Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction is considered one of the riskiest occupations in the United States that requires workers to take extra safety precautions when carrying out the duties of their job. When contractors fail to follow federal and New York state safety regulations and programs, construction workers are put in even more danger. Every year thousands of laborers are injured due to the negligence of construction companies. Attorney Andrew DeLuca is dedicated to fighting for the compensation that injured workers deserve.
What Should You Do After a Construction Site Accident?
In order to best preserve your legal rights and evidence, you should take the following steps after a construction site injury:
Seek medical attention – Your health is the most important thing. Seek treatment for your injuries and if you don’t feel comfortable with the company doctor, get a second opinion.
Report the injury to your employer – Workplace injuries must be reported in a timely manner. Keep the company updated with the status of your injury.
Complete and file a workers’ compensation claim form – Your employer is required to create a report of the incident. You have a right to a physical copy of the report and should obtain one for your records.
Obtain the names and contact information of all potential witnesses – If any coworkers or other parties witnessed the accident, take down their names and information. You and your attorney may need to reference their account of the events.
Keep a written account – Write out the sequence of events while they are still fresh in your mind. This will help keep your statements consistent. It’s also important to document any changes in health as a result of the injury.
Take photos – Take photos of the scene of the accident, tools or equipment involved and of your injury.
Contact experienced New York construction accident lawyer Andrew DeLuca at 518-245-9109
Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries in New York
Injured construction workers may be eligible to pursue the following claims:
Workers Compensation: New York workers’ compensation law entitles construction workers injured on the job to financial benefits. The formula that is used to calculate the maximum benefit paid per week to an employee who is unable to work for more than 7 days straight due to their on the job injury is: 2/3 x Average Weekly Wage x % of Disability.
Personal Injury: If your construction injury occurred due to the negligence of a third party (such as a contractor, architect, engineer, or equipment manufacturer), a personal injury lawsuit can be filed for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost earnings, and other losses.
Product Liability: If a construction accident happened due to a defective product, a products liability claim can be filed. The claim must establish that the product was dangerous before it left the equipment manufacturer and that there wasn’t a warning of the risk presented by the product.
Wrongful Death: In the case that a construction injury leads to death, the family of the victim can file a wrongful death claim for financial compensation. This includes but not limited to lost wages, benefits of the victim, lost inheritance and pain and suffering endured by the deceased.
It’s important to note that undocumented immigrants who have been injured on a construction site are entitled to recover compensation for construction accident injuries. Do not let an employer intimidate you with threats of deportation. Speak with a construction site accident lawyer to learn your rights and explore your options.
Four Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Falls: Injuries due to unsafe scaffolding, roofs, ladders, unprotected openings, unguarded exposed steel rebars, etc
Struck by: Injuries due to falling objects such as tools, debris and building materials. Stuck by accidents involving trucks or cranes.
Electrocution: Due to contact with power lines, faulty wiring, improper ground fault protection and other electrical issues
Caught in Between: Injuries that occurred due to being caught-in or compression by equipment or trenches, buildings, etc.
As is the case in most personal injury cases, construction accident lawsuits are usually more successful when the legal process is started immediately. Work injury attorney Andrew DeLuca will help your begin the process as soon as possible by collecting/preserving evidence and analyzing the best path forward for your case.
Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney
New York accident lawyer Andrew DeLuca has helped injured workers get the compensation they deserve. The Law Office of Andrew DeLuca represents clients in the greater Capital District of New York including Albany, Latham, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Fulton County, Montgomery County and the surrounding Upstate New York area. Call Andrew today at 518-245-9109 or fill out the form below for a free case evaluation.