Brooklyn Construction Accidents

New York City is constantly expanding, evolving, and renovating. Old buildings in Brooklyn come down to make room for new retail space, restaurants, and homes. This requires long hours and physical sacrifice from thousands of construction workers. If you are one of the many workers building and renewing the borough, you can be proud of your accomplishments. Unfortunately, your pride may take a back seat to your frustration and anger if you are injured in a construction accident. To address this situation promptly, efficiently, and aggressively, you need to contact a Brooklyn construction accident lawyer.

You can reach us at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. online or call 212-490-5700 to schedule a free consultation. Our Brooklyn injury lawyers are here to fight for you and to pursue full and fair compensation for your construction injuries.

Common Brooklyn Construction Accidents

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., is here to help if you are suffering after a:

  • Scaffold Accident
  • Ladder Accident
  • Dangerous Equipment
  • Defective Tool
  • Saw Accident
  • Falling Object
  • Explosion or Fire
  • Electric Shock
  • Forklift Accident
  • Tractor Accident
  • Transportation Accident
  • Trench Collapse
  • Slip or Trip and Fall

Do not hesitate to call us to discuss your options after a harmful or fatal construction accident. 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. In many cases, whether you are an injured construction worker or a surviving family member, you have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.

Depending on the circumstances, we may also identify a liable party. You may be able to sue for additional compensation after one of these or another type of construction accident.

New York City Construction is a Dangerous Industry

Construction work is vital to New York City. Brooklyn and the other boroughs could never be what they are today without the daily efforts of construction workers. Unfortunately, as one of those workers, you face constant risks and unnecessary hazards whenever you clock in.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 construction workers were killed in New York City in 2017. Seven individuals died from accidents at a residential building, and three workers died because of accidents on commercial construction projects.

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) tracks fatalities related to a construction code violation. In 2017, the DOB recorded 12 construction industry fatalities.

As for construction-related injuries, the figures have increased. In 2018, 761 individuals suffered construction work injuries, which was a 13% increase from the year before.

Are You Recovering From a Construction Injury?

A Brooklyn construction accident attorney can help you pursue compensation if you were injured at work and have been diagnosed with:

  • Simple or Complex Broken Bones
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Disfiguring Lacerations and Abrasions
  • Open or Closed Head Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neck Injuries
  • Herniated Discs or Other Back Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis
  • Crush Injury
  • Dislocation
  • Digit or Limb Amputation
  • Vision Loss
  • Hearing Loss
  • Burns
  • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is highly experienced in addressing construction accidents and injuries. We have worked on cases involving all types and severity of injuries, including catastrophic injuries that have left construction workers disabled and unable to return to work.

Whatever your circumstances, we will work closely with you, your doctors, and expert witnesses to demonstrate your injuries and the negative impact they have had on your life. This enables us to fight for the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

Causes of Brooklyn Construction Accidents

Construction worker injuries are all too common in this borough. This is in part because it is a physically demanding industry. While there will always be risks associated with such physical work, construction injuries also happen because of employer negligence.

Construction employers may not adequately train, supervise, or equip their employees. All of these issues alone significantly increase the risk of an accident at a construction site. If an employer is guilty of these types of negligent and others, the effect is compounded, and it is highly likely that someone will get hurt.

Another common issue is individually negligent construction workers. A strong team is put at risk on a construction site if one person fails to abide by safety regulations and best practices. One careless or reckless co-worker can lead to devastating accidents.

Additionally, we often handle claims arising from third-party negligence. Many construction accidents and injuries are caused by individuals and businesses separate from the injured workers’ employer. Independent contractors, subcontractors, property owners, engineers, architects, vendors, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and motorists, can cause construction workers harm.

You may not know what went wrong in the days, hours, or minutes leading up to your construction accident. To find out what happened and whether a third party is responsible, call a Brooklyn construction accident lawyer as soon as you can.

An attorney will thoroughly investigate the underlying cause of the accident and explain your legal options, including whether you can pursue workers’ comp benefits or compensation through a third-party liability lawsuit.

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New York Labor Laws Protect Brooklyn Construction Workers

When you are a construction worker in New York, several laws govern workplace safety. Labor Laws 200, 240, and 241 all protect you in some way from unsafe and dangerous working conditions. Under these sections, the general contractor and/or property owner are responsible for maintaining a safe worksite.

  • Labor Law 200 states your employer is responsible for protecting your health and safety. Your employer must provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health, and safety of all the people they employ.
  • Labor Law 240 creates special protections for workers who are injured from gravity-related mishaps, including falls from ladders, scaffolding, ledges, and floor openings.
  • Labor Law 241 provides further details on what employers are required to do to protect your health and safety at a construction, demolition, or excavation site.

We are experienced at determining whether there was a labor law violation in connection with your construction accident. However, the only way to find out is to work with a lawyer who will thoroughly investigate the construction accident and gather evidence regarding what went wrong.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

New York requires most employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. This means if you are injured while working or you develop a serious medical condition because of your construction work, then you usually have the right to file a workers’ comp claim and pursue benefits.

After suffering a construction injury in Brooklyn or being diagnosed with an occupational disease, you should talk with a lawyer about pursuing these benefits. Workers’ comp includes payment for all of your reasonable and necessary medical care, including exams, diagnostic tests, procedures, and medications.

Workers’ comp benefits can also include cash benefits. If you are disabled and unable to work for at least seven days, then you may begin to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wages multiplied by the percentage of your disability for a period of time. If you are to receive cash benefits, it is vital to have your own lawyer. You want to be confident that this calculation is done correctly and that you receive the maximum amount possible while you are unable to work.

Third-Party Liability Compensation

If you were injured in a Brooklyn construction accident, you may have the right to file a third-party liability lawsuit against the at-fault individual or business. At first glance, you may wonder why you would want to file an additional lawsuit when you have workers’ compensation insurance. That is because you can obtain additional compensation through a third-party claim that you cannot get through workers’ comp coverage.

Workers’ compensation covers your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. Compensation through a third-party personal injury claim covers a wider range of damages, including:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages and Benefits
  • Physical Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress and Mental Anguish
  • Past & Future Medical Expenses
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Reduced Quality of Life
  • Reduced Earning Capacity
  • Loss of Consortium

When you are dealing with a severe injury that will keep you out of work for months, forces you to seek out a new type of employment, or has left you unable to work, it is imperative to fight for every cent of compensation you are entitled to under the law. You may need this compensation to provide for yourself and your family.

Fatal Construction Accidents in Brooklyn

Was your spouse, parent, or child killed in a construction accident in Brooklyn? Call us immediately to discuss your rights. Surviving spouses and minor children can receive workers’ compensation benefits, including funeral expenses and cash benefits. By working with Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., you can be confident that you receive the full amount of workers’ comp benefits you are entitled to under the law.

You also may have the right to sue a third party for your loved one’s death in a construction accident and obtain additional compensation through a New York wrongful death claim.

Call a Brooklyn Construction Accident Lawyer

The aftermath of a construction accident is often confusing, frightening, and stressful. When you are suffering from unexpected injuries or dealing with the loss of a spouse, you will suddenly have to figure out how to navigate the workers’ compensation claim process. You also have to figure out whether you can file a lawsuit, and if so, against who. 

By partnering with an experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyer at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., you’ll have someone fully aware of your rights leading the way. We are ready to fight for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible, and we are proud to be able to say we have a track record of success in construction accident claims.

To schedule your free, initial consultation with us, call 212-490-5700, or submit your information online.


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