Injuries from construction site accidents can be devastating. Construction accidents can cause workers to lose the ability to work and provide for their families. Many workers think that workers compensation is the only available remedy for workplace injuries. However, workers hurt from construction accidents may be able to recover financially from many different sources.
Workers on Long Island can be injured at construction sites in many different ways. Scaffolding or ladder accidents are common. Falls from heights can cause head injuries, back injuries, or broken bones. In addition, machinery can fail, heavy objects can fall, dangerous holes can be left unmarked, or other debris can be negligently kept and cause injury. Further, electrocution or burns can result from improperly maintained electric lines. If a worker is hurt or injured at work, after obtaining any necessary and immediate medical treatment, it’s important to contact a lawyer to discuss rights. Many lawsuits have strict timelines for filing. Claims for pain and suffering or damages for being unable to work, may be lost forever if the injury claim is not filed within certain time frames.
Workers compensation is usually the first, and some cases, the only, option for workers hurt at work. However, some employees may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages sustained from workplace accidents. In New York, the Labor Law Sections 240(1) and 240(6) (a/k/a the Scaffold Law) allows workers to sue contractors or property owners for injuries sustained from falling from scaffolding, ladders, or other elevated heights. Injured workers may be entitled to payment for pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Additionally, workers may sue third-parties for injuries caused by the negligence of someone other than the worker’s employer.
Damages from construction accidents can be significant. A construction accident lawyer may be able to help victims obtain pain and suffering damages, lost wages, lost future wages, medical expenses, and other damages.
If you have been hurt or injured in a construction accident on Long Island or in New York, contact the employment lawyers of Famighetti & Weinick, PLLC to discuss your case. Our workplace lawyers are available at 631-352-0050 or on the internet at http://www.linycemploymentlaw.com.
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