Staten Island Construction Accident Lawyers
At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP, we understand how detrimental a construction accident can be to your career, your ability to support yourself, and your physical well-being. We have a track record of winning multi-million dollar settlements for construction workers in New York—and we will work hard to seek the best results for you.
One of our Staten Island construction accident lawyers can investigate the details of your accident, use evidence to prove your damages, and represent you in court if necessary.
We Do Not Require Upfront Fees for Handling Your Case
Payment for our services is contingent on your case’s success. That means that you don’t have to pay us any money upfront. We get paid out of the compensation or court award we get on your behalf.
Many people are hesitant to hire lawyers because they are afraid of the cost implications. However, we take that burden off your shoulders and advance the expenses associated with building your case.
Your Legal Options After a Construction Accident
Many injured construction workers will first seek compensation through workers’ compensation claims. However, there are limits to these benefits—and in many cases, this is only one avenue of seeking damages.
While you cannot sue your employer in New York, we will determine whether you can pursue a third-party injury case against a negligent party.
Aside from your employer, there are other parties who could be held responsible for your injury, including:
- The general contractor on the job
- The owner of the premises where the construction work happened
- Other contractors who created a dangerous worksite condition
If we can link a negligent party’s actions (or inactions) to your injury, our lawyers will pursue damages from those parties. At the same time, you may have a worker’s compensation claim which will be proceeding along with your personal injury lawsuit.
Recovering Damages After a Construction Accident
Most construction workers in New York have workers’ compensation insurance. This provides coverage for your medical expenses, some of your lost income, and other benefits.
If you were injured because of another party’s actions, you can recover additional types of damages in a personal injury claim such as:
- Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
- Unpaid lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Past and future medical costs
- Loss of pension benefits
A construction accident lawyer from our team will work to maximize your recovery and prove that other parties were negligent—and are therefore responsible for your damages.
You Can Seek Damages If You Lost a Loved One to a Construction Accident
You can recover several types of compensation if you lost a loved one in a construction accident.
We will help you seek wrongful death damages for:
- Pain and suffering experienced by your loved one before their passing
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Loss of guidance and companionship
Our team can provide compassionate representation and help you understand your options.
How Our Attorneys Get to Work for Your Injury Case
We will start by investigating the circumstances of your accident and, from there, we will determine if we can file a third-party injury case based on negligence.
Some of the legal services we may perform include:
- Managing communications with the involved parties and their legal representatives
- Investigating the circumstances of your accident by visiting your worksite
- Consulting and/or hiring experts in construction site safety
- Collecting evidence that supports your claim
- Interviewing witnesses
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Advocating for your legal rights
- Filing a lawsuit on your behalf
- Preparing your case for trial
We will provide legal services that meet your case’s obligations. As such, this is not an exhaustive list.
New York’s Statute of Limitations for Construction Accidents
New York limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit following a construction accident. Per CVP § 214, you generally have three years after the injury to file. Every case is unique and your filing deadline may be shorter, giving you more or less time to act.
If you fail to file within that time limit, you may be unable to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. Our construction accident team in Staten Island can explain in more detail how New York’s statute of limitations applies to your situation.
Injuries that Result from Construction Accidents
There are a wide variety of injuries that may be suffered in a construction accident:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Burns resulting from electrocutions, shocks, explosions, and fires
- Deafness and other hearing loss issues due to lack of ear protection
- Deep cuts and lacerations from tools, machinery, and nails
- Finger, limb, and toe amputations
- Spinal injuries
- Paralysis and quadriplegia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
What Should I Do After Being Injured on a Construction Site in Richmond County?
After getting hurt on a construction site, we recommend the following measures:
Visit a Healthcare Professional
If you have not already sought medical attention after an accident on the job, you should consider doing so as soon as possible. Hidden injuries, like internal bleeding or organ damage, will not show symptoms immediately after the accident. Additionally, immediate medical attention will help your lawyer prove your injury claims.
