NY Construction Accidents
5 Helpful Tips for a Construction Accident case
- File a report with the Site Safety Supervisor, your employer, your employer’s insurance company, and the State of New York.
- Obtain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses to the accident.
- Obtain photographs of the accident site and your injuries.
- Obtain the names of the owner, general contractor, site safety supervisor, and any subcontractors responsible for the accident.
- Contact a New York Construction Accident attorney immediately to protect your rights.
Too often construction workers are injured due to accidents caused by unsafe working conditions at a construction site. This can involve falls from a height, tripping on scattered debris, or a variety of mishaps. To protect construction workers the law requires a safe working environment. O.S.H.A. and N.Y.S. Labor Laws provide protection to construction workers to prevent on the job injuries.
At BBNR, our personal injury construction accident attorneys in New York have the training and experience to litigate these complex cases. Multiple defendants are usually involved in a construction accident cases with several different defense firms. The goal at BBNR for all NYC construction accident cases is to have the court find the defendant at fault as a matter of law during the pretrial litigation. Once liability is found against the defendant, the only issue for a trial will be assessing the injuries of the construction worker and what award should be given.
Falls off of scaffolds and ladders are a common type of injury from construction accidents. Falling objects that injure a person are also a common problem that causes injury. Sometime it is faulty equipment, such as an electrical saw that has the safety guards removed which causes a person to lose a finger or worse. Going to the work site immediately after the accident is important to identify the owners, construction managers, and others who may be responsible for site safety.
It is very helpful to winning a construction accident case by obtaining the records maintained by the defendant about the accident, including any safety meeting minutes. Sometimes, OSHA or a local New York City agency investigates a construction accident involving a death or serious injury. At BBNR, we make sure to obtain these investigatory findings to help prove the case against the defendants. Broken ladders, unsafe scaffolds, and excavations that are improperly shored and just some of the types of construction accident cases that occur. Our NY personal injury construction accident attorneys make sure every case is litigated aggressively to obtain the necessary evidence to win the case.
A New York construction worker injured on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, an injured construction worker may also sue a person or business other than his employer who caused his accident. Specifically, the owner or general contractor of the property under construction may be legally responsible for a construction worker’s injuries.
Obtaining information from witnesses and co-workers is extremely important to helping win a construction accident case. It’s also important to take photographs of any dangerous condition that contributed to the construction accident.
Strict time limitations exist to commence a lawsuit for a fall from a scaffold or ladder. In New York State, the time to commence such an action may depend upon who is injured, who the potential defendant is, as well as the enactment of new laws and judicial decisions interpreting the law. Computing the time limitations is not a simple matter and a person should promptly consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in New York.