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Skilled and Experienced Construction Site Accident Attorneys Defend the Rights of Injured People In Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Throughout Long Island

According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration, one out of five work-related deaths occurs in construction. Construction workers face high risks each time they don their hardhats, and electrocutions, falls, being struck by objects, and being caught in between objects are deemed “The Fatal Four.” The United States Department of Labor and New York Labor Law has outlined safety standards to help protect workers above all other concerns, but construction work zones are teeming with the threat of danger due to working with large machinery, at very high heights, and in high-stress environments. If you’ve been injured or a family member has died because they’ve been working on a construction site, then they may be entitled to compensation. It’s important to contact a qualified New York construction accident lawyer when considering litigation.

Whether you were injured or lost a loved one in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Harrison Law Group P.C. have been witness to just how devastating construction accidents can be to both the injured person and their loved ones. We’ve seen victims and their loved ones struggle to cope with the pain, psychological trauma, and financial burdens that these accidents can cause. We’re committed to providing victims of construction accidents with the support and assistance they need. Get in touch with us for a free consultation with an experienced and skilled attorney. We will fight to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. 

Types of Cases That an Experienced Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer Can Assist You With 

In the year 2018, there were more than 5,000 occupational-related deaths. Over 1,000 of those deaths were amongst construction workers that year. Often, construction workers have to work long hours for low wages, and under very high-stress circumstances. The attorneys at Harrison Law Group P.C. are experienced at handling a wide variety of construction accident cases arising from a number of different circumstances, including: 

  • Machinery accidents: Cranes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery are equally as important to construction projects as the scalpel is to a surgeon. These humongous machines require training and focus to operate properly, and if someone is not attentive, or trained properly, it can lead to serious injuries.
  • Falls: Working from high heights on ladders, scaffolding, and roofing is essential to constructing a building. Over 33 percent of construction deaths are the result of falls. 
  • Stress injuries: Construction work can be repetitive and could lead to injuries in the ankles, wrists, shoulders, and back. Some of these injuries could occur in soft tissue as well, which are harder to determine initially. 
  • Exposure and Fires: Deadly gas leaks leading to fires and explosions can happen in the blink of an eye on a construction site. Additionally, toxic gases can leak into the air in confined spaces and harm construction workers. 
  • Struck by accidents: Wearing protective gear will prevent some injuries, but due to the high volume of vehicles, tools, and machinery being used on any construction site, it’s possible to be injured as the result of being struck by a vehicle or a falling tool. 
  • Electrocutions: Electricity, new wiring, exposed wiring, and lightning are common occupational hazards in a construction area. Being exposed to high voltages of electricity can be deadly. 
  • Collapses: When a trench or a piece of a construction site collapses it may trap workers beneath and lead to injuries. 
  • Caught between: Limbs or an entire person can be stuck between objects leading to injuries or deaths.

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Common Construction Site Injuries

Construction sites are amongst the most dangerous worksites there are. Employers are therefore required by law to take precautions and adhere to strict standards to make construction sites safer environments for those that work there as well as for those that visit the site. This includes providing those on the construction site with safety gear as well as proper training on safety procedures as well as working with heavy equipment. Safety violations or negligence can result in serious injuries, including:

  • Electrocution
  • Eye injuries, including impaired vision or blindness
  • Broken bones
  • Knee and ankle injuries
  • Burns
  • Neck, shoulder, or back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries that could cause paralyzation 
  • Illnesses caused by overexposure to toxic chemicals 
  • Head injuries and brain damage
  • Slip, trip, and fall injuries 
  • And more

Construction accident injuries can have a tremendous impact on your life and livelihood. Some accidents may even prove fatal. When these accidents occur it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced New York construction accident lawyer in order to hold negligent parties accountable and to collect the compensation you and your family rightly deserve.

We also provide representation for families that have lost a loved one in a construction accident. We will provide you with the guidance and assistance you need to get through this difficult time. We will fight to recover full compensation and hold those responsible for your accident to account. 

Steps to Take After A Construction Accident In New York

Construction accidents can be devastating. However, the steps you take after the accident will have a big impact on the outcome of your case. It is therefore important to be aware of the steps you should take after a construction accident in New York. 

  • Seek immediate medical attention; your health should your first priority. Whether you have suffered a minor or severe injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. This will help you avoid complications and will ensure that there is a medical record of your injury. 

It is important to note that some injuries aren’t obvious right after they occur. It is therefore important to seek medical attention even when you think your injuries aren’t serious. A medical examination will reveal injuries and ensure that you receive the right treatment in a timely manner. 

  • Report the incident to your employer or the site supervisor; it is important to have a record of the incident. You should report the incident to your employer or the supervisor at the construction site. This should be done as soon as possible. The incident report will be vital as evidence for your claim. Be sure to request a copy of the incident report. 
  • Consult with an experienced New York construction accident lawyer; it is important to get in touch with an experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Our attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your accident and identify the party or parties that can be held liable. We will gather evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. 
  • Contact the authorities; construction accidents fall under the mandate of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It is important to report the accident to the authority. The authority will investigate the incident and require your employer and the property owner to adhere to proper safety standards. 

