Bronx Construction Accident
A construction accident can be a devastating physical and emotional experience. Construction sites are inherently dangerous and accidents are not uncommon. In fact, they are one of the top three reasons for accidental death in the United States. Construction work is considered dangerous because of the use of heavy equipment, working at great heights, or below ground. A construction accident can cause life-threatening injuries including a brain injury, head injury, internal bleeding, a back injury or broken bones. If you were injured in a construction accident due to the negligence of another person, it is important that you immediately speak with an experienced Bronx construction accident lawyer even if your accident is covered by workers' compensation to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under workers' compensation rules and personal injury law.Common causes for construction site accidents
Accidents at construction sites happened for a variety of reasons. Typically they occur because federal and local safety regulations were not followed. The types of accidents that are common at construction sites include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Crane accidents
- Falling objects
- Trench collapse
- Fire and explosions
- Ladder accidents
For example, Ralph Devito fell off a ladder as he was working in a building that was under construction. Devito was on an extension ladder when the ladder skidded out from underneath Devito, causing Devito to fall. Devito was seriously injured in the fall. In filing a defective product claim against the manufacturer of the ladder, Devito noted that the ladder lacked feet or cleats to prevent it from skidding. Devito v. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., 2008 NY Slip Op 50415 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2008)Common construction site injuries
Construction accidents can cause devastating injuries and even death. The type of injury suffered by the victim depends on a number of factors. However, the most common construction accidents injuries include:
- Chemical burns
- Electric burns
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic amputation
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Bone fractures
If you were injured at a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation from workers' compensation, or from a personal injury claim. It is important that you consult with an experienced attorney who will review your case and help you pursue the maximum compensation and benefits from the appropriate sources.
- Medical bills: Because construction site accident injuries can be serious, the medical bills associated with treatment can be substantial and may include the costs of the hospital, surgery, medication, medical equipment, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
- Loss of income: A victim who is seriously injured and requires surgery and other types of treatment will have to miss work. This means missed paychecks and missed benefits.
- Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering refers to the physical pain that you suffer due to your injuries. The more serious your injury, the more likely you are to receive a substantial pain and suffering award.
- Wrongful death: If a family member was killed in a construction accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim.
If you have been hurt at a construction site, contact our legal team. Construction site accident cases are complex. While you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, we will also determine whether you are entitled to compensation over and above the workers' compensation award. That staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in representing clients who have been injured in construction accidents, as well as in other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.