Explore Your Personal Injury Options When Hurt On A Construction Site
Construction sites continue to be one of the most dangerous places to work. If you suffer a workplace injury on a construction site, your first thought may be to file a workers’ compensation claim. Those benefits cover some of your medical costs and lost wages, but often fall short of covering the full cost of your injury. In New York, you cannot sue your boss for a personal injury claim.
You may have other options, however, and a skilled personal injury attorney can help you find them. You could have a personal injury claim if a third-party somehow contributed to your injury. The attorneys at StolzenbergCortelli, LLP, have over 45 years of combined legal experience. They can help you determine if your accident involved third-party negligence. We serve our personal injury clients from three convenient locations in White Plains, Brooklyn and Nyack.
What Is Third-Party Negligence?
Third-party negligence simply means that someone other than you and your employer caused the accident that injured you at work. This can happen in many different ways at a construction site, between property owners, equipment manufacturers and all the different subcontractors doing different parts of the work. A few examples of possible scenarios include:
- Faulty safety equipment — If your company relies on safety equipment, as most construction companies do, a flaw in that equipment can lead to catastrophic results.
- Electrical hazards — Electric shock is very common on job sites. If a subcontractor leaves an exposed wire or improperly grounds an outlet, you could be at risk.
- Inadequate railings — Falls cause many construction site injuries and if your scaffolding or other equipment lacks proper railings and other safety measures, you could end up with severe injuries.
Unfortunately, job sites have hidden dangers everywhere, from malfunctioning nail guns to falling objects. Negligent actions by others increase the risk of injury at an already-dangerous job.
Severe injuries can cause financial hardship when medical bills start piling up and you can’t return to work. Your damages for a third-party construction lawsuit may include lost wages, medical care, pain and suffering, and emotional distress that your workers’ comp benefits don’t cover. We will help you pursue everything you are entitled to.
Discuss Your Injury With Us
We are here to help. Contact us online or call 800-494-0889 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your accident. We can review your claim to help you determine the best course of action for your situation.