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I’ve Just Been Injured In a Construction Site Accident in NYC: What Do I Need to Know?

If an accident occurs on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation laws give you the right to cash payments for lost wages and reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred due to a workplace accident. However, these benefits may be wholly inadequate. The payments will diminish as time goes on and will ultimately be cut off. In addition, the reimbursement of lost wages is far less than what the salary of the worker was before the accident happened.

Yes. In New York, injured construction workers can bring a lawsuit against a property owner or other negligent parties. To prevail in a legal claim, a construction worker’s lawyer must prove that the accident occurred because of a violation of one of New York’s construction site safety laws. Here are three key state laws that apply to your construction site accident:

  • New York Labor Law Section 240(1): Known as the ‘Scaffolding Law’, Labor Law 240(1) allows construction workers to hold property owners completely responsible for any falls from heights that occurred because of inadequate safety practices. This includes bodily injuries sustained either falling yourself, or being struck by falling objects/debris/construction material.
  • New York Labor Law Section 241(6): Under Labor Law 241(6), an injured construction worker can sue for specific violations of New York’s Industrial Code.
  • New York Labor Law Section 200: Labor Law 200 allows construction workers to sue defendants that fail to take reasonable safety precautions at worksites.

Landowners and developers can be held 100% responsible for workers injured at construction sites. When they push contractors to choose speed over the safety of construction site workers to make up for lost profits, they will be held accountable. This is especially true if OSHA rules and New York City Rules and Regulations “NYCRR” are violated. These regulations and rules must be identified by your lawyers when they prosecute a lawsuit for you.

Our seasoned construction accident attorneys in NYC are experts at identifying any violation of the above mentioned Labor Law statutes and/or building rules and regulations. We identify all parties at fault and bring lawsuits to provide some form of justice to you as well as punishing those responsible. We know that no amount of money will replace what you lost as a result of your injuries. However, we will fight to win the highest money award possible for you.

Many undocumented workers injured at construction sites are afraid to bring a claim because of their immigration status. However, your undocumented status cannot be considered in determining whether you are entitled to workers' compensation or your right to bring a personal injury lawsuit. If your immigration status is undocumented and you are injured, you have exactly the same rights as other New York City workers. Most importantly, your status is protected and cannot be reported to the authorities or used in any way to prevent you from using the courts to seek justice.

Whether you are an American citizen, a documented immigrant or an undocumented immigrant, if you are injured while working on a construction site, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If your injury happened because of negligence, you have the right to bring a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.

If you have been hurt, you should not let anyone persuade you to give up your legal right to receive help from an experienced construction accident attorney in New York.

New York’s construction accident regulations are notoriously complex. You need an aggressive and experienced construction accident attorney who knows how to fight for you. Michael S. Lamonsoff, “The Bull” and his team of highly trained and aggressive construction accident attorneys will never stop fighting for you. For him and his firm, the only acceptable outcome is victory. They have won over $500 million for the firm’s clients.

Many of these settlements and verdicts are the highest in New York City's history. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff has been featured in New York Magazines’ Top Verdicts and Settlements for its achievements for the past 5 years.

As the highest rated personal injury lawyer in New York, running one of the largest law firms in NYC, Michael S. Lamonsoff received several distinguished awards including being selected to the elite SuperLawyers panel 2020, selected by Expertise and Three Best Rated as one of the best personal injury attorneys NYC, a long time member of the multi-million dollar advocates forum and is an established member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

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