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 are common as construction sites are inherently dangerous. In the United States nearly one third of all fatal accidents are construction-related accidents such as scaffold accidents, crane accidents, and ladder accidents. Accidents sometimes occur because of lack of communication between co-workers, faulty safety equipment, failure to follow safety rules, or lack of training. Injuries sustained in these accidents can be serious and at times life threatening, including concussions, back injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and broken bones. If you were injured in a construction accident, it is important that you immediately speak with a Staten Island construction accident lawyer as you may be entitled to payment for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses that you suffered.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
Under New York law if you are seriously injured in a scaffold accident, crane accident, a ladder accident or any other type accident at a construction site, you may have the right to compensation and benefits for the losses you suffered in the accident. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be entitled to damages through a personal injury lawsuit, or you may be entitled to benefits from workers’ compensation. You may even be entitled to both. If you file a personal injury lawsuit, compensable losses include medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
- Medical expenses: All past and future expenses related to treating the injury you suffered at a construction site bills related to the emergency room, hospital, surgery, diagnostic lab tests, medication, and physical therapy.
- Lost wages: While recovering from a serious injury such as a head injury, broken arm, or back injury you may not be able to return to work until you have recovered from your injuries. This means that your income will decrease as you may not receive your regular pay.
- Pain and suffering. If you suffer a spinal injury, a broken leg, or another serious injury as result of a construction site accident, you will undoubtedly experience physical pain that may be chronic or intermittent. You may also face the reality of having to live with a permanent injury such as an amputation, limp, scar or even paralysis. With this reality there may also be depression and other emotional problems.
If the accident is covered under workers’ compensation, the benefits available to you include medical care and a portion of your weekly salary. If necessary, you are also entitled to vocational counseling. If your injury is so serious that you are not able to return to work for a long time, if ever, you may be entitled to Social Security disability 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. However, to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, it is important that you are represented by attorney with experience. 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.