Or perhaps you have a family member who unfortunately succumbed to a wrongful death after a construction accident in these two states. In these cases, you need an experienced construction accident attorney to defend you.
Thousands of American construction workers get injured or killed on construction sites each year. Although state laws in New York and New Jersey require companies to inspect every construction site for safety, construction workers still experience a considerable number of work-related injuries or fatalities compared to other sectors of the U.S. economy.
At Sadaka Associates, our construction accident attorneys understand how life-changing construction accidents can be for victims and their families. We work hard for compensation that can cover medical, rehabilitative services, and therapy bills to help you regain your quality of life.
Workers and their families have relied on Sadaka Associates since 2008 to support them after a construction accident or fatality. We are a national practice with offices across New York and New Jersey. Our construction accident lawyers are available to discuss the merits and facts of your case and formulate a solid plan of action.
Contact the Law Offices of Sadaka Associates today at 1-800-810-3457 to speak to a construction accident lawyer for a free case evaluation. You may also contact us online with your details, and one of our associates will get back to you to schedule your consultation.
Types of Construction Site Injury Cases
New York and New Jersey state laws and federal laws require strict workplace safety standards for construction sites. These laws regulate the exposure of construction workers to dangerous chemicals and require workers to wear protective gear such as reflective jackets, hard hats, eye goggles, gloves, and boots. Unfortunately, some companies and supervisors ignore these laws, resulting in life-altering injuries or even fatalities for their workers.
If you succumb to a construction site injury due to negligence or careless behavior, you have a right under the law to hold those responsible legally liable for damages. You can seek financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other unseen costs of your injury, including physical pain, emotional trauma, and permanent disability. In the worst-case scenario, your surviving relatives can seek financial compensation for your wrongful death.
Some of the construction accident cases we have handled for our esteemed clients include:
- Brazing accidents
- Building collapses
- Chemical spills
- Compressor accidents/explosions
- Construction site falls
- Crane accidents
- Cutting accidents
- Dangerous/dangerous equipment accidents
- Dumpster accidents
- Electrical accidents/electrocutions
- Elevator accidents
- Fire and gas explosions
- Forklift accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Logging accidents
- Nail gun accidents
- Operating equipment run overs
- Punch press malfunctions
- Scaffolding accidents
- Structural failures
- Supervisor negligence
- Trench accidents
- Welding accidents
- Window washing accidents
- Wrongful death
In addition, if you’re a construction worker receiving workers’ compensation payments, you may still bring an action against an employer, general contractor, or manufacturer of faulty equipment responsible for your accident. In cases of wrongful death, surviving loved ones can commence this action.
The law firm of Sadaka Associates has over 10 years of experience assisting injured construction workers in New York and New Jersey. Our settlements and verdicts have helped our clients maintain their quality of life by helping them pay for complex medical issues and lost wages.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents in New York and New Jersey
Construction accidents, unfortunately, occur due to one main reason — negligence. Negligence means that someone in a position of authority within your company did not take the time to ensure that all the safety and regulatory measures were in place.
In the past, we have seen construction accidents in New York and New Jersey due to:
- Failure to communicate while on the job
- Failure to install or secure scaffolding
- Faulty or old equipment, tools, and machinery
- Inappropriate training for complex or heavy machinery
- Lack of proper supervision
- No protective equipment
- Poorly maintained workplaces that lead to slips and falls
As a result, construction workers present with severe injuries and, in the worst cases, fatalities. Some common serious construction injuries include:
- Brain Injuries
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Eye injuries (reduced vision or blindness)
- Head and neck injuries
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Permanent paralysis
- Permanent spinal cord damage
These injuries permanently affect lives. Even if you can go back to work later, you might experience chronic pain, reduced mobility, reduced vision, or emotional trauma that will accompany you for the rest of your life. These conditions require long-term care, which costs money and prevents you from enjoying activities you previously enjoyed.
NY and NJ Law
New York and New Jersey have laws in place that impose liability on parties responsible for safety on construction sites. Therefore, proving the cause of your construction site accident may impact the type and amount of financial compensation available in your specific case.
At Sadaka Associates, our construction accident attorneys will work to seek fair compensation for your injuries. We are here to protect legal rights and hold your hand through the complex legal process and landscape.
Trust the construction accident attorney we assign to your case to work in a dedicated and honest way on your behalf to seek the maximum compensation possible. Contact our law offices in New York and New Jersey to schedule your free consultation today.
Seek Fair Compensation for Construction Accidents with the Help of a New York and New Jersey Construction Accident Attorney
How the Third-party Claims Process in Construction Accident Case Works
Shared responsibility, also known as comparative fault, can affect your ability to recover financial compensation for your injury.
