Assisting Injured Construction Workers
Construction workers face a variety of dangers on a day-to-day basis, many of which can lead to devastating, life-altering injuries. Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured as a result of falling from an elevation or being struck by a falling object. Injuries sustained from these types of accidents are often severe and can affect the worker’s ability to earn a living and support their family.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. At Rosenthal Kooshoian & Lennon, LLP, we have been assisting construction workers and their families for over 70 years. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to fight for justice and compensation on your behalf.
Understanding New York Construction Laws
New York state has a number of laws aimed at protecting injured workers from dangerous workplace accidents. These laws include:
- New York State Labor Law §240(1)
- New York State Labor Law §241(6)
- New York State Labor Law §200
All these laws aim to ensure that construction sites are safe for workers by placing responsibility for worker safety on the owner of a construction site or contractor. When a worker is injured as a result of one of these statutes being violated, they are entitled to be fully compensated for their injuries.
Experience You Can Count On
Construction accidents make up a large portion of occupational injuries in the United States. While workplace fatalities have decreased, there is still an extremely high rate of injuries resulting from construction accidents. In 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that construction workers had the second-highest fatalities resulting from workplace accidents, at 951 nationwide. 72,800 nonfatal construction injuries were reported the same year.
Construction site accidents can be caused by a number of situations, including:
- A fall from a ladder or scaffold
- Injuries from a falling object
- Hazardous worksites
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations
- Improper safety equipment
- Tripping hazards
Our lawyers’ experience and knowledge of the relevant statutes enable them to provide clients who have been injured in construction accidents with the best possible representation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Construction Accidents
If you are injured while on a construction job in Buffalo, you may have many questions about what this means for your future. Our attorneys have extensive experience obtaining compensation for injured workers and are here to answer all your questions. In the meantime, please see some answers to frequently asked questions about construction accidents, below.
How long do I have to file a claim for my construction accident?
Under New York state law, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. However, if you are filing against a government entity, the deadline may be much shorter. In any of these cases, it is essential that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to obtain evidence and start building your case.
Who is at fault for my injuries?
In construction accidents, it can be complicated to determine who is at fault for your accident. Construction sites often involve many different parties that could be liable. Our team will help you look at the construction company, contractors, machinery or equipment companies and hiring parties to determine who may be liable.
Won’t workers’ compensation cover my medical bills?
While workers’ compensation will cover your medical expenses and some of your lost wages, filing a personal injury claim can get you compensation for things that workers’ compensation won’t cover. These damages can include the full value of your lost wages and pain and suffering.
Speak With Us Today
When dealing with a construction accident, it is very important that a thorough investigation is conducted. This requires gathering evidence and witness statements as soon as possible. Please contact us immediately if you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident. Serving construction workers throughout Buffalo and Niagara Falls, our lawyers can be reached by calling 716-800-3442.