New York Personal Injury Lawyers
for Utility Worker Accident Victims
Countless utility workers are injured on the job every day as a result of electrocution and other electrical malfunctions. There are many injuries that a utility worker can sustain, and even a cautious, seasoned worker faces daily risks. Utility workers often work with multiple elements like gas, water, or electricity in many different environments. They often descend into manholes to make repairs underground or climb to varying heights in order to repair transformers or other electrical wires. These workers are often confined to small spaces while making these repairs, raising the risk of injury. Fortunately, New York has very strict laws to protect utility workers on the job. If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries as a utility worker, you may be due financial compensation. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, can protect your rights and help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries. We have a comprehensive approach and almost a century of experience with a proven track record of success.
What type of injuries can a utility worker sustain on the job?
Utility worker accidents can result in:
- Severe burns to the extremities
- Disfiguring burns as a result of explosions
- Broken bones and fractures as a result of falls
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Illness from long-term exposure to harmful chemicals
- Exposure to toxic gasses
The injuries listed above are just a few of the many injuries utility workers can suffer while on the job. Utility work can be dangerous in many instances, and utility workers often suffer needlessly as a result of someone else’s negligence. Many times these injuries can be life altering, and the victim may not be able to return to work for a long time or at all.
Who is financially responsible for utility worker accidents?
All accidents are completely and thoroughly investigated to determine responsibility. Many times it is found that negligence is involved. If your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, they may be held financially liable for your injuries. New York has very strict laws in place to protect utility and construction workers. For instance, if a worker is not fully provided with the proper safety equipment to prevent injury on the job, then the contractor may be held liable for their injuries. Section 200 of the New York labor law requires job site owners, contractors, and their agents to provide a safe work environment for employees. This includes providing them with proper and complete safety equipment.
What if I am partially responsible for my actions?
Workers’ compensation benefits are paid regardless of responsibility and many times other damages can be awarded as long as you are not the sole cause of the accident which resulted in your injuries. If you were exercising every reasonable precaution to prevent an injury and still ended up getting hurt, the chances are that someone else may be partially liable. In the state of New York, you may be awarded damages even if you were partially responsible for the accident which caused your injuries.
What should I do after sustaining injuries as a utility worker?
Of course, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention for your injuries. Do not give any written or recorded statements to any person, company, or insurance worker regarding your injuries before speaking to an attorney. As soon as you are able, you should seek legal counsel from an experienced New York personal injury attorney. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, are well versed in New York labor laws as well as utility worker accidents. They will listen intently, investigate thoroughly, and present you with all of your options. In many instances, you will be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
What about workers’ compensation?
If you are a utility worker who was injured on the job in New York, then you should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is in place to cover medical expenses and to help replace lost wages in the event of an on the job accident. However, when a victim sustains serious injuries, workers’ compensation can be exhausted quickly and may not be enough. In the event that a third-party is liable for your injuries, you may be able to pursue further compensation in the form of a third-party civil suit. A third-party civil suit will not affect workers’ compensation benefits and can be pursued in addition to benefits you may already be receiving.
What if my injuries happened a long time ago?
The state of New York does impose a strict three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. However, there may be some illnesses that do not make themselves immediately apparent. For instance, mesothelioma develops after long term unprotected exposure to asbestos. In these instances, the statute of limitations may not begin until the victim should have reasonably known he or she was sick or injured. Every case is different and treated on an individual basis, so the best thing to do is get advice from experienced legal counsel.
Contact a knowledgeable New York personal injury attorney after a utility worker accident
Whether you work for an electric utility company or are any other utility worker, if you sustained serious injuries as a result of an accident on the job in New York, you may be due financial compensation. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, understands what a difficult time this can be for you and your family and the last thing you should have to worry about is navigating the legal system. Our experienced New York personal injury attorneys utilize a comprehensive approach to utility worker accident claims. They will investigate your claim diligently and fight tenaciously for your rights as a victim. If you have been injured in a New York utility worker accident and think you may be due financial compensation, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC. You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our consultation request form and we will reach out to you shortly. We understand the financial and emotional toll these types of accidents can take on your family and we will fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.