Construction workers are responsible for our country’s infrastructure. This includes the buildings we inhabit, the bridges we cross, and the roads we drive on. Rather obviously, this is no small thing. However, construction workers rarely get the respect and credit they deserve for developing our nation. What’s worse, when construction workers are injured, insurance companies will very often do anything in their power to deny them the financial compensation they deserve. This is why you must contact our experienced Queens construction accident attorneys as soon as possible if you have been involved in a New York construction site accident. Please read on to learn more.
Common Construction Site Accident Causes
Construction sites are some of the most hazardous workplaces by nature. Some of these hazardous conditions may lead to:
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Lifting injuries
- Toxic waste injuries
- Slips and falls
- Falling debris
- Ladder collapses
- Ironworker accidents
- Nail gun accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Crush accidents
- Trench cave-ins
Unfortunately, these are not the only causes of construction site accidents–many construction workers are injured every year due to supervisor negligence or unsafe property conditions.
How do I know if I qualify for financial compensation?
If you believe you are wrongly suffering, you are most likely looking into financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Generally, if you can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will recover the compensation you deserve. However, it is important you know that as a construction worker, you are not allowed to sue your employer directly. This is to protect you from losing your job. Instead, you may file a third-party lawsuit, which will primarily focus on designers, equipment manufacturers, general contractors, architects, the property owner, leasing agents, and more.
However, to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you must first prove the other party’s negligence. To do so, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney who is ready to fight in your corner. Additionally, you may wish to recover security camera footage of your accident as it happened, or at least take pictures of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. Medical documentation regarding the extent of your injuries, as well as witness testimony, may also help you prove your claim.