At Cellino Law we have found that victims of construction accidents are often not aware of their rights. Some of them have no idea that they can seek compensation for their losses. Others mistakenly believe that the compensation will only cover their medical bills. Their injuries and illnesses take time to heal and also bring about considerable costs and losses, like medical bills, lost wages, and more. Many end up needing the help of an experienced New York construction accident lawyer to get the fair compensation they deserve.
While each case is unique, information is key in all of them. We seek to provide the information necessary to victims through risk-free initial consultations. We give accident victims a chance to discuss their case with one of our experienced NY construction accident lawyers for free. This way, they can learn more about New York laws and how they apply to their particular case. They can also learn what their rights are, how much their case is worth, and how they should approach it.
If you were injured in a construction accident, we can help. All you need to do is schedule a free consultation with our leading New York injury firm. We fight to get our client’s maximum compensation for their claims. Best of all, if we don’t win your case, you pay nothing! Contact our office today to start the process with one of our skilled lawyers fighting for you.
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Main Construction Accident Causes in New YorkAccording to New York Active Major Constructions, there are over 7,000 active construction permits. They cover over 177 million square feet and 120 thousand proposed dwelling units. With this high volume of construction, it should come as no surprise that accidents occur every day.
Some accidents occur due to understaffing and employers’ noncompliance with labor law in general and scaffold law in particular. Others are the result of the New York construction workers’ negligence or bad jokes. Most construction accident cases have one of the following causes:
They cause more than 20% of construction injuries. Their victims are usually construction employees who work at heights. However, it is not uncommon for a passerby to fall into an unsignalled hole.
Sometimes, construction workers on scaffolds accidentally drop materials or tools. These can easily hit another worker or passerby and cause serious injuries, maybe even death.
Backing Out Trucks
Many of the trucks and machines used in construction have limited rearview. A worker or passerby situated in their blind spot could easily be run over or crushed against a concrete wall.
Fires and Explosions
Many construction sites are a paradise of fire and explosion hazards. They are flammable substances, leaking pipes, and exposed wiring everywhere. One spark is enough for a disaster to happen and everyone in the area to incur life-threatening injuries.
Collapsing Trenches or Buildings
It is not uncommon to hear on the news that a trench that was being built collapsed on the workers. Sometimes, buildings being demolished collapse earlier or unexpectedly due to water infiltration or high vibration levels. The people trapped inside usually suffer severe and difficult to treat injuries.
Repetitive Motion and Heavy Lifting
Construction workers often perform repetitive movements and lift heavy weights. This type of work predisposed to back injuries and muscle and joint damage. Heat stress, hypothermia, and frostbite are constant threats on construction sites as well.
Dust, Heavy Metals, & Other Substances Considered Dangerous in Long-Term Exposure
In the past, asbestos was the most important threat to construction workers’ safety. Now it is rarely used, but construction site hazards are still numerous. Lead, solvents, and chemical-filled dust can cause serious respiratory illnesses, intoxications, and other health issues.
The list could continue but it should be obvious by now that construction sites are full of dangers. Anyone can get injured, from workers to their supervisors, the works’ beneficiaries, site visitors, service providers, and passersby.
In theory, victims have the right to compensation. In practice, compensations are difficult to obtain. They require the following strict procedures and providing solid evidence. It takes the knowledge, experience, and skills of a New York construction accident lawyer to succeed.
Depending on the cause and the circumstances of the accident, injuries and illnesses may vary. We will review the most common ones below.
Common Types of Injuries and Illnesses Our Lawyers Handle
Construction workers with several years of experience often develop respiratory diseases. These are the result of the dust and chemicals the workers breathe in on a daily basis. The most common forms are silicosis and asbestosis.
Also common among construction workers are back problems, like herniated disks. These are the result of prolonged standing, repetitive bending, and heavy lifting. Besides being extremely painful, they often require invasive surgical treatments and expensive recovery protocols.
Both types of conditions require expensive long-term treatments. Our construction accident attorneys have made it their mission to help sufferers recover their losses. We also help compensate for the following types of injuries:
- Amputations of fingers, toes, or limbs
- Fractures and broken bones
- Burns and disfigurement
- Lacerations and cuts
- Eye injuries or loss of vision
- Shoulder, wrist, knee, and ankle injuries
- Loss of hearing due to heavy noise
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Post-traumatic stress disorders
- Head and brain injuries
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
Again, the list may continue, but you surely understand the basics: we help compensate almost any type of construction injuries.
Why would you need the help of a New York construction accident lawyer? There are no two cases alike. It is one thing to incur injuries on the job and another thing to be injured due to another person’s negligence.
It is one thing to file an insurance claim, and a completely different story to file a lawsuit. Finally, there is a huge difference between representing yourself and having an entire legal team fight on your behalf.
Why do I Need a New York Construction Accident Lawyer?
When you work with an experienced construction accident attorney, you receive advice every step of the way. Here is what an attorney can do for you:
Advice on How to Act After the Accident
After a construction site accident occurs, the victims are usually confused and unsure of what to do. Many employers and insurance agents take advantage of their situation to convince them to sign right waivers.
Instead of giving up your rights, focus on getting a medical exam. If you are a construction worker you should also report your injuries to your employer. Then, your priority should be to get legal help. Our construction accident lawyers will step in to defend your rights and guide your steps.
Free Case Review
Before you can seek compensation for your injuries, you need to know what type of claim you have. It could be a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim. The procedures you need to follow and the benefits you can obtain differ from one case to another. The evidence requirements vary as well.
At Cellino Law, our New York construction accident attorney will review your case for free. They will tell you what type of claim you have, with whom you have to file it, and how much it is worth. If you let them, they will gather the necessary evidence and take over all the formalities.
Did you know that, depending on your case-specific, you could get compensation for pain and suffering? Many accident victims have no idea how to claim such damages and never do. We know all about proving physical and emotional suffering.
We are ready to use our knowledge to your benefit. Without help, you can be sure that you will obtain a higher compensation than you could on your own. From gathering evidence to proving liability and incurred damages, everything is routine for us.
Ability to Fight Unfavorable Verdicts and Settlements
The defendant to your claim will do everything in their power to avoid paying or lower the amount. Therefore, you should be prepared for claim denials or detrimental settlement offers. You should not see them as final but rather fight them with everything you have.
At Cellino Law, we can help. We have extensive experience appealing compensation claims and negotiating settlements for our clients. The defendant to your claim will have no alternative but to pay the compensation you deserve.
And there are many more things we can do for you. Working with us will get you time and peace of mind to focus on recovering from your injuries. It will save you the effort and hassles of filling in tons of paperwork. Also, you will not have to deal with the defendant to your claim or their legal representatives.
But the best way to find out what we can do for you is to talk to one of our construction accident attorneys in person.
Contact a New York Construction Accident Lawyer at Cellino Law, for a Free Consultation!
Why settle for generic information when you can get advice customized to your case specifics? At Cellino Law, we are ready to assist you and fight for your rights. To benefit from our help, you only need to schedule a free consultation. Call our office or use the contact form and make an appointment with our New York personal injury attorneys!