If you were hurt in a construction accident in the Bronx, you may have options for recovering compensation. An experienced Bronx construction accident lawyer can fight to make sure you aren’t leaving money on the table. To learn more about your options, call our experienced attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. for a free consultation.
We’re ready to put more than 40 years of experience to work for you.
Why is it Important to Hire an Experienced Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer if I Was Hurt on the Job?
Healing from construction accident injuries requires time, patience, and, importantly, money. When you’re hurt on the job, you have the right to workers’ compensation benefits. You might also be able to file a lawsuit for additional damages. An experienced Bronx personal injury attorney can make all the difference in identifying options you might not have considered.
Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. is home to an experienced team of workplace accident lawyers. For more than 40 years, we’ve been fighting to protect the rights of injured workers across NYC.
When you hire us, you can expect that we will:
- Handle all paperwork, negotiations, and communications with the insurance companies so that you can focus on your health
- Make sure you understand your rights and options
- Communicate with you throughout the process so that you can rest easy that your case is in good hands
- Stand up to the insurance company when they try to blame you or minimize the value of your claim
- Make sure you’re receiving the full amount of workers’ compensation you deserve
- Advocate for your best interests throughout the entire legal process
Our lawyers work with respected experts and specialists to build the strongest possible case in your favor. We know that this is a stressful time. You might be worried about how you’ll pay your bills and put food on the table. Let us handle the financial aspects so that you can work on your physical recovery.
If you’re ready to learn more about what we can do in your specific case, don’t hesitate to call our law firm. We’d be happy to arrange a free consultation to discuss your accident and options.
Overview of the New York City Construction Industry
The construction industry is the most dangerous industry in the city. However, the industry is booming. According to the Office of the New York State Comptroller, the construction industry added about 45,300 jobs between 2010 and 2018. Construction spending reached a record-high $61.5 billion in 2018 alone.
About 409,100 people work in the New York City construction industry–the highest levels in the nation. Unfortunately, construction workers are also subject to the more dangerous job site conditions.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data shows that more than1,000 construction workers were killed on the job in 2018. Thousands more were seriously injured. More than half of all construction accident fatalities were caused by four types of accidents:
- Struck-by object accidents
- Caught-between accidents
This is the case despite detailed safety regulations designed to keep workers safe.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
A day on the construction site can turn deadly in a moment. Some of the most common causes of construction accidents include:
- Lack of fall protection
- Lack of ground protection to protect others from falling objects
- Unsafe equipment
- Failure to take safety precautions when working around utilities and power lines
- Improper protections on power tools
- Lack of training or supervision
- OSHA and labor law violations
- Unsafe property conditions
While you can’t sue your employer for damages, if a third party’s actions caused your accident, you might be entitled to compensation above and beyond what workers’ compensation covers. To learn more, give us a call for a free consultation.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Our Bronx construction accident attorneys are familiar with the many ways that construction accidents occur. Regardless of how you were hurt, it’s important to get information about your legal rights. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we can help if you were hurt in an accident involving:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Trench accidents
- Roof and ladder falls
- Falling object accidents
- Electrocution and electric shock accidents
- Crane accidents
- Accidents involving explosions and burn injuries
- Building collapse
- Car accidents
- Unsafe construction work equipment
- Forklift accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Welding accidents
If your employer’s negligence caused the accident, your injuries will likely be covered by workers’ compensation. If someone else was to blame, our lawyers can help determine whether you’re eligible to sue for additional damages. Even if your specific accident type isn’t listed here, don’t hesitate to call our firm for help.
We’ve been handling these types of cases for more than 40 years and know what it takes to protect your rights.
We Fight to Get Fair Compensation for Your Construction Accident Injuries
Conditions on a construction site can change at a moment’s notice. When safety isn’t a top priority, workers can suffer serious, debilitating injuries.
Our lawyers are experienced in helping construction site accident victims who have sustained:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Fractures and joint injuries
- Chest injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Burn injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Your recovery should be your top priority. Our attorneys will make getting full compensation our number one priority. Get in touch with us today if you’re ready to learn more.
What Should I Do If I Was Hurt in a Construction Accident?
If you were hurt on a construction site, don’t hesitate to get medical help right away. In an emergency, workers’ compensation will cover the cost of your medical care even if you don’t see an approved doctor. You should also:
- Tell the doctor you were hurt at work
- Notify your supervisor as soon as you can
- Take pictures of the scene if you can
- Call an experienced personal injury lawyer
Our lawyers are always here to discuss your claim. To learn more, just call for a free consultation.
Are There Any Time Limits for Filing a Claim?
Yes. The New York statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date the accident occurred. You only have 30 days to notify your employer that you were injured on a construction site to protect your right to workers’ compensation.
While you should get the ball rolling as soon as possible, you then technically have two years to file your formal workers’ compensation claim.
How Do I Get Compensation After a Bronx Construction Accident?
Injured construction workers can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits right away. You might also be able to file a lawsuit against the party who was responsible for your accident. Our lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can help with your workers’ compensation claim and explore your right to additional damages.
You’re entitled to New York workers’ compensation benefits if you were hurt on the job. Cash benefits are only paid for the first seven days if you’re out of work for at least 14 days–but you can file your claim for benefits right away. If you’re out of work for at least 14 days, you’re entitled to retroactive payment for the first seven days.
Your cash benefits for wage replacement equal about ⅔ of your average weekly wages for the year before the accident. That amount is also subject to a weekly cap of about $966 in 2020.
Your medical benefits are covered regardless of how long you’re out of work. It’s important to make sure the doctor you see is approved by the workers’ compensation board.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
Filing a personal injury lawsuit can help you get damages that workers’ compensation doesn’t cover. The total amount of compensation will depend upon the nature and extent of your injuries.
Your damages award in a third-party claim can include money for:
- Medical bills
- Full lost wages
- Future medical treatment
- Reduced ability to earn a living in the future
- Physical therapy
- Long-term care
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
If you lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident, you can also receive compensation for the loss of your loved one’s company and financial support. Our lawyers will locate and analyze the evidence to see whether you’re entitled to sue for damages.
Parties whose careless actions might have caused your accident include:
- Construction site owners
- The general contractor
- The manufacturer of dangerous equipment or tools
You can also sue for damages if you were hurt while merely passing by a construction site. Unlike with workers’ compensation, we have to prove that someone was negligent to recover damages in a third-party claim.
Schedule a Free Consultation With An Experienced Bronx Construction Accident Lawyer Today
Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. is a leading NYC personal injury firm. We’ve helped countless accident victims recover fair compensation for their injuries. To schedule your free consultation with an experienced Bronx construction accident lawyer, call our law offices today.