Nassau County Construction Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered a serious injury due to a construction accident, it is important to seek legal guidance. Victims with serious injuries typically face significant medical bills, emotional and physical pain, and the inability to return to work right away. Unfortunately, construction accidents are not uncommon. It is estimated that out of every 100,000 construction accidents, five individuals will die from their injuries. Because of the dangerous nature of construction work, the injuries from an accident are usually severe. If you were injured in a construction accident, contact an experienced Nassau County construction accident lawyer as you may be entitled to receive compensation for your financial losses as well as pain and suffering.Common Causes for Construction Site Accidents
While there are many reasons for injuries at construction sites:
- Trench collapses. A trench collapse occurs when the walls of the trench fail and as a result dirt falls into the trench. Trench collapses are among the most dangerous types of construction site accidents that can happen as they trap construction workers leading to serious injuries and death.
- Scaffolding accidents. If a scaffold fails, worker can fall from substantial heights, resulting in serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and back injuries.
- Slip and fall accidents. Falls are common at construction sites due to uneven terrain.
An injury from these accidents can be severe and can result in permanent disability, preventing the victim from ever being able to return to employment. With the proper safety equipment and training often these accidents can be avoided, or minimized. As an experienced Nassau County construction accident lawyer will explain, New York labor law requires that employers ensure that workers use proper safety equipment and are protected from falls and falling objects. If they fail to follow these requirements, they may be legally liable for injuries sustained by employees.Damages
Depending on the facts of your case, if you are hurt in a construction site accident due to another person's negligence you may be entitled to a number of types of compensation.
- Medical bills: The victim may be to recover compensation for expenses for medical treatment, surgeries, medicine and future doctor visits and care.
- Loss of income: When a victim is injured, they may be unable to work for an extended period of time. Victims may be able to file a claim for loss of income as well as for loss of future earning potential caused by the injury. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
- Pain and suffering: Victims may be able to file a claim for pain and suffering caused by their injury, as well as for loss of enjoyment of life. Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount of such damages depends on the seriousness of your injuries. Injuries that leave permanent damage your pain and suffering award is likely to be greater than if you completely recover from your injuries. For example, if you receive a severe burn that leaves a scarring or if a limb is amputated, then you are likely to receive a relatively large pain and suffering award. To learn more about pain and suffering compensation, speak with an experienced construction accident attorney in Nassau County.
- Wrongful death: If the victim's accident was fatal, the family may have legal recourse via a wrongful death suit. The claim can include reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of future income.
Construction workers who are injured on the job are generally limited to the benefits offered by workers’ compensation. That means that they do not have the legal right to pursue personal injury claims. However, under certain circumstances, the victim may have be entitled to compensation beyond workers compensation. Furthermore, if the negligent party was a third party such as contractors, property owners, or engineers, the victim may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you have been hurt at a construction site, contact our legal team. If you are a construction worker injured on the job, you may be able to collect compensation over and above workers' compensation benefits. Contact an experienced construction accident attorney in Nassau County at Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: Nassau County, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County, Bronx, and Westchester County.