Construction Accidents Lawyer
Construction workers face a greater risk of work-related injuries or death than other types of employees. Each day they encounter dangerous conditions and work on or around heavy equipment. Even if they take the proper precautions, wear the appropriate safety gear, and avoid unnecessary risk, they can still end up with a serious injury. Just because construction sites are inherently dangerous, however, doesn’t mean that you lose your right to seek compensation if you are injured. The lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers help construction accident victims in the New York City area secure the damages they are entitled to.
Holding the Responsible Parties Liable for Your Accident
It is very important to identify the individuals or corporations responsible for your injuries. Unfortunately, New York law does not allow you to sue your employer for on-the-job accidents. You must file a Workers’ Compensation claim for which you can receive full coverage of medical costs, compensation for lost wages, and disability benefits. In many cases, this compensation is insufficient. If liability warrants, you can also pursue a lawsuit against negligent:
- Property owners
- Equipment manufacturers
- Co-workers or superiors who failed to repair or maintain equipment
The construction accident lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers will conduct an extensive and thorough investigation of your accident. Working with industry and medical experts, our accident specialists will diligently uncover evidence and identify liable parties. Using our vast resources, our skilled trial lawyers will expertly prepare and persuasively argue your case, be it a Workers’ Compensation claim to lawsuit.
Representing Clients in all Types of Construction Accident Cases
The Jacoby and Meyers team handles all types of construction accident cases. We can assist you with claims relating to:
Falling equipment and tools
Defective construction equipment
Chemical and electrical burns
Toxic chemical exposure
Fires and explosions
Construction Site Equipment Accident
Construction jobs involve many types of heavy equipment – cranes and bulldozers to forklifts and loaders. Even if construction professionals are not working on them, they are working around them. Accidents involving these machines are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries, particularly in the New York City area. Their sheer inherent danger poses strong potential for serious harm and even death. For over 40 years the law firm of Jacoby and Meyers has represented victims of construction accidents and their loved ones, fighting for compensation for the damages they have suffered.
Construction workers are accustomed to navigating potentially dangerous work zones. These hard working men and women are expected to exercise caution and care, and in return expect that their employers and coworkers have also taken every possible step to prevent injury.
Construction zones where workers are excavating or operating within a trench are especially dangerous; however most officials agree that being hurt or killed in an excavation incident/while in a trench is preventable.
The Dangers Are Clear:
- Often times trenches give in with no warning
- A single cubic yard of dirt can weigh an excess of 3,000 pounds
- Workers in a trench that gives in are at immediate risk for being crushed, suffocated, or fatally buried
Preventing Injury and death is Possible:
- According to NIOSH the lack of a protective system was the leading cause of death and injury
- NIOSH, OSHA, and various safety organizations have imposed a list of general trenching and excavation rules. By following these rules the likelihood of workers or pedestrians being hurt or killed are greatly reduced.
Aggressively Advocating for Your Financial Recovery
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, New York law prohibits you from suing your employer. Your only recourse against your employer is filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, in which you can recover medical expenses, lost wages, and potentially disability benefits. Our experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys can help you navigate the complex claim process. Since damages are limited, your claim may not provide you with the compensation you require to recover and / or meet future needs. You may be able to bring suit against a third party if they played a part in your resulting injuries. Under the law, you can sue a manufacturer, contractor, co-worker, supervisor, or construction site owner for:
- Improperly designed or manufactured equipment
- Failure to properly maintain or use equipment
- Failure to properly train or supervise someone who uses the equipment
The Jacoby and Meyers legal team will conduct a comprehensive accident investigation to uncover fault. Working with medical, industry, and vocational experts, our skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys build a case to prove liability and damages.
No Legal Fees Unless There is a Successful Settlement or Verdict
Our firm is committed to providing affordable legal representation to those in need. Jacoby and Meyers personal injury clients pay no attorneys fees until and unless we successfully settle your case or win a verdict in your favor.
If you or a loved one has suffered a construction accident injury, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.
Construction Accident FAQ’s:
What are the common causes of ladder accidents?
Ladder accidents can be caused due to a number of factors, but the following four account for a majority of accidents:
Selection of the wrong kind of ladder: Different kinds of work require different kinds of ladders. Each ladder is designed to support a maximum weight limit. When the weight limit is exceeded, it can cause accidents. Using old, worn and damaged ladders: Ladders have a shelf life. The stress of being climbed up and down on causes ladders to break down and injure workers.
Incorrect use of ladders: Using ladders in any way other than what the manufacturers intended them to be used for can cause serious accidents.
Incorrect placement of ladders: Positioning a ladder on uneven ground or surface or placing it in front of a door that is not locked, blocked, or guarded can cause an accident.
How can you prevent a ladder fall accident at a construction site?
The following are some tips to prevent a ladder fall accident at a construction site: Wear non-slip flat shoes. Carefully inspect the ladder to make sure there are no visible defects and it’s in good working condition. When using a ladder to get to another level, secure and extend it at least three feet above the landing point. Do not place a ladder near doorways, pedestrian walkways, and traffic.
How can you prevent falls at construction sites?
To prevent falls at construction sites: Workers should be trained on the proper use of equipment including its limitations, how to care for it and when it is needed.
Guardrails, safety nets or personal fall arrest systems should be used to guard falls. Holes should be guarded or covered with materials that can support two times the weight of the employees, materials and equipment that the cover could be exposed to. The right equipment should be used. Beamers, rope-grabs, beam straps, butterfly anchors, concrete plunger anchors and retractable lanyard, etc., must be used correctly. A survey or audit of the site should be carried out to note any potential hazards.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Construction Accident Cases in New York?
The Statute of Limitations is the time period in which an injured party must file their construction accident lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries. The statute of limitations for construction accident cases in NY is three years from the date of the accident. If the construction accident resulted in fatality, family members have two years to file a claim on behalf of the deceased from the date of the accident. However, if the accident involved a government agency or public entity, a claim must be filed within 90 days and a lawsuit must be filed within 1 year and 90 days following the accident. Failure to abide by the Statue of Limitations can result in the dismissal of the construction accident lawsuit.
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