Queens Construction Accidents

Construction in New York City feels constant, but if proper precautions are not taken or labor laws are ignored, it can result in truly devastating injuries – even fatalities. One of the boroughs that sees a lot of new and ongoing construction is Queens. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident at a construction site in Queens, we recommend speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Queens about your options.

New York’s Labor Laws make the owner and general contractor responsible for providing a safe construction site. In most circumstances, you will have access to workers’ compensation benefits, but you may have other options to maximize the compensation you’ll need to deal with your injury or loss. You may have the right to file a third-party liability lawsuit and pursue additional compensation.

For an analysis of your case, or to schedule a free initial consultation, call Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C at 212-490-5700, or reach out online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation with a Queens construction accident lawyer.

Common Construction Accidents in Queens, NY

We offer experienced and skilled representation for the following construction accidents:

No matter what type of construction site accident caused you harm, we want to hear from you. We are prepared to thoroughly investigate the incident, determine what went wrong, and identify who was responsible. Schedule a free initial consultation with our Queens construction accident attorneys by calling 212-490-5700 today.

NYC Construction Accident Stats

Construction accidents in Queens and New York City’s other boroughs are far too common. In 2017, 20 construction workers were killed in the city, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The New York City Department of Board found 12 construction fatalities were related to a construction code violation. The BLS reported New York City had more work-related deaths in construction than any other industry.

In addition to New York City’s construction-related deaths, worker injuries rose. In 2018, 761 construction workers suffered injuries. This was a 13% increase from 2017.

Common Queens Construction Site Injuries

We represent construction workers suffering from all types of occupational injuries and diseases:

Whether your doctors expect you to make a full recovery and return to work, or you are suffering from a catastrophic injury that hinders your ability to provide for yourself and your family, we are here to help. We have represented injured construction workers dealing with all manner of injuries.

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Labor Laws That Apply to Construction in Queens

In New York, the owner and general contractor are legally responsible for protecting workers at construction sites. The state has several laws in place to protect workers from unsafe job sites:

  • Labor Law 200 creates an employers’ general duty to protect their employees’ health and safety. Businesses must provide “reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health, and safety of all persons” they employ.
  • Labor Law 240 creates special protections for workers who suffer gravity-related mishaps and injuries, such as falls from scaffolding, ladders, falling objects, ledges, and floor openings.
  • Labor Law 241 provides more detailed regulations on what employers must do to protect their employers’ health and safety on construction, demolition, and excavation sites, including the specific equipment employers must provide.

A Queens construction accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate the incident that led to your injuries to determine if there is evidence of one or more labor law violations. Under workers’ compensation laws, you typically cannot sue your employer when you receive workers’ comp benefits.

However, when other parties are involved, such as property owners and general contractors, labor law violations can be used to pursue additional compensation through a third-party lawsuit.

Who is Liable for a Construction Accident?

When you are injured in a construction accident, it is crucial to understand what happened and who was responsible. Fault typically does not matter for a workers’ compensation claim. No matter who was at fault, you can usually apply for and receive benefits, though there are exceptions. For example, your employer may fight a workers’ comp claim if there is evidence that your own recklessness or intentional misconduct caused your injury.

Identifying who is at fault is essential in determining whether you have a third-party liability claim as well. Many parties outside of your employer may be involved in a Queens construction accident. When one of these parties is fully or partly at fault for your injuries, then a personal injury lawyer can guide you in pursuing compensation.

Other parties who may be liable for your construction-related injuries include:

  • General Contractors
  • Property Owners
  • Independent Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Vendors
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Motorists

Workers’ Compensation Claims

Under New York law, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. This coverage is intended to provide medical and lost earnings benefits to workers injured on the job or who are diagnosed with a work-related medical condition.

Medical benefits encompass your reasonable and necessary medical care, including diagnostic tests and exams, treatments, prescriptions, follow-up appointments, and more. Where you must go to receive medical care for your work injuries can depend on the workers’ comp insurance coverage. If you are unsure of what medical expenses are covered, talk with your employer and a lawyer.

If you are unable you work for a time, you may also be entitled to lost earnings. Calculating these earnings can be complex, and it can become contentious. To ensure your benefits are calculated properly, you should hire an experienced attorney. A lawyer will carefully review the calculations for your average weekly wage as well as how your percentage of disability is determined.

Third-Party Liability Claims

If a thorough investigation determines a third-party is fully or partly at fault for your construction accident injuries, our lawyers may recommend pursuing compensation through a third-party liability lawsuit.

This is not the same thing as a workers’ comp claim. Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy that provides you with limited benefits. A third-party liability claim is a lawsuit against another party, which can provide you with compensation for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries.

Through a personal injury, premises liability, or product liability lawsuit, we will fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible for your:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages and Benefits
  • Physical Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Mental Anguish
  • Permanent Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Reduced Quality of Life
  • Reduced Earning Potential
  • Loss of Consortium

Fatal Construction Accidents in Queens

The loss of a relative is more than emotionally devastating. It can be incredibly hard to recover financially. Because of this, it is essential to talk with a lawyer about the possibility of third-party liability and compensation.

If a third party is responsible for your relative’s death, a Queens construction accident lawyer can represent you in a New York wrongful death claim. We will fight for you to receive full and fair 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

Call Our Queens Construction Accident Lawyers

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. has decades of experience and recovered millions of dollars in a wide range of construction accident injury and fatality claims. We understand that no two construction accidents in Queens are the same, which is why we take great care in investigating and analyzing each case.

We will never treat your claim as if a one-size-fits-all solution will solve it. We will work closely with you to develop a strategy appropriate to your circumstances and priorities. In this way, we are best suited to pursue the maximum compensation available.

To discuss your options after a construction accident in Queens, contact us online or call 212-490-5700 to schedule a free consultation. Our construction accident attorneys also assist clients injured on construction sites throughout New York City, including the Bronx and Brooklyn.



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