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Manhattan Construction Accident Lawyer

Manhattan Construction Accident Lawyer

Are you the victim of a construction accident in Manhattan? Whether you are a construction worker injured on the job or a pedestrian who got hurt when passing a construction site, you may have a right to compensation. 

At William Schwitzer & Associates, PC, we help construction accident victims seek the financial compensation they need to move forward from their serious accidents. Speak with a Manhattan construction accident lawyer today to learn how we can assist your case — call 212-683-3800

Common Injuries in Construction Accidents

Construction accidents can produce devastating injuries that require months of recovery and intensive medical treatments. The following are some of the more common injuries victims experience:

  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Back injuries
  • Neck and shoulder injuries

Even minor construction injuries can produce steep medical bills. If you weren’t negligent in the accident, you shouldn’t need to pay these bills out of pocket. 

Who Is Liable in a Construction Accident?

The liable party in a construction accident depends on the circumstances leading to the accident and your role. 

If you’re a construction worker and experienced an injury at your construction site, the construction manager could be liable for not following OSHA requirements or not providing the proper safety equipment. But by filing a workers’ compensation claim, you would effectively remove the manager’s liability. 

If you’re a pedestrian injured after passing a construction site, the construction company is likely liable unless you were trespassing. 

Working with a Manhattan construction accident lawyer can help you identify the liable party in your accident to begin the compensation process. 

Seeking Compensation for Construction Accidents

You have a few options for seeking compensation after a construction accident. Our attorneys can assess your case and help you determine which of the following routes to pursue:

Workers’ Comp

If you are a construction worker and your accident happened while completing your job duties, you’ll likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. While this is a standard way to seek compensation for a work-related injury, a seasoned legal professional will ensure you cross every “t” and dot every “i.”

New York law requires almost all employers across the state to offer workers’ compensation coverage. You could secure enough compensation through workers’ comp to cover your medical bills and time off work while you recover. Workers’ comp doesn’t account for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. 

Workers’ comp is also a no-fault system. This means once you accept an offer, you cannot hold your employer liable for the accident in the future. However, it also means you can recover compensation even if you were technically at fault, such as tripping over a ladder and having no one else to blame for the accident.

Be sure to consult our NY construction accident lawyer before filing a workers’ compensation claim. Depending on the details and value of your case, you could secure more compensation from a personal injury lawsuit. 

Liability Insurance Claim

If someone’s negligence caused your construction injuries, you might consider holding them directly liable through an insurance claim. 

You’ll need to be able to show that the responsible party:

  • Owed you a duty of care
  • Breached that duty of care
  • Caused an accident that resulted in your injuries

Like a workers’ compensation claim, a liability insurance claim will only cover your direct economic expenses incurred from the accident. 

Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you want to maximize your compensation and have clear evidence a specific party was negligent in the accident, you may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. Successfully winning a legal case could allow you to secure non-economic damages, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If the at-fault party was particularly reckless, you could even claim punitive damages to punish them for their behavior. 

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer in Manhattan

Construction accidents can become complicated quickly, and you may not know where to begin your compensation process. Our attorneys at William Schwitzer & Associates, PC, will provide personalized guidance and legal support to help secure compensation after your accident. 

Contact us at 212-683-3800 today to speak with a forklift accident lawyer and schedule your free case evaluation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the statute of limitations for construction accident cases in NY?

You must file a workers’ compensation claim within two years from the date of your work-related injury. The statutory deadline is three years if you’re filing a personal injury lawsuit. 

Can I file a lawsuit if I’m already collecting workers’ compensation?

With the help of a Manhattan construction accident lawyer, you may be able to file a lawsuit against a third party while collecting workers’ compensation benefits. But by accepting workers’ compensation, you agree not to hold your employer accountable for the accident. 

What damages can you recover after a construction accident?  

Your workers’ compensation or insurance claim could cover your past and future medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity.