New York City Construction Accident

Construction sites have been the locations of many horrific accidents. There have been numerous scaffold accidents where workers have fallen from high elevations. There have been incidents where cranes have collapsed onto unsuspecting pedestrians. Because of the heavy equipment used, power tools, high elevations, and unstable surfaces, construction sites are inherently dangerous and accidents are frequent. Construction accidents tend to leave victims with serious and life-threatening injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries such as concussions, spinal cord injuries that can leave the victim paralyzed, and broken bones that take a long time to heal. To help counter the financial challenges that accompany serious injuries from accidents, the law allows victims to file claims in order to receive compensation. If you are in need of an injury lawyer because you were injured in a construction accident because another person was negligent, it is important that you immediately speak with a New York City construction accident lawyer as you may be entitled to receive compensation or benefits.

Types of construction site accidents

While construction sites are inherently unsafe, the risk of an accident decreases significantly when companies and workers follow safety regulations issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The unfortunate reality is that or a variety of reasons companies do not always follow safety guidelines, putting workers and others at risk. Common injuries at construction sites include:

  1. Falls. Construction workers in New York frequently work on scaffolds and on partially constructed tall buildings that do not have walls. Falls from high elevations leave victims with catastrophic injuries such as broken necks and brain injuries.
  2. Electrocution. There are often exposed, live wires at construction sites, leading to serious, sometimes fatal electrical burns. Wearing protective clothing and taking other precautions lowers of the risk of accidental electrocution.
  3. Fires and chemical burns. Construction sites often have can have chemicals, gases and other types of flammable materials. If not handled properly, such substances can ignite, injuring workers. In addition, some chemicals will burn the skin if not handled properly.
Damages for a construction site injury

If you are working at a construction site and suffer an injury, it is likely that the accident is covered by workers’ compensation. This means that you will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including medical care, wage replacement and, if necessary, vocational counseling. In order to receive such benefits you must follow the rules for filing a claim established by your employer. Even though you may feel you are entitled to workers’ compensation, your employer may not agree and may challenge your claim. A construction accident lawyer serving injured victims in New York City can help make sure that you receive the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled.

Because of the restrictions provided by New York’s workers’ compensation law, victims who are entitled to workers’ compensation are barred from also pursuing a negligence claim against the employer. However, there are a few narrow circumstances where a victim of a construction accident does have the right to pursue damages in a personal injury lawsuit. For example, if the victim was a bystander. Compensable losses may include past and future medical expenses related to the treating the injury, lost wages, benefits and other compensation including lost income from self-employment, and pain and suffering. To make sure that you file the appropriate type of claim based on the specifics of your accident, contact a construction accident attorney in New York City.

If a family member was killed in a construction accident, family members may be eligible to receive compensation through a wrongful death claim, or by filing a claim for workers’ compensation death benefits.


Darrin was a carpenter standing on a platform near the 23rd floor of a building under construction in Manhattan. It was the end of the work day and Darrin was preparing to leave. He unhooked his safety harness. Moments later a crane hit the platform Darrin was standing, causing Darrin to lose his balance and fall to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Darrin’s family will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you have been hurt at a construction site, you may be eligible to receive compensation through a personal injury claim or through workers’ compensation insurance. However, to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, it is important that you are represented by attorney who understands the complexities of both personal injury law and workers’ compensation law. The 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 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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.

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