Bronx Construction Accidents
The Bronx is the northernmost borough of New York City and has a population of just over 1.4 million people. However, the Bronx is still growing and construction is constantly ongoing in the area, and construction accidents are all too common. If you or someone in your family has been injured at a construction site, it is important to reach out to a skilled Bronx construction accident lawyer who can assess the scope of your options. At Oresky & Associates, we know what it takes to build a strong claim and get the full and fair compensation that an injured worker deserves after a serious accident.Know Your Rights Under the New York Labor Law
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, excluding highway collisions, the leading causes of death in the construction industry are falls, followed by incidents of workers being struck by an object, together accounting for nearly half of all construction worker deaths in 2015 (48.4%). The unfortunate reality is that these types of accidents can happen to workers in all types of construction trades, such as painters, roofers, ironworkers, electricians, plumbers, concrete workers, pipe fitters, welders, and others.
Our construction accident lawyers can help Bronx workers who have been injured in all types of situations. Some of the most common ways in which injuries happen on job sites include trip and falls involving construction debris, scaffolding accidents, ladder accidents, falls into holes or other openings, the use of defective or improperly installed equipment, and vehicle accidents.
Under New York law, people who are injured on the job are covered by workers’ compensation, but construction workers also are able to file a lawsuit based on a violation of the New York Labor Law, unless an exception to liability applies. Specifically, Labor Law Sections 200, 240, and 241 are designed to safeguard workers in the construction industry and give them certain rights to seek compensation through a lawsuit. Under these laws, any of the following parties may bear partial or total responsibility for an accident:
- Property owners,
- General contractors, and
If any defendant violated the Labor Law, they will be liable to pay damages to the victim. This is important because workers’ compensation benefits are limited and do not offer anything for a victim’s pain and suffering. In addition, workers’ compensation only covers part of an injured worker’s wages and damages. A New York Labor Law claim, on the other hand, allows the worker to get damages for their pain and suffering as well as full compensation for their lost income and other losses caused by the accident. These remedies come much closer to helping an injured worker and their family move forward after an accident (to the extent possible) than what is available through workers’ compensation alone.Get Assistance From a Construction Accident Lawyer in the Bronx
If you or someone close to you was involved in an accident on the job, our experienced job site injury attorneys can make a big difference to your case. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we understand that this is a stressful time for a worker and their family. You can expect the utmost compassion from our team. We have staff members who are bilingual in Spanish for clients who are more comfortable in that language. Our Bronx construction accident attorneys can come to your home if you are unable to go to our office. To speak to us in more detail about your case at no charge, call us at 718-993-9999 or contact us online.