Aside from transportation accidents, falls are the number one cause of construction worker death in the United States. In 2016, 384 construction workers lost their lives in fatal job site falls. This was almost 40% of the total number of deaths in construction. Thousands of other workers went to the emergency room for serious fall-related injuries. If you have injuries from falling off a roof or other height at a construction site in New York, contact our attorneys to discuss your case.
A job site fall accident could cause painful and expensive personal injuries. Some of the most common are fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and neck and back injuries from a fall at a construction site, you may have a right to financial recovery. An insurance company, however, may try to minimize your benefits.
Insurance companies often try to take advantage of injured victims, especially when they do not have legal representation. You may enter into negotiations with insurance claims adjusters, only to receive an unfairly low settlement offer. Show insurance companies you will not let them take advantage of you. Hire a lawyer to fight for fair recovery, and to achieve optimal results.
Construction site falls are almost always preventative with the use of proper safety equipment. When they occur, an investigation into the circumstances must be undertaken. The most frequently cited safety standard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2017 was lack of adequate fall protection in the construction industry. This shows how lacking in fall protection construction companies typically are. Poor scaffold construction was the third-most cited standard, but it is not the only one construction workers must consider. Others include:
Often, more than one factor causes a fall, such as bad weather and lack of fall protection. You may need an attorney to investigate your fall to identify the proximate cause or causes. A lawyer can then identify those legally responsible, and help you file a personal injury claim. You may have grounds for a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or both.
A successful workers’ compensation claim in New York can result in benefits for two-thirds lost wages, and medical bills. You will typically qualify for workers’ compensation if your fall happened while you were performing job-related duties. Other parties may be legally liable for your accident, you, therefore, could be eligible for greater compensation through a personal injury claim. Including:
A personal injury claim against a contractor, construction site owner, a product manufacturer, or another entity could result in full compensation for all your fall-related losses. Discuss your options with an attorney today to choose the right path for you.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C., is a prestigious personal injury firm with experience litigating falls from heights/roof cases in New York City. We know how to navigate complex construction accident laws to the benefit of our clients. We dedicate 100% of our attention to each individual case and client. Learn more about your case during a free consultation. Request yours today.