Every day we see more new buildings being built all over New York City. This recent increase in construction means that more accidents can be expected for workers, guests and nearby pedestrians. In 2022, there were more than 750 construction accidents reported in New York City. There are several basic types of construction accidents that can cause serious permanent injuries to victims:
- Slip & Fall
- Electrical Shock
- Hit by Falling Objects
- Crushed or caught in-between machinery
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Forklift and Crane accidents
- Fire and explosions
Determining Who is Responsible
The best NYC construction accident lawyers know how to thoroughly investigate these accidents to determine who is responsible and what legal claims can be made to collect compensation. Some of the parties that can be responsible include the architect of the project, the engineer or supervisor working at the site, a construction contractor or sub-contractor, the owner of the construction project or parties leasing large construction equipment.
Workers Compensation Limitations
New York workers compensation law limits most injured construction workers to collecting workers compensation benefits because they are legally prohibited from suing their employer. There are some exceptions to these restrictions, separate rights under Labor Law and suits against third parties that can be pursued to collect much more compensation than just workers compensation. That’s why it’s important to hire a Forest Hills accident injury lawyer with enough experience to know how to thoroughly investigate these claims.
Construction accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and permanent disability that can leave the families of injured workers in desperate straits if they are limited to only collecting workers compensation. That’s why it’s important to consult with a New York City construction accident lawyer that has experience with workers compensation exceptions, Labor Law and third-party claims. It is sad when workers only seek a workers compensation attorney and leave the possibility of collecting the true amount of compensation they deserve on the table. Wittenstein & Wittenstein is the Forest Hills accident injury attorney that leaves no stone unturned for construction accident clients. Call 718-261-8114 for a free consultation.