Compensation After Construction Site Accidents

If you’ve sustained an injury as a result of working on a construction site, it’s essential to determine liability. It’s possible that you may be able to file a lawsuit in addition to receiving workers’ compensation. A personal injury lawsuit will allow victims to get compensation for their injuries and cover the following damages:

  • Medical expenses and fees
  • Wages lost because of missed time from work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical Therapy
  • Long-term care
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of future income

If someone was killed because of a construction accident, then the family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party. Wrongful death suits help families receive just compensation due to the death of a family member.

Workers’ Compensation

When a worker is injured on the job they could be protected under the company’s workers’ compensation policy. Workers’ compensation normally covers lost wages and medical bills that come as a result of being involved in an accident. 

Worker’s compensation operates under “no-fault” statutes, so the worker doesn’t need to prove the company was at fault, to get assistance. Workers only demonstrate that they were injured on the job. Your eligibility in workers’ compensation claims is dependent upon the severity of your injuries and your level of impairment.

Third-Party Lawsuits

It’s possible that other companies are liable in your case. Take into consideration if sub-contractors, property owners, and other general contractors are at fault. Third-parties may be liable for a construction injury in the following cases:

  • A construction worker is injured while operating a motor vehicle designated for construction purposes. You may be able to file a suit against the other negligent party. 
  • You’re injured as of a result of using faulty equipment or machinery provided by a third party and therefore, entitled to damages. The manufacturer, retailer, or wholesale provider could be liable in this instance.
  • Your construction group was working under a subcontractor, that was hired by a general contractor, and their heedlessness led to your accident and injuries.

Third parties may not be liable in every construction work accident. However, the odds of you encountering a third party, while on the job, are high due to the frequency of your interactions. It’s important to seek proper medical care, then speak with an attorney to determine your eligibility for a third-party lawsuit.

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New York Labor Laws

Construction workers have rights under New York Labor Laws 200, 240, and 241. Section 200 states that contractors must do all they can to make workplaces reasonably safe. Section 240 specifies scaffolding regulations for scaffolding projects higher than 20 feet. Section 241 outlines specific details for construction, demolition, and excavation sites and the precautions that should be taken to protect workers. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, speak with a group of diverse and attentive construction accident lawyers in Long Island, NY who will work diligently to support you and assist you in seeking retribution, and reimbursement, through litigation.

Contact Harrison Law Group to Book a Free Consultation with a Skilled Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer Today

Construction accidents often have catastrophic effects. The injuries suffered in these accidents can be life-altering. They may even result in the death of the accident victim. At Harrison Law Group P.C. we fight to uphold the right to compensation for those injured in construction site accidents. Our attorneys are skilled and experienced at dealing with employers and insurance companies. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a skilled and experienced New York construction accident lawyer from our firm. Learn about your rights as well as your options for recovering compensation. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Accident Claims in New York

How long should I wait before contacting a New York construction accident lawyer?

It is best to contact an experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. The sooner you contact your lawyer, the easier it is for the lawyer to collect evidence and build a strong claim on your behalf. It is also important to note that the statute of limitations for making a construction accident claim in New York is 2 years. The clock starts ticking from the date of your accident. it is, therefore, best to begin the process of recovering compensation as soon as possible.

What does it mean to settle a construction accident claim?

When you agree to a settlement for your construction accident, you will forfeit your right to press further charges for your accident. You can therefore not seek additional compensation for your injuries. This is why it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced New York construction accident lawyer to determine what your case is worth. If you have a severe injury, you will be required to wait until you have reached a level of maximum recovery to recover compensation. Your attorney will guide you on a reasonable amount to agree to as your settlement.

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For over 30 years, The Harrison Law Group, P.C.’s ability, and desire to actively listen to you and deeply understand your experiences has set us apart. We aggressively pursue fair and appropriate compensation for our clients who have been injured in New York.

  • We listen because we care about your recovery and maintain consistent, clear communication to effectively express your voice on your behalf.
  • We relieve the pressure so you can exhale — while we inhale your case details and engage with the insurance company.
  • We’re not casual about your case or your representation; we are intentional and strategic, based on your needs and our experience. 
  • We don’t stop when we’re tired. We stop when the job is done.

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What is Personal Injury?

If you’re injured as a result of a negligent third party, you may be entitled to compensation due to the damages you’ve experienced — either directly through the responsible party or their insurance company. An experienced New York personal injury lawyer will focus on tort law while seeking economic and non-economic damages for their clients — whether or not the target is a multi-million dollar award.

Personal injuries are classified as injuries to the body, mind, and emotions of an individual. When you suffer an injury because of another party, you experience turmoil, and your quality of life will change. Some victims experience loss of enjoyment of life, and even depression.

