New York City Construction Accident Lawyers

New York City Construction Site Accident Attorneys

Construction is one of the most vital industries in New York City and across Long Island, but construction work remains an extremely dangerous profession. Although there are many workplace safety regulations intended to protect the health and safety of construction workers, all too often these regulations are ignored to save time or money. When this happens, it is often construction workers who pay the price, suffering injuries they could have avoided if only proper precautions were taken.

The dedicated New York construction site accident lawyers at Zlotolow & Associates have more than 20 years of experience successfully handling injuries arising from construction accidents. We can help you demand full and fair compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages and expenses. Our attorneys will work with you to evaluate your case and create a litigation strategy that best suits your needs and protects your interests.

Contact Zlotolow & Associates in New York City today to schedule a free consultation. Don’t wait to learn about your legal rights to compensation. Put our aggressive team to work on your construction injury claim now.

Regulations Are in Place to Protect You After a Construction Accident

Construction is one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States. From U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to New York Labor Law, state personal injury law, workers’ compensation programs, and more, policies are in place to prevent accidents and to help people when injuries do occur.

Those in charge of construction sites and construction workers have a duty to understand and follow safety regulations and protocols. Construction site injuries occur in part because of the work’s inherent danger but also because those involved cut corners to save money.

The federal law that established OSHA also establishes that all workers are entitled to a safe workplace. Employers must ensure that the workplace is free from serious recognized hazards and complies with detailed standards, rules, and regulations issued under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In the construction industry, employers are also required to ensure workers are equipped with safe tools and safety equipment, and are trained to avoid accidents and injuries.

New York Labor Law also provides special protections for construction workers who suffer from fall-related injuries. Often called the Scaffold Law, these regulations protect those who perform work necessary or incidental to the erection or repair of a building and who do so at high elevations (on a scaffold or on ladders on tall structures).

Unfortunately, you must know and understand the law to make it work in your favor. And you cannot count on those who may have violated the law and caused an accident to advise you truthfully about what compensation you are entitled to.

At Zlotolow & Associates, we have seen lives destroyed by negligence that has led to serious construction accident injuries. It happens to hardworking men and women who were only trying to provide for their families. It happens to innocent people who were just passing by a construction site at the wrong time.

Our legal team investigates construction site accidents to identify who is responsible for the harm done, and we fight aggressively for maximum compensation.

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Undocumented Workers at Construction Sites

It is important to understand that undocumented workers and other undocumented residents have the same rights to compensation as U.S. citizens. However, many are scared to report injuries on the job for fear of being deported.

Do not let a negligent contractor or construction site manager take advantage of you. We can and will help if you have been injured.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Construction Site Accident?

Construction site injuries are often more complicated than other workplace accidents because so many different parties may be involved. Here are some important things you should know about these types of accidents:

When a construction worker is injured, he or she is likely eligible for workers’ compensation, regardless of who is at fault for the accident and subsequent injury. However, workers’ compensation is limited. It pays for all medical bills and a portion of lost wages. In cases of disability, disfigurement, or death, workers’ compensation pays specific monetary benefits to the worker or surviving family members.

Although workers’ compensation law prohibits legal claims against employers for payment beyond what worker’s comp insurance provides, a worker may pursue a personal injury claim against a third party. A third-party claim may seek additional money for medical costs and lost income, as well as payments for pain and suffering or other loss that workers’ compensation does not provide. A third-party claim in a construction site accident might seek restitution from:

  • Developers
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Service vendors
  • Manufacturers
  • Suppliers / vendors
  • Delivery / transport services
  • Other parties working onsite

New York Labor Law provides strict liability when a contractor or other party violates certain safety codes at a worksite and that violation results in injury. In such a case, the worker does not have to prove the defendant (contractor) was negligent or at fault — the violation is conclusive evidence of fault.

If a pedestrian, a passing driver, or another passerby is injured in a construction site accident, the owners of the site and/or contractors working onsite may be held liable if safety protocols were ignored and this negligence led to the accident.

The skilled construction site injury attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates will investigate your accident to identify all responsible parties, as well as to determine the cost of the injuries you have suffered. This will include future losses that can be anticipated due to disability or long-term recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my case take?

The amount of time it takes to resolve your case will depend on multiple factors. First, it is important that you take the time you need to heal. Once you reach maximum medical improvement, we will be able to estimate the extent of your damages. Second, you are the one who decides when you want to settle or go to court. Our attorneys will present you with every settlement offer and explain whether we feel you are owed more. We will negotiate aggressively and be prepared to take your claim before a judge and jury, if necessary. But a lawsuit does take time, and it is ultimately your decision on how you want to proceed.

What will my lawyer handle for me?

Our full-service personal injury law firm will handle all aspects of your claim, including communicating with the insurance company, filing your property damage claim, and keeping track of your medical records. We will also launch our own investigation into the cause of your accident to identify every possible source of compensation. And we will bring in medical experts and financial professionals to help evaluate your claim and determine what full and fair compensation should be.

What will I have to do for my personal injury case?

You need to stay focused on your health. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders and make it to all your appointments. Start a journal to document how your injury is affecting your everyday life, both physically and emotionally. And protect your privacy by taking a break from social media and not talking about your case.

Seeking Compensation for Your Losses in a Construction Accident

Depending on the circumstances of your construction site accident claim, we may be able to demand compensation for:

  • Your current medical bills
  • Future medical treatment or additional care you may need
  • Lost wages as you recover or if you cannot return to work you held before the accident
  • Money to repair or replace a damaged vehicle or other personal property
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages to punish extremely negligent parties responsible for your accident

Once we understand the full extent of your losses and who should be held responsible, we will file all possible personal injury claims in pursuit of maximum compensation. We will follow up by pressing insurers hard for full payment.

If you have not sufficiently recovered and are being pressured to return to work, we can step in as your legal representatives and keep you from being mistreated.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and learn how our team can help you and your family after a workplace accident.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

At Zlotolow & Associates, our New York construction site accident lawyers can help if you or a loved one has suffered significant injury on the job. We handle all types of construction site injuries and wrongful death actions, including:

  • Falls from roofs or heights
  • Ladder falls
  • Falling objects
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Wall or structure collapse
  • Crane accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Defective equipment or machinery
  • Failure to provide safety equipment or devices
  • Electrocution
  • Motor vehicle accidents at construction sites

The New York construction site accident lawyers and investigators at Zlotolow & Associates know the law and how to use it to protect you. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident and help you pursue full compensation for your injuries. We will help you navigate the complexities of your case, including negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum possible restitution for your injuries.

Contact Our Construction Site Accident Lawyers in New York

Contact Zlotolow & Associates now to schedule a free consultation about your construction site accident injury. In addition to helping clients with their personal injury cases in New York City, we also service The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, and Suffolk. Our personal injury law firm handles construction accident claims on behalf of people like you who need financial compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain, suffering, and more. If you believe a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a construction accident, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates by calling us toll-free at (866) 800 – 0092, or visit our contact page for a free consultation.

We do not charge legal fees unless and until we recover compensation for you. So contact us today to get started on your construction accident claim.

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