Follow Through with Your Prescribed Treatment Plan
The idea of going to physical therapy and “taking it easy” may not appeal to you. However, it’s imperative to follow your prescribed course of treatment.
This will prevent the insurance company from arguing that you neglected your health and made your injuries worse.
Notify Your Employer as Soon as Possible
The New York Workers’ Compensation Board notes that you should tell your employer, supervisor, boss, or foreperson about the accident as soon as possible. This will prevent them from arguing that your injury wasn’t work-related. An incident report filed by your employer as soon as possible after your accident will also support your claims.
Consider Partnering with Our NY Law Firm
No matter how minor your injuries may seem at first, we advise that you seek legal advice from the lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP immediately. We can guide you through the process of seeking compensation for your injuries, advise you on how to protect your case’s value, and more.
Hazards in Construction Sites that Lead to Injury Accidents
To keep construction zones safe throughout Staten Island, site managers, and property owners must exhibit reasonable care. Failing to install safe and secure scaffolding, fall protection, construction fencing, sidewalk sheds, and signage creates unsafe construction sites.
Some hazards in Staten Island construction sites include:
Construction Scaffolding, Fall Protection & Fencing Problems
Construction scaffolding, fall protection devices, and fencing save lives. These safety measures create temporary barriers to section off dangerous areas and prevent electrocutions, falls, crashes, or other contact with hazards.
Proper scaffolding, fall protection, and fencing keep both construction workers and the general public out of harm’s way. When a site does not have fencing in place, disasters can occur.
Insufficient Safety Gear for Workers
When installing or repairing certain systems, workers must maneuver in tight spaces, lift heavy objects, and operate powerful machinery. Therefore, technicians should receive the proper gear and tools to complete their tasks safely.
Safety equipment such as helmets, gloves, harnesses, masks, and eye protection has been shown to be highly effective in keeping workers safe.
But if an employer fails to provide the correct equipment, accidents can occur. Without the correct gear, workers are at risk of suffering falls, sprains, burns, electrocutions, asbestos exposure, and gas-related injuries.
Missing or Poorly Constructed Sidewalk Sheds
Per NYC Buildings, construction sites must have sidewalk sheds installed when:
- Constructing a building more than 40 feet high
- Demolishing a building over 25 feet tall
- A construction site puts pedestrians in potential danger
If a construction company constructs a poor barrier or fails to install a sidewalk shed altogether, the risk of pedestrian injuries increases. Sidewalk sheds protect the general public from flying debris, and failing to install these barriers constitutes negligent behavior.
Faulty Mechanical Systems & Sprinklers
An employer or equipment manufacturer can be liable when a mechanical system fails at a construction site.
Construction workers rely on electrical systems to perform their work. Accidents occur when employers do not keep up with regular maintenance and allow workers to use defective equipment. Faulty mechanical systems can lead to severe injuries, including broken bones and paralysis.
In addition, with so much going on at a construction site, it’s crucial to have effective sprinkler systems. However, faulty sprinkler systems may fail to control fires, leading to severe injuries and extensive property damage.
Scaffolding allows construction workers to perform their jobs safely. These platforms support workers and their equipment while preventing debris from falling on nearby pedestrians or motor vehicles.
When construction site managers fail to install sturdy platforms, they increase the risk of scaffolding accidents. For example, scaffolds must include safety railings. When they do not have such safety measures, construction workers may slip and fall, causing severe injuries.
Construction managers must place signs around work areas. The signage alerts workers, pedestrians, and nearby motorists to practice caution while navigating the area. Failing to place adequate signage leads to construction accidents in Staten Island.
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP Today for a Free Case Review
Our team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP understands what it takes to prove negligence in construction accident cases. Seeking fair compensation on your behalf, whether from a company or their insurance company, is our attorneys’ top priority.
We are ready to get started on your case today. During your free case review, our Staten Island construction accident lawyers will discuss your accident, your injuries, and how the injuries have affected your daily life. Call us at (646) 692-0204 or fill out our online contact form to begin.
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