New York City Construction Accident Attorney
Injured while on the job? Learn more about your options.
Construction is one of the most hazardous occupations in the country. Every day, workers are around heavy machinery and construction materials that have the potential to cause serious injury. Accidents are common in construction zones, and they are often covered through workers' compensation insurance with their employer, as well as
third-party compensation that can be obtained in a personal injury claim.
Consider Your Best Option for Compensation
In most work injury situations, workers are only able to obtain benefits from workers' compensation or third-party compensation, but not both. Our New York City personal injury lawyers help construction accident victims determine who is liable for their injuries and the best possible action they can take to recover compensation. If you are seeking a swift recovery and the full compensation you are entitled to, work with a firm that has recovered more than $1 billion for clients in verdicts and settlements.
Jaroslawicz & Jaros, LLC has handled many successful construction accident cases, including:
- $44 million verdict – the largest construction accident verdict in New York
- $2 million settlement – ankle injury suffered after tripping on debris
- $1.25 million settlement – burned hands while carrying roofing tar
- $950,000 settlement – fractured pelvis and ribs after falling 20 feet
How did you suffer your work-related injury?
The circumstances surrounding a construction accident play an important role in determining your compensation entitlement. For example, if you were injured while working for a sub-contractor, the third-party may be the owner of the land or the building, or the general contractor. If you were injured while working for the general contractor, a third-party may be the owner of the land or the building or a sub-contractor.
Types of Construction Accidents & Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common causes of personal injury in construction zones. Any number of hazards in a construction zone can lead to broken bones and serious injuries to the neck, back, and head. Whether you've suffered because of inhaling toxic chemicals or while using defective equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses that you have suffered.
Learn more about other types of construction accidents, including:
Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that employers provide to workers who are injured or become ill as a result of the job. Employers pay for this insurance, and they do not require workers to contribute to the cost. Workers' compensation claims are handled by the Workers' Compensation Board, who determines what awards the injured worker may receive. Workers' compensation insurance benefits may cover:
- Medical costs for treatment of illness/injury
- Loss of wages
- Physical/mental pain and suffering
- Damages and out-of-pocket expenses
Workers' compensation claims are usually considered no-fault claims. This means that neither you nor your employer are held responsible, and the compensation that you receive cannot be decreased or increased. The goal of no-fault benefits is to get injured workers the compensation they need as quickly as possible.
Pursuing Compensation from a Third-Party
In situations where you are unable to make a workers' compensation claim, you may instead seek third-party compensation. Third-party claims are made against separate individuals or other parties that are not your employer or co-worker. Third-party compensation may be a better choice for workers whose injuries did not result from employer negligence. Third-party claims may be made against several different parties:
- Manufacturers of defective workplace equipment, tools, materials, etc.
- Drivers who cause accidents while workers are on the road as part of their job
- Owners of businesses with hazardous conditions where the worker is on their job
Third-party liability claims are not usually restricted to no-fault benefits like workers' compensation. This is because in bringing a third-party claim against a negligent party, your benefits may not be limited like they are in workers' compensation claims. However, even though third-party personal injury claims may entitle you to more compensation, it also requires you to be better prepared to prove your case.
Dedicated Protection of Your Rights & Entitlements
We know that the circumstances of your accident are unique. At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, LLC, our construction accident lawyers prepare an individualized approach to our clients' cases. We may work closely with you in order to determine your needs and pursue the best possible outcome of your case. When it comes to protecting your rights and compensation entitlements, trust a firm with more than 200 years of combined experience.
Schedule a free consultation with our dedicated personal injury attorneys in New York City today!