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If you or a loved one has been injured in an New York City construction accident, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do next.
Our experienced team of New York City construction accident attorneys at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm has helped thousands of injured construction workers and their families get the money they need after a serious injury or work site fatality.
We will aggressively fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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Compensation available to New York construction accident victims
After a construction site accident, the best way for accident victims to receive maximum compensation for their injuries is to enlist the legal expertise of an experienced NYC construction accident lawyer.
The trusted construction accident attorneys at Raphaelson & Levine have secured millions of dollars in construction accident lawsuits for injured New York construction workers, including:
- $8.5 Million personal injury claim for a child hurt in a Bronx building collapse
- $2.23 Million construction accident claim for a scaffold injury in Rockland County, New York
- $1.14 Million settlement for a construction site trip and fall in the Bronx
Construction accident victims may be able to pursue one (or more) of the following claims with the help of a New York construction injury lawyer:
Workers’ compensation benefits
In New York, workers’ compensation law entitles construction workers injured on the job to cash benefits regardless of immigration status, including undocumented construction workers. The workers’ compensation claim formula (2/3 x Average Weekly Wage x % of Disability) calculates the maximum benefit paid per week to a worker who is totally or partially disabled and unable to work for more than seven days straight. (Learn More)
Personal injury claim
If the construction injury occurred due to a third party’s negligence, the victim or their family could file a personal injury lawsuit to recover for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, wage capacity, and other losses. During negotiations, the victim or their New York construction accident attorney must establish that a third party was negligent and that their negligence led to the injury. (Learn More)
Product liability claim
If the construction injury occurred due to a defective product, the victim or their family could file a product liability claim. In these types of personal injury cases, the victim or their personal injury attorney must establish that the product was already dangerous when it left the manufacturer’s control and that there was no warning of the risk of unreasonable danger. (Learn More)
Wrongful death claim
If a work-related injury resulted in the loss of life, a victim’s family can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for reasonable expenses including, but not limited to, lost wages and benefits of the deceased, lost inheritance, and the value of parental care as well as conscious pain and suffering endured by the deceased. (Learn More)
Liability in New York construction accident lawsuits
A recent in-depth analysis of all OSHA construction site inspections in New York found safety violations were present at 2 of 3 site inspections. The analysis also reported safety violations were found at 100% of construction sites with fall-related deaths (in 2014 and 2015).
Most construction accident injuries occur due to inadequate safety provisions for workers. While OSHA penalties for employers violating job-site safety laws have increased in recent years, an alarming amount of construction accidents and fatalities in New York State and New York City continue to be reported yearly.
When a job-site accident occurs, a New York construction injury lawyer may be able to hold multiple parties liable for the accident.
Any construction company or third party that failed to take sufficient safety measures or provide adequate safety provisions to ensure a reasonably safe construction site may be held liable for job-site injuries – including general contractors, subcontractors, site owners, property owners, engineers, and equipment manufacturers.
New York labor laws favor construction workers and provide specific legal protections under New Labor Law Sections 200, 240 (“Scaffolding Law”), and 241(6), which provide special provisions for workers injured by or on scaffolds, ladders, hoists, stays, slings, hangers, pulleys, irons, ropes, blocks, braces, and other similar devices
The “fatal four” causes of construction accident injuries in NYC
New York construction workers are nearly four times more likely to suffer a fatal occupational injury compared to all other industries, which has resulted in the tragic loss of nearly 500 lives and thousands of serious injuries throughout New York’s construction industry over the past decade.
Defective equipment, falling debris, trench collapse, explosions, exposed power lines, and toxic materials like solvents are all hazards that contribute to more than 1,500 deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries to construction workers each year in the United States.
In New York City, four causes of construction-related fatalities are responsible for nearly 90 percent of all construction worker deaths.
Dubbed the “Fatal Four,” these work site situations are responsible for nearly all construction worker deaths in New York City each year:
Slip, trip & fall accidents
Injuries from scaffolding accidents, ladder accidents, unsecured sidewalk bridges, safety equipment malfunctions, lack of fall protection, or etc.
Injuries due to falling tools, debris, building materials, unsecured loads, crane accidents, and similar issues
Due to exposed wires, faulty wiring, and other electrical issues
Injuries due to being caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, including a trench collapse, building collapse, or similar type of situation
How long do I have to file a construction injury claim in NY?
You have three years to file a construction injury claim in New York.
If you want to seek workers' compensation, however, you must notify your employer within 30 days of the accident and then submit your claim for benefits.
Failing to timely submit your claim can result in losing the right to get the money you deserve.
What types of construction accident cases does Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm handle?
Since 1992, our NYC construction accident attorneys have recovered maximum compensation for injury victims with many types of work-related injuries, including: broken bones, building collapse injuries, burns, compressor accident injuries, crane accident injuries, cutting injuries, electrocution, elevator injuries, eye injury, falls from heights, forklift accidents, gas explosions, knee and ankle injuries, ladder accidents, nail gun injuries, scaffolding accidents, spinal cord injury, toxic exposure, traumatic brain injury, welding injuries, wrongful death and more.
What is NY Labor Law § 240?
Labor Law 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, is a New York State law that holds property owners and contractors responsible for gravity-related injuries to construction workers who are provided with inadequate safety devices while working at an elevation (like on scaffolding). This law covers all construction, excavation, and demolition work done in New York State.
LEARN MORE: New York Labor Law 240 | NY Scaffold Law Explained
How much is my construction injury claim worth?
The value of a construction injury claim varies depending on the severity and type of injuries you sustained. Generally, construction injury claims can be worth tens of thousands of dollars for minor injuries, to hundreds of thousands or even millions for more serious injuries like a traumatic brain injury.
In addition to compensation for medical bills and lost wages, claimants may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.
Our personal injury lawyers utilize a variety of tactics such as medical evidence, witness testimony, expert opinions, financial documents, investigating all liable parties to uncover aspects of your construction accident case that can increase the potential for a higher settlement or jury award.
LEARN MORE: Recent construction accident verdicts & settlements
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Struggling with the financial burden of a construction injury? We can help.
If you've been hurt in a construction site accident in New York, our construction injury lawyers have the reputation, resources, and respect to get the compensation you need to secure your financial future.
At Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm we understand the emotional, physical and financial toll a workplace injury has on your life and will work tirelessly to fight to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
We proudly serve union and non-union construction workers regardless of immigration status (including undocumented workers) throughout New York, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New York City (NYC) as well as Rockland County, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester, NY.
Contact Raphaelson & Levine today for a free consultation with a NYC construction accident lawyer at our firm.
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