Were you or a loved one hurt in a construction accident in Brooklyn, NY? Call to speak with an experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyer Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. today. We offer a free consultation so that you can learn more about getting the fair compensation you deserve.
What Can a Personal Injury Attorney Do to Help if I Was Hurt in a Brooklyn Construction Accident?
You work hard for a living. When you’re hurt on the job, you deserve to receive fair compensation to help you make ends meet while you recover. Getting the full amount that you deserve isn’t always easy.
It can be hard to pinpoint the cause of a workplace accident if you aren’t experienced in investigating accident cases.
The insurance company and even your own employer might challenge whether you’re entitled to workers’ compensation. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our trusted Brooklyn personal injury lawyers are here to help.
Trusting our law firm to handle your case means that we will:
- Help you understand all potential options for getting fair compensation for your injuries
- Fully investigate your construction accident to locate all responsible parties
- Stand up to the insurance company when they try to pay you less than what you deserve
- Work with experts to make sure your claim is properly valued
- Answer your questions and make sure you’re fully informed about your case progress
- Advocate to protect your rights every step of the way
Our experienced construction accident attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. have over 40 years of experience handling personal injury and workers’ compensation claims. We know what it takes to protect your rights. We’ll do everything we can to make the legal process as simple as possible so that you can recover with peace of mind.
If you’re ready to learn more about how an experienced attorney can help with your specific case, give us a call today. We’re ready to discuss what happened and explain your options.
New York Construction Accident Statistics
Construction is the most dangerous occupation in New York City and across the United States. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, in 2018, 5,250 workers lost their lives in job-related accidents. More than 20% of those workers were in the construction industry. In New York alone, 36 construction workers died in 2018.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) found that 58.6% of these deaths were caused by the “fatal four” types of accident, which include:
- Struck by object
- “Caught between” accidents
Unfortunately, violations of the OHSA safety regulations on fall protection are the most commonly cited violation. Brooklyn construction workers are put at risk every day by these and other safety violations. Our lawyers are here to help make sure the negligent parties are held financially accountable.
Overview of New York Labor Laws
Both federal and state laws exist to protect construction workers from the dangerous conditions commonly found on construction sites. Some of the most comprehensive safety regulations are New York state laws. Those include:
New York Scaffolding Law
Under Section 240 of the New York Labor Laws, the “Scaffolding Law” protects construction workers who work from heights. Property owners and general contractors can be held accountable for injuries caused by problems with:
- The scaffolding itself
- Any other devices related to the scaffolding
Strict liability law applies if the third-party violated the scaffolding law. That means you don’t have to show that someone was negligent to recover compensation for your injuries.
General Health and Safety Protection
Section 200 of the New York Labor Law creates a general duty to protect the health and safety of employees in the construction industry. Parties who are in charge of the construction site have a duty to provide reasonable and adequate protection. This might include protective equipment, adequate training and machinery that is properly maintained and free of defects.
We’ll Fight to Get Fair Compensation For Your Injuries
Our experienced personal injury attorneys in Brooklyn have already recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients over the years. We regularly represent construction 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
A serious injury can derail your life indefinitely. You might even need long-term care that prevents you from returning to work in the future.
Our attorneys can make sure you get the money you need to protect your future and your family.
We Handle All Types of Construction Accident Claims
Every construction accident is unique. We dig into the facts to get the evidence needed to support your construction accident claim for damages. Our lawyers handle all types of construction site accident cases, including:
- 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
- Welding accidents
We’ll get to the bottom of what happened to make sure you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve. When you’re ready to get started, call to speak with our legal team.
How Much Time Do I Have to Take Action?
Even if you’re seriously hurt, it’s important to take action quickly to protect your rights. Under New York law, you have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. To preserve your right to workers’ compensation benefits, you only have 30 days to notify your employer that you were injured in a construction accident.
How Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Hurt on a Construction Site in Brooklyn?
If you were hurt in a construction accident, you have two primary ways to recover compensation: workers’ compensation and a personal injury lawsuit. If a third party was negligent and caused the accident, we can file a personal injury lawsuit and fight for compensation.
If your employer or a co-worker caused the accident, you aren’t entitled to sue for damages. That’s because the workers’ compensation system shields employers from lawsuits based on work injuries. Third parties don’t receive similar protection. You’re entitled to sue for the full cost of your injuries.
Our lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. will help you get all the money you deserve for your work injury. We can help with:
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workers’ compensation provides benefits if you’re hurt at work in Brooklyn. You don’t have to prove fault or find out what happened to get workers’ compensation. If you were working when the construction accident happened, you qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits for:
- Medical bills
- About ⅔ of your average weekly wages prior to the accident
- Permanent disability
- Survivor’s benefits
The law gives you the right to these benefits. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to get fair benefits. The insurance company might challenge whether your medical care is reasonable. They might even claim that you were hurt before the accident, so that your injury isn’t covered.
The rules are also complex. You’re only entitled to workers’ compensation wage replacement benefits in New York if your injury keeps you off the job for a certain amount of time. If you’re out of work for at least 14 days, you can receive benefits for the first seven days of disability retroactively.
Having an experienced injury lawyer by your side greatly increases your chances of getting full benefits. Our lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. are ready to stand up for your rights. Don’t hesitate to call if you’re ready to learn more about how we can help.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
When someone is negligent and causes a construction accident, they can be held accountable by filing a third-party claim. Contractors, property owners, and any other third party who caused your accident are responsible for paying compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Full lost wages and salary
- Future medical treatment
- Reduced ability to earn a living in the future
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of your loved one’s company or financial support if the accident was fatal
- And more
To pursue a lawsuit, we first have to find out what happened. The first step is speaking with our experienced personal injury lawyers. We’ll engage experts who can testify to the cause of the accident and make sure you receive enough compensation to protect your future needs.
To learn more, all you have to do is call to schedule a free consultation and get the legal advice you need.
Call to Schedule Your Free Case Review With An Experienced Brooklyn Construction Accident Lawyer Today
Getting compensation after a work accident can be difficult, but you don’t have to handle your case alone. An experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can handle every aspect of your claim. All you have to do is tell us what happened.
To schedule your free consultation, just call our law offices today. You can also connect with our team online. We handle personal injury cases in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and across NYC.