Workers in the construction industry know that certain risks are inherent in their jobs. Working from heights and in trenches, handling heavy equipment and machinery with moving parts, lifting heavy loads, and facing the possibility of contact with power lines, construction workers take risks every day.
If you have been injured in a New York City construction accident it is important to know your rights and your legal options.
Our experienced accident attorneys at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. help injured construction workers obtain the benefits and compensation they are entitled to receive. We offer a free case evaluation with no obligation to our prospective clients.
Under federal workplace safety standards, workers have a legal right to a healthful and safe workplace. Employers have a legal obligation to protect workers from hazards on the job. New York labor law makes similar requirements. Federal safety standards, administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), require employers to:
You also have a right to talk with the OSHA inspector privately, go along on the inspection, and meet with the inspector and your employer before or after the inspection. Your employer is not allowed to retaliate or discriminate against you for exercising these rights!
These funds will cover your medical expenses and reimburse you for a portion of the wages you have lost because of your injuries. Although workers’ compensation benefits are helpful to injured workers and their families, they may not be enough to cover all expenses and losses after a serious injury.
That restriction does not apply to parties other than their employers who may have contributed to the accident and may be responsible for their injuries.
When workers are injured on construction jobsites, possible “third parties” other than employers may include:
The law is intended to protect workers from deaths and injuries due to gravity-related accidents including injuries caused by dropped objects or tools. It provides special legal rights to workers injured in scaffolding accidents.
At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we have extensive experience with construction site accidents and New York labor law. Our attorneys can investigate your accident, determine who was responsible for your injuries, and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
In a third-party lawsuit, you may be entitled to claim damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and more. Our lawyers have handled a range of construction accident cases and we have recovered multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Our attorneys have been listed in Super Lawyers® and awarded membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. When you work with our firm, you pay us nothing up front. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid until we win your case for you. Contact our office to schedule your free case evaluation.