Workers’ compensation, however, is a no-fault system. This means that you can get workers’ compensation benefits after an accident even if you were entirely responsible for the accident. Most accident victims in New York and New Jersey are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which provide:
- Death benefits
- Medical expenses reimbursement
- Partial lost wages
- Permanent disability
Workers’ compensation also provides benefits to cover other types of costs and circumstances. These include:
Additional costs that are related to treating your injury (physical therapy, emotional therapy, in-home care, and medical devices)
- All past, current, and future medical bills
- Chronic pain and suffering
- Compensation for scarring or disfigurement
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life and other activities
- Loss of your capacity to earn future earnings
- The entire amount of your lost wages
Crucially, self-employed people are not eligible for workers’ compensation. The only circumstances in which you are at fault that could jeopardize your workers’ compensation benefits are if:
- You were inebriated on alcohol or drugs
- You willfully caused the accident
Our New York and New Jersey construction accident lawyers will work with diligence and professionalism on your behalf. They will build a solid case and fight for the financial compensation that secures your future by helping you get the care you need.
Hire an Experienced New York City Construction Accident Attorney in New York and New Jersey Today
If you have an injury due to a construction site accident, speak to an experienced construction accident lawyer at Sadaka Associates today at 1-800-810-3457.
We have helped thousands of New York and New Jersey clients in these cases and are ready to help you with your case.
Don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact the Law Offices of Sadaka Associates today. Our lawyers will simplify the litigation process and give you the advice you need to support you during the process.
We offer free case evaluations and work on a contingency basis, so call today to learn more about how our firm can help.
Construction Accidents Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. It is advisable to retain a construction accident attorney whether you bear no or partial responsibility for the accident. These attorneys can help you determine if there is a potential case against your employer or someone else other than your employer.
The initial consultation and case evaluation are always free. During this appointment, the construction accident lawyer evaluates your case and advises you if it is eligible for a trial.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that if you win your case, our attorney will collect a percentage of your award. Contact a construction accident lawyer at Sadaka Associates to learn more about our other costs and fees.
When you get injured in a construction accident, seek medical attention at your nearest emergency room. This will give you proof of your injuries should you wish to take legal action.
Make sure the relevant department in your company knows that you have been injured while on the job. Document evidence that may have caused your injury, and then — most importantly — contact an experienced construction accident attorney to ensure that those responsible are held legally liable.
There is no typical fair settlement for a construction site accident. However, our attorneys will always seek a fair settlement for you. Our goal is to work toward a settlement that will enable you to cover your medical bills and loss of wages at a minimum.
The settlement amount varies depending on the circumstances of the case and the individual. Contact one of our construction accident attorneys to discuss your individual case.
You can bring a legal claim against any person or party whose fault caused your injuries. This excludes your employer and coworkers because their liability is covered by workers’ compensation. In the case of a general contractor, your remedies are applicable in cases where you can prove their negligence.
Yes, you can. As long as you can prove that a person at the job site (not your employer or coworkers) contributed to your injuries due to their negligent behavior, you can bring a lawsuit against them. At the same time, you can collect workers’ compensation benefits.
However, your workers’ compensation provider may be legally entitled to part or all of their money once the courts compensate you.
There is no straightforward answer to this. In short, a general contractor or owner may be liable to pay you damages for your construction site injury if they fail to:
- Use proper care to provide a safe workplace
- Fail to warn of hidden dangers
Suppose a general contractor or owner creates unsafe conditions (themselves or via an employee) and receives a notice to remedy the harmful conditions from inspectors or state authorities. In the case that they do not address the unsafe conditions, workers can bring an action against the general contractor or owner.
General contractors or owners may be liable if injured parties prove they willfully or unknowingly violated safety regulations and statutes. The difficulty lies in providing these violations.
In certain circumstances, construction workers may also sue other subcontractors responsible for your worksite-related injury.
Plaintiffs in a construction accident case can recover damages for past, current, or future:
- Loss of wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
If the plaintiff dies, their survivors will recover total financial compensation for their monetary loss due to their loved one’s death in addition to damages for emotional distress. Survivors can also seek punitive damages if they can prove that their loved one survived for a short while after the accident or injury occurred.
Experienced construction accident attorneys often retain the services of construction and safety professionals. As construction accidents litigation is complex, these knowledgeable resources can help explain to a jury the issues surrounding relative liability, contracts, and insurance coverage, benefitting your construction accident case.
Approximately 90-95% of construction accident cases settle before going to trial. However, complex legal issues and workers’ compensation liens make these cases challenging to settle without intensive litigation processes.
Typically, a plaintiff injured at a construction site or the loved ones of someone killed in a construction accident has two years from the accident to engage a construction accident attorney and bring the case to court.
The law allows for an extension of this period in rare circumstances. For instance, if the case involves a public individual or party, plaintiffs or their representatives must bring the claim to court within six months of the incident.