Elmont Construction Accident Lawyer
Working in construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Roofers top out as the most likely within the construction industry to suffer a serious injury or fatality. Other construction workers that face high odds of an injury include derrick workers, highway and road maintenance workers, crane operators, landscapers, carpenters, iron workers, cement masons, and general contractors of all types. If you were injured on the job, your employer is responsible for providing lost wages and medical care under their workers’ compensation policy, regardless of who caused the incident. And, if it is found that your employer was violating safety laws or was otherwise reckless in some manner, you can also file a personal injury lawsuit for additional damages. To get started, you need to speak with one of the experienced Elmont construction accident lawyers at Giuffre Law Offices, P.C.
Construction is the Most Dangerous Industry in New York
The Architect’s Newspaper states that the construction industry is the most lethal industry in New York City. In addition to the fatalities, they reported 761 construction worker injuries across the area in 2018. Not only is construction the most dangerous industry in New York, but construction jobs account for nearly half of all of America’s most dangerous positions, according to Construction Dive.
Workers’ compensation is no fault insurance that is provided to all employees. It is paid for by your employer in the form of a monthly premium; your employer does not directly pay for your medical bills and wage replacement—your employer’s insurance company does. Workers’ compensation covers your full medical needs, and up to two-thirds wage replacement of your average weekly wages.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against your employer in certain types of egregious (very serious) negligence. For example, if your employer violated state or federal safety laws, and that violation resulted in your injury, that may enable you to file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. This provides you with a much larger degree of compensation, because you can seek full wage replacement, future lost earnings, and pain and suffering damages (in addition to other damages) by filing a personal injury lawsuit, unlike a workers’ compensation claim. Furthermore, if your injury was caused by a third party, such as a distracted driver on the highway if you were working as a roadway construction worker, you can file a personal injury claim against that party, in addition to receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Contact Our Experienced Elmont Construction Site Injury Lawyers Today for Help
If you were injured on the job, we can help you receive medical help and partial wage replacement through workers’ compensation. If a third party caused the incident, or if your employer’s recklessness caused it, we can also help you file a personal injury claim against the appropriate party for additional compensation. Do not assume that your employer will make everything right—most employers and insurance companies fight to avoid liability, which is why you need an experienced attorney on your team. Call the Elmont construction site injury attorneys at Giuffre Law Offices, P.C. today at 516-802-9912 to schedule a free consultation.