world upside down. Medical bills can mount quickly, and a sudden loss of income can put you in a tough financial situation. Fortunately, there are options for financial recovery. The experienced New York City construction accident lawyers at Proner & Proner are ready to help you exhaust every avenue.
Benefit from a team that genuinely cares about you and your well-being. Put decades of experience and a firm with a demonstrated ability to achieve top results in construction accident cases in your corner. We represent construction accident victims and their loved ones in all five boroughs and offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation so that you can more fully understand your legal rights and options. Contact us to arrange a time for yours today.
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