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New York Construction Accident Attorney Representing Injured Workers in Syracuse
Construction accidents are devastating under any circumstances, and construction workers often suffer debilitating and fatal injuries. After a serious construction injury, it can be difficult to know how to seek financial compensation to cover your medical bills, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. An experienced Syracuse construction accident lawyer at Powers & Santola, LLP can assess your case today. We can help you to learn more about your options for filing a claim, and the types of compensation you could be eligible to receive.
The construction industry is extremely dangerous, and workers frequently sustain life-threatening injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that more than 21 percent of all deadly workplace injuries occur in construction, with more than 1,000 workers dying each year because of dangerous construction site incidents. OSHA identifies the most common deadly injuries in construction as the “fatal four,” which include:
- Falls (most common, account for nearly 34 percent of all deadly construction injuries);
- Struck-by accidents (account for more than 11 percent of all fatal injuries);
- Electrocutions (account for nearly 9 percent of all fatal injuries); and
- Caught-in or caught-between accidents (account for more than 5 percent of all deadly injuries).
Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits After a Syracuse Construction Accident
Most injured construction workers are eligible to seek financial compensation through the workers’ compensation system after suffering a worksite injury. New York workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which means the injured worker does not have to prove that anyone else was negligent in order to receive compensation, and the injured worker can even obtain compensation regardless of his or her own fault.
However, workers’ compensation generally just provides compensation for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. It does not compensate for other economic damages in many cases, or for any non-economic damages.
Filing a Claim for a Syracuse Construction Accident Under New York Labor Law
Section 200, 240, or 241 of New York Labor Law also allows construction workers to file a lawsuit against general contractors, subcontractors, the owners of construction sites, or any other parties who employed the work to be done. Most states do not allow injured construction workers to sue their own employers for negligence, but in the case of construction accidents specifically, New York law does allow injured construction workers to move forward with the other such claims.
Third-Party Claims for Syracuse Construction Accident Injuries
In some cases, an injured construction worker also may be eligible to file a lawsuit against a negligent or reckless third party. When a third party causes injuries on a construction site, the injured construction worker may be able to sue that party for damages. Examples of third parties who may be held liable would be a motorist who crashes into a construction site and causes injuries, or designers or manufacturers of defective construction site equipment that causes injury.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Syracuse Construction Accident Lawsuit?
If you are eligible to file a construction accident lawsuit against a negligent employer under New York Labor Law, or if you may be eligible to file a third-party claim because of another party’s careless or reckless behavior, you need to know that you have a small time window in which to file your lawsuit. That time window is known as the statute of limitations.
Under New York’s statute of limitations for negligence cases, injury victims typically have only three years from the date of the construction accident to file a lawsuit. However, you should seek advice from a construction accident lawyer expert in New York about the specifics. Depending upon the particular facts of your case, the statute of limitations could be shorter. Once the statute of limitations runs out, you will have a time-barred claim and you will not be eligible for compensation through a civil lawsuit. Do not make the mistake of waiting too long to file when you can seek advice from a Syracuse construction accident lawyer today.
Contact Our Construction Accident Lawyers in Syracuse, NY Today
If you were injured in a construction accident, or if you lost someone you love in a Syracuse construction accident, our firm is here to help. One of the experienced Syracuse construction accident attorneys at Powers & Santola, LLP can speak with you today about your options for seeking financial compensation, from filing a workers’ compensation claim to filing a lawsuit under New York Labor Law. Contact Powers & Santola, LLP to learn more about the services we provide to injured construction workers and their families upstate.
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