Construction Accident Personal Injury Claim Process
- Posted on: Dec 4 2016
Construction workers in New York City are no strangers to accidents. While working in such a dangerous profession, it’s not uncommon for construction workers or visitors to the site to get injured.
But even though some level of danger is expected at a construction site, victims of construction accidents have a few options for receiving protection and compensation. To begin receiving the assistance you may deserve, you need to know your rights and understand if you have a personal injury claim.
What is a Construction Injury Claim?
In order to file a personal injury claim from a construction accident, you must have been injured on the worksite. Injuries can happen to workers, visitors to the construction site, and pedestrians passing by.
The cause of an injury can vary, but some of the most popular on a construction site can include falls, slip and falls, electrical accidents, and equipment malfunctions. Construction injuries can also happen from toxic exposure, becoming trapped between objects, or even collapses.
The claim process will look different depending on who is injured and how they are injured.
The Rights of a Construction Accident Victim
Workers are the most frequent victims of construction accidents but they have the most rules and regulations about who they can sue after they’re hurt. If the worker is injured during a shift, they are not able to sue their employer for damages.
However, they are able to file a claim against their employer’s worker’s compensation to receive benefits to pay for medical bills or lost wages. In order to receive benefits from worker’s compensation, the injured worker must prove that the injury is related to work and happened from expected duties or activities on the job.
If the employee is injured because of equipment or products malfunctioning, the injured worker is able to sue the company for additional damages and compensation.
Injured individuals who are not working on the worksite may be able to sue both the construction company and the equipment company, architects, or other responsible parties.
Working with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you’re injured while working on a construction site, you will want to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An expert personal injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and what compensation you can receive.
If you’re in need of a personal injury attorney in Manhattan or Brooklyn, contact Held & Hines, LLP for a free consultation.