While all jobs pose certain risks, construction is consistently among the leading industries when it comes to on-the-job accidents and work-related injuries. Every day, construction workers are required to operate heavy machinery, use dangerous tools, and work in hazardous settings. As a result, they frequently suffer serious injuries, illnesses, and even fatalities. When this happens, injured workers and/or their families could be entitled to compensation.
At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we have represented the rights of injured construction workers on Long Island, in Queens, and throughout New York City and the surrounding areas for decades. Led by founding attorney Joseph J. Perrini, III, our team has recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Whether you need help filing a Workers’ Compensation claim or a third-party construction accident lawsuit, our firm is here to help.
Common Construction Accidents & Injuries in Long Island & Queens
Construction workers face all types of risks on and near job sites.
Some of the most common construction accidents and injuries include:
- Falls, including falls to lower levels and slips, trips, and falls
- Being struck by falling objects and/or debris
- Machinery and equipment accidents
- Explosions and fires, leading to severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Trench and structure collapses
- Scaffolding accidents
- Overexertion, overuse, sprains, and strains
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Being caught between two objects or pieces of machinery
- “Crush” accidents and injuries
- Machine entanglement
Due to the nature of the job, construction accidents are often extremely serious. Victims frequently experience catastrophic injuries resulting in significant impairment and, in some cases, lifelong disability. In the most tragic of cases, these accidents are fatal.
How Do Construction Accidents Happen?
There are many factors involved in any given construction accident. Sometimes, proper safety standards are not implemented or followed. In other instances, employees do not receive adequate training or supervision. In still other cases, the negligence of a coworker or subcontractor could be to blame.
Some of the most common causes of construction accidents include:
- Improper or lack of fall protection
- Tripping hazards
- OSHA violations
- Missing safety equipment
- Missing guards on tools or equipment
- Defective machinery
- Lack of adequate training
- Improper ground protection
- Unsafe jobsite or property conditions
- Contractor or subcontractor negligence
- Intentional misconduct
Regardless of what the cause of your accident may have been, it is important that you reach out to an attorney right away. The sooner we can begin investigating the incident, the more evidence we will have and the better the chance of a favorable outcome. We encourage you to reach out to our Long Island construction accident attorney at the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III today to discuss your case during a free and confidential consultation.
Who Is Responsible for a Construction Accident?
Most injured New York construction workers qualify for Workers’ Compensation. This is a no-fault system that allows you to recover certain benefits to help offset some of the costs associated with your injury. You can receive Workers’ Compensation regardless of fault; in other words, you do not need to prove that your employer was negligent in order to secure Workers’ Compensation benefits.
However, in some cases, it may be appropriate to file a third-party work injury claim. For example, if you were injured on a jobsite while using defective equipment, you could be entitled to Workers’ Compensation and you could have grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the equipment manufacturer or some other third party. If you file a third-party claim, you will need to prove that the defendant (the party against whom you are bringing the claim) acted negligently or wrongfully or is otherwise strictly liable for your damages.
You may also need to file a third-party injury claim if you do not qualify for Workers’ Compensation. This could be the case if you are classified as an independent contractor, or if you were hurt on a construction site as a private civilian, not a construction worker. We strongly encourage you to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can help you clearly understand your options and devise a plan to secure the maximum compensation you deserve.
What Damages Can I Recover for a Construction Injury?
If you are injured on a construction worksite in New York, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Hospital and medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of a job
- Loss of support
- Lowered earning capacity
- All out-of-pocket bills
- Mental suffering
- Physical pain and suffering
- Additional emotional damage
Contact Us Now for A Queens and Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer Consultation
At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we know that no two cases are exactly alike. Because of this, we provide each individual client with the personalized legal representation they need. Your attorney will be personally involved in your case, and our team is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We do not collect any legal fees until we recover compensation for you; if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay a dime.