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Construction sites pose many dangers to workers and innocent bystanders alike. Construction workers are subject to high levels of risk as they are often involved in potentially dangerous tasks such as lifting heavy objects, operating large machinery, and performing job duties at elevated heights. Still, proper protocol and safety practices can decrease a worker or bystander’s risk of injury. When someone causes a preventable construction accident through negligence, he or she may be liable for the victim's injuries.

Western NY Job SiteWhen a construction accident causes harm to an employee, workers' compensation laws will generally apply. There are, however, cases in which the worker can also obtain both pain and suffering, and economic recovery from other parties who may be deemed liable such, as companies that manufacture construction equipment that prove to be defective. Additionally, New York has a unique set of laws, such as New York Labor Law Sections 240 and 241, which can allow workers injured on construction sites to pursue personal injury claims directly against the property owner and/or contractors, and not be solely limited to the workers compensation system.

Additionally, when an innocent bystander suffers injury as the result of a construction accident, he or she may also be eligible to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim.

Whether you're a construction worker or merely a bystander who has suffered injury as the result of a construction accident, you may be eligible to receive both a recovery for pain and suffering as well as economic damages following your accident. Our attorneys can protect your legal rights, and help you understand the claims process in determining the best course of action

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

There are perhaps innumerable ways in which a person can suffer injury at a construction site.  Scaffolding accidents are the most common, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all construction accidents. Other common causes include: falls, electrocution, and improperly braced trenches.

When attempting to determine the liability for injuries sustained in a construction accident, it helps to understand each party's responsibilities at the site. In the case that a construction accident occurs, any of the following parties may bear total or partial responsibility:

  • Site Owners
  • General and Sub-Contractors
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Manufacturers of Construction Machinery or Equipment
  • Insurers
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) compliance officer

Know Your Rights if You are Injured

If you have suffered injury as the result of a construction accident, you are responsible for proving your case against the liable parties. This usually requires the help of a qualified attorney. It is always wise to seek competent legal counsel after a construction accident to ensure that your rights are protected, especially since a statute of limitations applies to all workers' compensation and personal injury cases. You should contact our experienced attorneys today, who are available to take your call 24/7.

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