Nassau County Construction Accident
If you have suffered a serious injury due to a construction accident, it is important to seek legal guidance. You may be contending with high medical costs, emotional and physical pain and the inability to return to work. A construction accident or scaffold accident happens more often than you think, and often with deadly results. 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, including a spinal injury, a fracture or serious broken bone, or a traumatic head injury or skull fracture. With the proper safety equipment and training often these accidents can be avoided, or minimized. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you were injured in a construction accident due to the negligence of another person, it is important that you immediately speak with a Nassau County construction accident lawyer as you may be entitled to receive compensation for your financial loss, as well as pain and suffering.Common causes for construction site accidents
While there are many reasons that accidents occur at construction sites, frequently seen construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Crane accidents
- Falling debris
- Trench collapse
- Fire and explosions
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. Under New York Labor Law § 200, 240, and 241, employers must ensure that workers use proper safety equipment and are protected from falls and falling objects. If an employer fails to follow safety requirements, then the employer may be legally liable if the employee is injured. However, liability may not be limited to employers. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, other parties may be wholly or partly responsible including property owners, general contractors, project managers, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, and architects.Common construction site injuries
Construction accidents can cause devastating injuries and even death. Injuries commonly seen at construction sites include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Eye Injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Toxic exposure
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 a number of types of compensation.
- Medical bills: Construction accidents can cause devastating injuries the cost of which can well exceed insurance limits. The individual may be able to file a claim to cover 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 los 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.
- 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.
If you have been hurt at a construction site, contact our legal team. These cases are complex and it is essential to have legal guidance to obtain the compensation you deserve. You may be able to collect compensation over and above the workers' compensation award. If you have been injured, it is important you speak with legal counsel from our office to ensure that your rights are protected. 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.