Construction sites are notoriously dangerous workplaces. In fact, one out of five worker deaths in the United States involve construction workers. Every ladder, walkway, platform or rail has potential to turn into a slip or a fall. The Newburgh work injury lawyers at Law Offices of Ernest L. Harris, LLP work hard to help injured construction workers and their families get the justice they deserve.
Nearly every item, tool or machine on a construction site is capable of causing injury. Workers routinely experience injuries due to falls, falling objects, crushing and exposure to dangerous materials. The most common causes of work site deaths are falls, falling and moving objects, electrocutions, and workers getting caught or stuck in-between surfaces. Our attorneys represent injured workers and their families regardless of the cause of the accident.
Those who have been hurt on New York work sites will have different legal rights and remedies depending on the cause of their injury. Depending on who is responsible for the actions or conditions that caused your injury, our attorneys will either be able to help you file a workers’ compensation claim or bring a third-party claim.
Workers’ compensation is the standard way for injured workers to get their medical bills and other costs paid. Although it applies slightly differently in each state, it generally works by covering medical bills and partial wages for the duration of the time that you are injured. It is available to those who have been injured on the job and is generally the only way workers can bring a claim against their employers for injuries. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that a worker can recover whether their employer was negligent or not. There may be limits on which doctors you can visit, how much you can recover per week and the duration of payments. Our Newburgh workman’s comp attorneys strive to get injured construction workers the benefits they are entitled to under New York law.
While the law prevents workers from suing their own employer, it does not prevent lawsuits against other people or companies on a construction site. Workers are frequently able to bring negligence claims against other contractors, subcontractors and property owners. Our lawyers will work with you to bring a negligence claim against any party whose actions caused you to suffer an injury.
When a construction accident is fatal, our attorneys help families get justice. If the accident was the fault of your loved one’s employer or an accident with no one at fault, you may be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation laws. If another contractor or entity was responsible for your relative’s death, we will assist your family in bringing a wrongful death lawsuit and seeking compensation.
At Law Offices of Ernest L. Harris, LLP, we provide experienced and skilled representation to injured construction workers. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries on a construction site, our Newburgh attorneys can help. Call us at 1-800-SSD-COMP or contact us online to schedule a consultation.