It’s important to speak with mindful attorneys who have the wisdom to handle your case effectively. Personal injury suits are filed against individuals or entities that cause harm due to recklessness, negligence, misconduct, or liability.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our attorneys and staff are competent, compassionate, and committed to seeking the maximum fair and appropriate compensation for all of our clients. We fight to win, not to quickly settle and move on to the next case. Our firm will make sure that you are properly advised of all of your options while giving you the proper legal advice to make the right decision for yourself and your family. We are willing to go above and beyond to meet your expectations, whether it’s meeting with you after hours, on the weekends, at your home, in the hospital, or at the office. We will make ourselves available for you 24/7.

Immediate Action

We understand the immediate concerns you will have, which include paying your bills, traveling to and from work and doctors’ appointments, and taking care of your daily responsibilities. We want you to know that here at The Harrison Law Group we understand and can help. We will take immediate action on your case and begin to work as soon as we are retained.

A Commitment to Excellence & Solutions For You

Our reputation is built on a record of attentiveness and diligence in pursuit of our clients’ interests. We fight hard for all of our clients with outstanding creative approaches and individualized solutions in personal injury and accident cases to seek the maximum fair and appropriate compensation. Time after time, The Harrison Law Group, P.C. has taken cases that other attorneys either wanted to drop or would have settled for small amounts, and we turned them into million-dollar cases. We have been dedicated to Personal Injury and helping our clients pursue justice for over 30 years.

Constant Communication

Our office sets itself apart because we do not only return phone calls; we call our clients at least every 30 days to provide a status update on your case — and if there is no update, we call to see how you are doing. Happy clients are informed clients, and we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. We are available 24/7 to all of our clients via email, text, or phone to answer questions and give updates. While we have a big firm reputation, we have a small firm dedication to each client.

Types of Personal Injury

Personal injuries can refer to injuries sustained due to dental malpractice, product liability, or assault claims, but they more commonly involve the following types of injuries:

Car Accidents

When your vehicle collides with another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal, debris, or another stationary obstruction such as a tree, pole, or building, you may face significant injuries and expenses that often include medical treatment and vehicle repairs. Following a car accident that was no fault of your own, it is important to immediately begin working with a New York personal injury lawyer to seek fair and appropriate compensation.

Truck Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving a truck or tractor-trailer and caused by the recklessness of others will present additional complex factors that are not present in a regular car accident case. You can be certain that there will be attorneys representing the truck driver, which is why you should partner with a New York personal injury lawyer at our law office immediately.

Motorcycle Accidents

When your motorcycle is involved in a motor vehicle accident at no fault of your own, you will need help in your fight to be fairly compensated in your case. As a client of our law firm, you can be confident that we are bringing the fight to the insurance company.

Premises Liability

An injury from an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property often involves a fall on a slippery or uneven surface. Other types of negligence or dangerous circumstances may also lead to an injury or death. In some cases, your accident could amount to a multi-million dollar settlement. Our law office of NY accident attorneys will be happy to guide you through this process as our client.

Dog Bite

Dog owners are generally determined to be liable if their dog hurts you or anyone else. New York personal injury law in this situation provides a means to seek compensation for your medical expenses, your pain and suffering, & much more.

Slip and Fall

A property owner could be liable for damages if you slip, trip, and fall on their property due to their negligence. Working with a qualified New York personal injury lawyer in this situation is important because the Queens, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Long Island property owner that you file a claim against will certainly be represented by law firms who are trying to dismiss or settle your case for as little as possible.

Construction Accidents

An injury sustained due to working on a construction site can be life-changing or deadly. In many cases, such an injury will prevent your ability to continue working for some duration of time. Workers’ compensation is available for these types of accidents. Depending on the details of your case, you may also be able to file a lawsuit.

Wrongful Death

Death caused by negligence or intentional actions of another party is known as wrongful death. The NY accident attorneys at our law office are experienced in these cases and are ready to help you fight for the money you need.

Medical Malpractice

When you work with a licensed medical professional, you have every right to expect that they will take prudent and cautious steps to help you work towards a successful recovery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The New York personal injury attorneys at our law firm are ready to help you fight for fair compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law

What types of compensation can be received in a personal injury case?

There are several types of compensable damages that can be received including money for lost wages and career change, property damage compensation, health aids, and home rehabilitation to accommodate for the injuries sustained.

What is the difference between a “personal injury claim” and “personal injury lawsuit”?

A personal injury claim is when you or the law firm you have retained and the at fault party’s insurance company try to come up with a settlement to resolve your claim. Most cases generally do settle out of court. If a settlement can not be reached, a law firm will go ahead and commence a personal injury lawsuit, which simply means taking the at fault party to court.

How much is my case worth?

The value of your case depends on multiple factors such as liability, injuries, insurance coverage, venue, medical bills and etc. Here at The Harrison Law Group, P.C., we will evaluate your case and give you the most comprehensive answer as far as what you can expect regarding compensation.

What should you do after a personal injury accident?

Seek medical attention. Take photos of your injuries, defects and property damage. Keep track of everyone you speak with, take the names, phone numbers and addresses of all witnesses, as this will be useful information for when you hire an attorney. Finally, call The Harrison Law Group, P.C. to see how we can help.

What if I am part responsible for the accident?

Even if you are partially responsible for the accident you may still be entitled to compensation and you should not wait and speak to an attorney right away.

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