How to Recover Compensation Following a Construction Site Accident in New York

How to Recover Compensation Following a Construction Site Accident in New York

Construction workers are the backbone of our country. They work tirelessly, day in and day out–not to mention in what are often hazardous conditions. Construction workers humbly serve us all, and they rarely get the recognition or honor they deserve. This is why it is absolutely unacceptable if you are a construction worker and were injured due to another party’s negligence. If you are a construction worker and were injured in an on-site accident, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the main causes of construction site accidents?

  • Falling debris
  • Slip and falls
  • Ladder collapses
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Lifting injuries
  • Electrocutions
  • Explosions
  • Crush accidents
  • Trench and structure cave-ins
  • Supervisor negligence
  • Unsafe property conditions

The last two items on this list are of particular interest if you are seeking compensation. If you were injured due to supervisor negligence or unsafe property conditions that could have been improved, there is a good chance you will be entitled to compensation.

How can I be sure I qualify for financial compensation?

In any personal injury case, the main qualifier is proving negligence. If you can prove that another party is responsible for your injuries, you will most likely qualify. It is worth noting, however, that you may not sue your employer directly. This is to prevent you from losing your job. However, you may file a third-party lawsuit. Essentially, your personal injury case will focus more on the liability of other responsible parties, such as general contractors, architects, designers, the property owner, equipment manufacturers, and leasing agents. Each one of these parties may be thoroughly examined in order to establish who was responsible for the injuries you have sustained. 

Is there anything I can do to help my chances of winning my claim?

Fortunately, there is. One of the most helpful things you can do in terms of winning your claim is taking pictures or video of the hazard that caused your injuries. It would be ideal if a security camera caught the incident as it happened. You may also wish to ask any nearby workers who witnessed the incident for their contact information, as they may vouch for you in court. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, you must seek medical attention immediately after your accident occurred. A medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation detailing the extent and severity of your injuries. You may then provide this information to help prove your case as well.

Contact our New York firm

The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.

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