Bronx Construction Accidents

Construction is one of New York’s most dangerous – if not its most fatal — industries. Construction around the city has many benefits, including supporting the economy. However, in the rush to get work done quickly, and sometimes cheaply, the lives of workers and the public are put at risk. In 2017, the private construction industry in New York City had the highest number of workplace fatalities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to fatalities, many construction workers suffer minor, moderate, and serious injuries.

If you were recently hurt or a loved one was killed while working on a construction site in the Bronx, then it is time to call a Bronx construction accident attorney to discuss your rights and legal options. Depending on the circumstances, you may have the right to pursue benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. If you are not covered by workers’ comp insurance or someone from outside of your employer’s business was responsible, you may have a third-party liability claim. New York’s Labor Law puts the obligation to provide a safe place to work at a construction site on the owner and general contractor.

Our Bronx injury attorneys at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. will carefully review your circumstances and advise you on what we believe to be the next best steps. To begin this process, call us at 212-490-5700, or reach out online.

Common Construction Site Accidents

Our construction accident lawyers for the Bronx have represented workers after:

  • Scaffold Accidents
  • Ladder Accidents
  • Falls From Heights
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Falling Objects
  • Defective Tools
  • Saw Accidents
  • Explosions and Fires
  • Electric Shock and Electrocution
  • Forklift Accidents
  • Tractor Accidents
  • Transportation Accidents
  • Trench Collapse

Are You Suffering From a Construction Site Injury?

At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we handle claims involving all types of construction worker injuries. This includes workers who expect a full recovery from a broken bone, to workers with a catastrophic spinal cord injury who are now disabled.

Whatever the type and extent of your injuries, we are here to help. We will identify your legal rights and pursue appropriate benefits and compensation. One way we do this is by working with you, your medical providers, and when necessary – medical experts to highlight the impact your injuries have had on your current life and future.

The most common injuries construction workers suffer from include:

  • Bone Fractures
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neck and Back Injuries
  • Crush Injury
  • Amputation
  • Knee Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Burns
  • Eye Injuries and Vision Loss
  • Lacerations and Abrasions
  • Hearing Loss
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome/Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

New York Labor Laws

In New York, the owner and general contractor are responsible for protecting workers at a construction site. As a worker in New York, you are protected from unsafe work conditions and dangerous work sites under several labor laws, including :

  • Labor Law 200 – This law creates employers’ general duty to protect the health and safety of their employees. Businesses are required to provide “reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health, and safety of all persons” they employ.
  • Labor Law 240 – This law offers special protections for workers who suffer injuries from “gravity-related mishaps,” which can include falls from scaffolding, ladders, unprotected ledges, and floor openings as well as falling objects.
  • Labor Law 241 – This law details what owners and employers must do to protect their workers’ health and safety at construction, demolition, and excavation sites. This includes specific equipment that must be provided to workers.

You should speak with a Bronx construction accident attorney after you are hurt at work. A lawyer will carefully review the circumstances surrounding the incident to determine if one or more New York labor or construction laws were violated. If so, evidence of the violation can be used to obtain compensation.

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Are You Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

Most employers in New York are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for the benefit of their employees. If you are injured while working or you develop an occupational disease, you likely have the right to pursue workers’ comp benefits under this insurance policy.

You should talk with a construction accident lawyer as soon as possible to be sure you are on the path toward receiving the workers’ comp benefits you deserve under the law.

Under workers’ comp, you will receive medical benefits. The costs of your reasonable and necessary medical care will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Where you need to go for certain tests, exams, and treatment can depend on the coverage, and who the insurer or your employer has contracted with to provide those services.

You may be entitled to lost earnings under workers’ comp. A lawyer can ensure the lost earnings calculation is performed correctly, particularly in regard to making sure your average weekly wage is accurate, and that a physician correctly reports your level of disability. New York also has maximum weekly benefits, so your weekly cash benefits may be capped by law.

Is Someone Else Responsible?

One of the reasons it is essential to speak with a construction accident attorney in the Bronx after a work-related accident is because you may be entitled to compensation through a third-party liability claim – not only workers’ compensation benefits.

Even when your employer is responsible for your injuries, you can still pursue a claim against the owner, general contractor, and other contractors on site.

However, if someone from outside of your employer caused you harm, then you may have the right to pursue additional compensation.

Depending on who was negligent, you may be able to file a claim against:

  • Contractors, subcontractors, and vendors
  • Tenants of the building under construction
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Equipment, tool, and supply distributors
  • Property owners
  • Engineers
  • Architects

Through a third-party liability claim, you can pursue compensation for your:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Physical Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress and Mental Anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Reduced Earning Capacity
  • Reduced Quality of Life

A Bronx construction accident attorney will thoroughly investigate the accident that led to your injuries, gather and analyze all available evidence, and identify any and all liable parties. If an individual or business other than your employer is liable, we will help you pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Fatal Construction Accidents in the Bronx

If your parent, spouse, or child was killed in a construction site accident, you should contact us at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. You may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. Surviving spouses and minor children may receive weekly cash benefits and funeral expenses. More importantly, our attorneys will analyze the accident to determine if someone is responsible for their death.

If a third party was negligent or reckless and caused the fatal accident, then we can pursue a New York wrongful death claim against that party. We will strive to obtain you compensation for your economic losses, the loss of your relative’s love and companionship, and your grief and emotional distress.

Contact a Bronx Construction Accident Law Firm Today

Following a construction accident, you may be frustrated, angry, and in pain. Being out of work is a serious issue, particularly when your weekly benefits may not cover all of your expenses. It is important to determine if a third party was responsible for your accident, or if a New York labor law gives you the right to pursue additional compensation. This can help you and your family move forward. Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. wants to help after you are hurt or lose a loved one in a construction site incident.

To find out if we are the right team for your situation, request a free consultation by submitting your information online, or by calling 212-490-5700.


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