Staten Island Construction Accident

If you have suffered an injury at work, you will likely face high medical expenses, inability to return to work, and substantial pain and suffering. Construction accidents happen more often than you would think, and are often deadly. In the United States nearly one third of all fatal injury accidents happen as the result of a scaffold accident, crane accident, or some other type of construction accident. This type of work is inherently dangerous because of the heavy equipment used on jobs, and the working conditions at the job site. An accident can occur because of lack of communication between co-workers, faulty safety equipment, or lack of training. Injuries sustained in these accidents can be serious and at times life threatening, including a concussion, head injury, back injury, neck injury, spinal injury or broken bone. If you were injured in a construction accident due to the negligence of another person or entity, it is important that you immediately speak with a Staten Island 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, common types of construction site accidents include scaffolding accidents, slip and fall accidents, crane accidents, falling debris, trench collapse, and fire and explosions. An injury from any of these types of 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:

  • Burns
  • Amputation
  • Electronic
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Eye Injuries
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Toxic exposure

For example, in Grinberg v. C&L Contracting Corp., 107 A.D.3d 491 (N.Y. App. Div., 2013), plaintiff Mark Grinberg fell while working at construction site and was seriously injured. His injuries included a pilon fracture, crushed ankle, and a multi-fragmented comminuted fracture to the tibia.

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 a number of types of compensation.

  • Medical Bills: Construction accidents can cause devastating injuries the cost of which can well exceed insurance limits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

In the case of Grinberg v. C&L Contracting Corp., Mark Grinberg required 2 surgeries to help repair the damage to his ankle. In addition, his injuries required rehabilitation. As a result of the injury Grinberg suffered permanent arthritis and tendonitis. The jury determined that C&L Contracting Corp was 45% responsible for Grinberg's injuries and that Grinberg was 55% responsible. He was awarded over $800,000 in compensation for pain and suffering.

Staten Island Construction Accident Lawyer

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 Stephen Bilkis and 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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