Were you hurt while working construction in the Bronx? Construction businesses and contractors are responsible for keeping you safe. Talk with a lawyer about your rights when they don’t.

Our Bronx construction accident lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. are here to help. We have years of experience successfully handling construction claims involving workers’ compensation and lawsuits.

Your first appointment is free and comes with no obligations. Reach out online or call (212) 490-5700.

We Hold Contractors & Site Owners Responsible for Accidents

Property owners and construction businesses are required by law to keep workers safe. They must provide you with a safe environment and proper gear and construction equipment.

Too many construction businesses fail to keep workers safe and instead have accidents. If you were injured on the job, talk with us about filing a workers’ comp claim for benefits. We’ll also explain third-party liability lawsuits. If someone other than your employer was at fault, you might have another way to demand compensation.

We Investigate Construction Accidents in the Bronx

Construction is a dangerous job, but that’s no excuse for workplace accidents. One of our Bronx construction accident lawyers will investigate the cause of the incident by gathering evidence.

We’ve tackled cases involving:

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We Uncover Labor Law Violations

New York has numerous labor laws that businesses have to follow, including laws geared toward the construction industry. As we gather evidence in your case, we look for any proof of a violation of New York labor laws or OSHA health and safety regulations. We’ll also look into whether the liable party has a history of violations.

Important New York labor laws include:

  • Labor Law Section 200: General Duty to Protect: Employers have a general duty to protect their employees’ health and safety. They must provide “reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health, and safety of all persons” they employ.
  • Labor Law Section 240: NYC Scaffolding Law: There are special protections for workers who suffer gravity-related incidents, including falls from scaffolding, ladders, falling objects, ledges, and floor openings.
  • Labor Law Section 241: Additional Employer Duties: There are more detailed regulations on what employers have to do to protect their employers’ health and safety on construction, demolition, and excavation sites. This includes the specific equipment employers have to provide.

We Find Out Who is Liable for Your Injuries

When you’re hurt at work and ask for workers’ comp benefits, fault doesn’t matter. It’s a no-fault insurance policy. You’ll usually receive benefits unless your employer claims your recklessness or intentional misconduct caused your injuries.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find out what happened and why. If someone other than your employer was responsible, you might have a third-party liability claim. This is a lawsuit in addition to your workers’ comp.

Possible liable parties for construction accidents include:

  • General contractors
  • Property owners
  • Independent contractors
  • Sub-contractors
  • Vendors
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Motorists

Don’t ignore the possibility of more compensation for construction accident injuries. Talk with a Bronx lawyer about third-party liability claims.

We Lower Your Stress While You Heal from Construction Injuries

We know you’re going through a lot right now. Your focus needs to be on recovering from your injuries.

Common construction accident injuries include:

We take on the busy work for your case while you deal with the doctor’s appointments, pain management, and rehabilitation. We’ll communicate with your employer and the workers’ comp insurance provider. We’ll double-check that you receive the correct benefits as soon as possible.

After our investigation, we’ll recommend whether to file a third-party liability lawsuit. If you have the right to sue, we’ll handle each step of the process. We file the paperwork, communicate with the other parties, and appear in court.

Throughout this process, our priority is reducing your stress.

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We Get You the Most from Your Workers’ Comp Claim

As a worker in the construction industry, workers’ comp most likely covers your injuries. Most New York employers have to provide workers’ comp insurance to their employees. Through this insurance policy, you can receive medical and lost earning benefits if you’re hurt at work or diagnosed with a work-related medical condition.

You might wonder why you need a lawyer. Some employers and insurance providers try to deny valid claims. They may try to deny particular medical care or calculate your benefits wrong. If you run into any trouble getting the benefits you deserve, call our Bronx construction accident lawyers right away.

Medical Benefits

Workers’ compensation medical benefits cover all reasonable and necessary medical expenses, including:

  • Diagnostic Tests and Exams
  • Treatments
  • Procedures
  • Prescriptions
  • Follow-up Appointments
  • Rehabilitation

Do you have questions about where to go for medical care or what’s covered? Talk with your employer and then a lawyer. We’ll make sure you get the care you deserve, and the insurance pays the bills.

Lost Wage Benefits

You get lost earnings benefits if your injuries take you away from work for over 14 days. But calculating these benefits can be complicated. Sometimes, it turns into an argument. We recommend talking with a construction accident attorney to understand how these benefits are calculated and confirm you’re getting what you deserve.

Lost earning benefits are calculated as 2/3 x Average Weekly Wage (AWW) x Percentage of Disability. There is a maximum amount that applies to how much you can get.

Your employer or workers’ comp insurer has to calculate your AWW. It’s based on your gross earnings, including overtime pay, for the 52 weeks before your injury. If you’ve been full-time the whole year, it could be a straightforward calculation. But if you’re newer to this company or work an odd schedule, finding your AWW can be difficult. We’ll make sure your employer gets it right.

Your doctor or an independent medical examiner determines your degree of disability, which could be:

  • Total (100%)
  • Marked (75%)
  • Moderate (50%)
  • Mild (25%)

Anything less than 100% is called partial disability.

If you disagree with your disability assessment or have two conflicting assessments, we recommend giving us a call. We’ll look out for your best interests.

We Can Represent You in a Third-Party Liability Lawsuit

Third-Party Claims Are Different from Workers’ Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation is an insurance claim that offers limited benefits. It won’t cover all your expenses or lost wages, and it doesn’t pay for pain and suffering. A third-party liability claim is a lawsuit against another person or business. You can demand compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages.

Types of Third-Party Claims

Third-party claims can be different kinds of civil lawsuits. The basis for the lawsuit differs depending on what caused the accident and who is liable. Common third-party lawsuits are based on personal injury, premises liability, and product liability law.

After we investigate your case and find out who’s liable, we’ll explain the law that allows you to sue. For example, if you were hurt because of defective construction machinery, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.

Third-Party Liability Compensation

During a third-party liability lawsuit, we’ll fight for you to receive maximum compensation for:

We Help Surviving Relatives After Fatal Construction Accidents in the Bronx

Construction accidents can be deadly. If you lost a spouse, parent, or child, talk with us about your rights and legal options. You might have a right to worker’s comp benefits or wrongful death compensation.

Workers’ Comp Death Benefits

You may be eligible for death benefits if you’re a surviving spouse, minor child, disabled adult child, or child under 23 years in college of the deceased construction worker. Talk with us as soon as possible if you’re not sure you’re eligible. If your loved one didn’t leave behind a spouse or children, other relatives might receive the compensation.

Workers’ comp pays two-thirds of the worker’s AWW and divides that amount among the survivors. There are minimum and maximum amounts that apply. If you paid burial or funeral expenses, workers’ comp reimburses you up to $6,000.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

You should find out who caused your loved one’s death. If it’s a third party, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in New York. Our lawyers will fight for you to receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Other expenses
  • Loss of future income and benefits
  • The decedent’s pain and suffering
  • Loss of love, society, and companionship

Contact Our Bronx Construction Accident Lawyers Today

Our attorneys at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. have recovered millions of dollars in construction accident claims. We know every construction accident case is different. What you need right now is different from what another injury victim needs. We’ll investigate and craft a unique strategy to win you and your family maximum compensation.

To learn more about your rights and our process, use the online form or call (212) 490-5700. It’s free to talk with a Bronx construction accident lawyer.

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“I retained Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek for a serious personal injury case. They were very professional and managed to obtain a settlement for me that far exceeded my expectations. I would strongly recommend this firm for anyone’s legal needs.”

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