Securing Compensation For Construction Accident Victims
Construction is considered one of the most hazardous industries, with an estimated one-third of work-related deaths occurring in the construction industry. Health and safety inspectors continue to find numerous unsafe and inadequately regulated construction sites in New York City. Violations of health and safety regulations seem almost routine.
If you suffered an injury on a construction site or you are grieving the loss of a loved one, take legal action with help from Silver & Kelmachter, LLP. During our more than 30 years of practice, we have handled a wide range of construction-related injuries. The most common construction accidents include:
- Falls from scaffolding, ladders, platforms, cranes or roofs
- Slips and trips caused by construction materials being moved or lying around
- Machinery and equipment-related accidents due to inexperience, lack of training or failing to perform proper maintenance
- Electrocutions, fires and explosions from exposed wiring, leaking pipes and flammable chemicals due to poor training in electrical safety or an employer failing to provide proper safety equipment
- Repetitive motion injuries, fatigue and heat stroke caused by working in extreme heat or cold, which can all lead to brain and heart damage
- Building and trench collapses, which can trap and crush workers
Fighting Back Against Negligence
Negligent behavior, whether by a contractor, a construction site supervisor, a landowner, design and engineering professionals or equipment and material suppliers, can lead to severe on-site injuries. There are a lot of factors to consider in most construction accidents, and finding out who is responsible for your injuries or the death of your loved one could be quite a long and complex process.
We will immediately get to work investigating the details of your accident to help you evaluate your options for negotiating a settlement or asserting your rights at trial for compensation such as:
- Medical bills and treatment
- Money lost through missed work or spent on hospital trips
- Costs to adapt your home or vehicle after an accident left you disabled
- Pain and suffering directly related to the accident
- Lost earnings
- Punitive damages meant to deter your employer or other parties from engaging in similar hazardous behavior
When pursuing an accident claim, it is important to keep accurate records to support your case. You must report the injury to your supervisor or employer in writing as soon as possible. Keep a copy of every document and record that might be related to your injury, including medical records. An accurate accounting will help you maximize your recovery.
Act Quickly To Maximize Your Claim
In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for construction accidents is three years from the date the injury occurred. However, if you are pursuing a claim against a city, a county or the state, you have 90 days to file a formal claim or one year to file a lawsuit against the entity.