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Ossining Construction Accident Lawyer

When we hear the term “essential workers,” our first thoughts are of nurses and grocery store employees. However, construction workers build the very foundation of our society, and without them, our buildings and everyday life would crumble. While these individuals are extremely important, they often suffer from severe injuries and accidents at the hands of  careless individuals or organizations. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health reports that the construction site fatality rate in New York is above the national average, accounting for 24% of all worker deaths in the state. 

If you suffer life-threatening injuries in a construction site accident, contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC, to learn about your legal options. The physical, emotional, and financial losses you suffer from a construction accident injury can significantly impact your life. Our award-winning lawyers have over 65 years of combined experience protecting the rights of workers all across the state. We understand the complexities and requirements regarding construction accident claims and will do everything possible to recover the justice and compensation you deserve.

Third-Party Liability in New York Construction Accident Claims

New York has laws to protect both the construction worker and the company, making filing a construction accident claim a complex and intricate legal process. While your remedies against your employer for your injuries are generally limited to those under the workers’ compensation laws, you may bring a lawsuit against other parties, such as the site owner and construction manager/general contractor, for your injuries. This is commonly referred to as a third-party claim. 

Filing a third-party claim means you are taking legal action against someone other than your employer for their actions which resulted in your injuries. When you file against a third party and prove their actions caused your accident, you can recover monetary compensation beyond lost wages and medical expenses. An experienced and skilled lawyer will be able to identify the areas of compensation regarding which you may be entitled to recovery, including pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages/income and other types of damages.  Various third parties may be held liable for your damages, including:

  • Construction site owner
  • Construction manager
  • General contractor
  • Other contractors

A third-party construction accident claim is similar to any other personal injury lawsuit and is entirely separate from any workers’ compensation claim you may file. This allows your lawyer to pursue damages for your regarding a variety of categories of damages. 

How to Prove Third-Party Liability in an Ossining, New York Construction Accident

Construction employees work with dangerous equipment in environments that pose potential risks to employees, but that does not exclude them from deserving a safe work environment. Property owners and general contractors are responsible for ensuring the necessary safety measures are in place to protect workers while on construction sites. To pursue an injury claim against a third party, consider these potential causes of construction site accidents:

  • Lack of training
  • Lack of supervision
  • Falls, such as from scaffolds and ladders
  • Falling objects from above, such as equipment and debris
  • Poor lighting
  • Broken or damaged machinery
  • Fire or explosion
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

Gathering evidence against a site owner or contractor can be troublesome and frustrating while you recover from your injuries. Your lawyer will have the resources and experience to collect the necessary documents and other evidence for your claim, so you may focus on recovering from your damages.

Types of Documents to Support a Successful New York Construction Accident Claim

Below are a few standard documents that will support your construction accident claim:

  • Medical records: Hospital and physician records, as well as x-rays, bloodwork, and other diagnostic imaging may build a clear picture of your injuries and health. You have the right to request and use that information in your claim.
  • Medical bills: Medical bills will outline a clear breakdown of your medical expenses, which a lawyer can use to understand your treatment and calculate the compensation you deserve. 
  • Pictures/videos of your injuries: While you might find the images displeasing, pictures and videos of your injuries will show the extent of the damage and can eliminate the argument that the injuries were not severe or did not result from the responsible party’s actions.

Collecting and keeping track of these documents provides evidence of your harm and how the other party’s actions resulted in the accident and your injuries. If you are unsure which information to obtain or keep, speak with your lawyer about acting on your behalf and keeping track of your medical information. 

Contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC for an Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer in Ossining, New York

Construction accidents often result in debilitating, long-term injuries that require extensive medical care. Our award-winning lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, have 65+ years of combined experience fighting and advocating for our clients. We believe in uplifting and protecting those within our community and will do everything possible to recover the justice and compensation you deserve. By tailoring our services specifically to clients’ needs, our peers and previous clients recognize our ability to provide knowledgeable counsel. We are well-known and respected within the legal community as lawyers willing to go the extra mile for our clients. We are prepared to go to trial if necessary to recover your due compensation. Contact us at (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.

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