What is My Construction Accident Worth?
We all know that construction is a dangerous business. An accident can happen in an instant, with disastrous results. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that in 2015 alone, 4,836 workers were fatally injured, averaging 13 deaths per day. These accidents also cause serious injuries including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. If you have suffered a construction accident, you are in need of answers.
Stephen Bilkis and Associates have been handling personal injury cases for decades. They have proven time and time again, that there is no substitute for experience. To date, they have recovered over one half billion ($500,000,000) in compensation for their clients. Contact them for guidance as soon as possible.
In the construction industry, there is something called "the fatal four." These refer to four types of accidents that cause the most injuries in the industry. These are:
Caught-in/Between: This is where a worker is physically caught between heavy machinery, such as a crane or tractor.
Falls: Falls accounted for almost 60% of the construction deaths in 2015. Workers can fall from scaffolding, roofs, ladders, or through temporary floors.
Struck-By Accidents: This type of accident refers to a worker being struck by an object, often falling debris.
Electrocution: This can be a result of a worker being exposed to a fire or explosion. Workers can also strike overhead power lines. Depending on the voltage, this type of accident can be fatal.
These types of accidents accounted for 81% of the injury accidents in 2015. Sadly, many of these injuries are preventable. OSHA has set safety guidelines to protect construction workers. In 2015, 90% of all fatalities that occurred at construction sites failed recent safety inspections.What is My Construction Accident Worth?
The value of a case depends on several things. Your lawyer would need to determine the extent of your injuries and the amount of your medical bills, missed time from work, and insurance policy limits.Insurance
Insurance plays a crucial role in any recovery. It is important to be aware that every company operates differently, and therefore will value your claim differently. The insurance policy limits involved in your case have a major impact on what you will be able to collect.
Medical Costs: If you have been injured in a construction accident, you undoubtedly have significant medical bills. If your injury was due to the negligence of another party, you have a right to be compensated for your medical bills. This includes all hospital and doctor bills, medications expenses now, and those that you may incur in the future.
Lost Wages: Any work you have missed as a result of your injury is reimbursable. If your injuries are severe and will be unable to return to work, you can be compensated for your current and future loss of income.
Pain and Suffering/Loss of Quality of Life: Recovering from an injury is a difficult process. You may be suffering from both physical and emotional pain. In New York, you can recover compensation for pain and suffering. The court will determine a dollar amount by taking the severity of your injury and your prognosis into account. The loss of quality of life may apply as well. If you were a piano player and could no longer play piano because of a hand injury, it could be asserted that you have a loss of quality of life.
These factors, combined with the unique facts of your case will help your lawyer to determine the value of your case. For comparison purposes, here are a few similar injury cases and their outcomes:
$2,900,000 Settlement: Construction worker injured when scaffolding collapsed.
$23,800,000 Jury Verdict: Victim paralyzed in accident while driving company truck.
$10,015,000 Jury Verdict: Worker falls 20 ft. injuring head and spine.
The legal team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates understands the difficulties you are facing, and is here to help. We can help create a legal strategy to help you get the compensation you deserve and get back to living your life. We have offices in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. Call today for a free consultation at 800.696.9529.