Syracuse Construction Accident Attorney
Construction Site Injuries in New York
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the construction industry is one of the most dangerous lines of work in the country. The inherent danger to construction work doesn’t mean that accidents will happen, though. When an accident does happen, preventable negligence is often the root cause, which means a construction accident claim from the injured party should follow.
Our attorneys from Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC can help you create, file, and pursue a personal injury claim if you were seriously injured while working on or visiting a construction site in New York. We know how to hold negligent parties liable for their terrible mistakes by recovering the compensation our clients need and deserve.
Fighting On Behalf Of Injured Workers In Syracuse
Injured at a construction site? Contact our construction accident lawyers in Syracuse today to schedule a free consultation.
Workers’ Compensation Claims Vs. Personal Injury Claims
When a construction worker is injured on the job, they are entitled to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. The workers' compensation system is designed to pay medical expenses related to the injury and lost wages while they are unable to work, but only to injured workers. You can't file a lawsuit against your employer or a co-worker if you use workers’ compensation, even if they were at fault for what happened.
But if the negligence of a third party was at fault for the accident that caused your injury, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek other damages.
Third parties that could be found negligent include:
- Property owners
- Property managers
- And more
Our law firm focuses on complex personal injury claims rather than workers’ compensation cases. If you were hurt on a construction site and you think a third party could be liable, then we can help you explore your legal options to seek more damages without jeopardizing your workers’ comp benefits. Or if you are ineligible for workers’ comp, then we can talk about filing a personal injury claim instead.
Lawsuits for Other Injured Parties
You might be surprised to learn that it is not uncommon for third parties to be hurt on construction sites. Every day, pedestrians are instructed to walk around or near a construction site in their area, where they could be hurt by some hazard. Along many freeways, you can often find construction zones that motorists are forced to drive directly through. Even vendors and suppliers who have to stop at a construction site for business are technically a third party because they do not work for the company managing the site.
What happens if a third party like a motorist, pedestrian, or business partner gets hurt while on a construction site? Workers’ comp will not be an option, so a personal injury claim is the only avenue to seek a fair financial recovery for damages. Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC in Syracuse shines the most when it comes to handling such claims. We have been able to secure impressive results for clients who were injured at a construction zone as a third party and needed to file a personal injury claim against the construction company and others.
Types of Third-Party Construction Accidents
When a third party such as yourself is injured on a construction site, your case will technically fall under premises liability. The construction company working on the site and the property owner had a shared responsibility to ensure that the area was reasonably safe for anyone who visited it, even if they did not have an express invitation to do so. Failing to clear the area of hazards or at least warn you of it is a failing of their duty of care owed to you as described through premises liability laws. As such, you should be able to hold those parties liable for your injuries and damages.
Examples of construction accidents that might injure a third party include:
- Building collapses
- Fires and explosions
- Crane accidents
- Falling objects
- Forklift accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Roof collapses
- Construction equipment crashes
How Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC Can Help
Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC has the experience and the resources to win big cases. Our legal team investigates your accident to find out what really happened. We review all documentation, such as accident reports and safety records, and interview witnesses. Our attorneys know where to look for evidence of negligence.
In some cases, a contractor may have failed to erect scaffolding properly. Or a piece of equipment may have been defective. We identify the negligent parties responsible for your accident and fight to recover compensation for your injury.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
The damages we can seek to recover include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium. Our attorneys will determine the true damages you've suffered as a result of the construction accident. Many times, we are able to negotiate a favorable settlement with the insurance company. If not, we will fight for you in court.
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