Syracuse & Central New York Construction Accident Attorney

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Construction workers work in one of the most serious injuries in the country. Construction workers face dangers every day that can threaten their safety, health, financial future, and lives. When construction sites are not safe and workers are not given the safety equipment they need, they can become seriously injured in a construction accident. 

Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer in Syracuse and Central New York

The construction accident lawyers at CDH Law PLLC understand the financial, emotional, and physical suffering victims of construction accidents endure. We believe that families should hold employers and contractors responsible when their negligence causes serious injury or death. Our experienced construction accident attorneys will fight aggressively for fair compensation. Contact CDH Law PLLC today to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation.

Common Causes of New York Construction Accidents

At CDH Law PLLC, our construction accident attorneys have helped many Syracuse and Central New York area clients just like you recover the compensation they deserve. We handle all types of construction accident cases, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Cutting accidents
  • Building collapse
  • Brazing accidents
  • Compressor accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Dangerous or defective equipment accidents
  • Compressor accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Forklift accidents
  • Gas explosions
  • Electrical accidents
  • Dumpster accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Falls from great heights
  • Ladder accidents
  • Gas explosions
  • Structural failure
  • Punch press malfunctions
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Welding accidents
  • Logging accidents
  • Wrongful death

How to Obtain Compensation After a New York Construction Lawsuit

Construction accident victims who decide to pursue compensation for their injuries have several options. They can file a workers’ compensation claim with their employer to obtain weekly cash benefits and reimbursements for medical expenses related to the accident. When another person or company’s negligence has caused the accident, victims can pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. Finally, if a construction worker has been injured by a third party, he or she may be able to file a claim with the third party’s insurance company. 

Proving Liability in a Construction Accident

To obtain compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, the victim will need to prove liability. Most construction accident cases involve the legal concept of negligence. Negligence means failure to use reasonable care to protect other people. Many victims of construction accidents have a ride to bring a lawsuit against general contractors or construction site owners for negligence. When a property owner decides to build or modify a structure, they have to ensure that the construction workers have a safe working environment. 

According to section 200 of New York’s labor law, property owners in general contractors must “provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.” When property owners in general contractors fail to take the steps needed to make sure construction sites are reasonably safe, they are liable for any damages that result. 

Construction contractors need to make sure their workers are safe from potential dangers and that they have the safety equipment they need to do their jobs without becoming injured. It’s up to the property owner or general contractor to make sure the site is in a reasonably safe condition and that employees have the safety equipment and training they need. When property owners in general contractors fail to meet these requirements, construction accident victims can bring a personal injury lawsuit against them for economic and non-economic damages. There may be other parties who are also liable for the construction accident, including the following:

  •  Subcontractors
  •  Architects and engineers
  •  Equipment manufacturers
  •  Third parties 

Injuries Caused By New York Construction Accidents

There are many ways construction workers can become injured on the job. Likewise, there are many different types of injuries caused by construction accidents. Some injuries are much more severe than other injuries. Whether you’ve suffered a serious injury or a life-altering and catastrophic injury, the attorneys at CDH Law PLLC are here to help. Contact us if you’ve been in a New York construction accident and have suffered any of the following serious injuries:

Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits After a Construction Accident

All construction accident workers who’ve been injured on the job have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits after an accident. Under New York law, nearly all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Regardless of who was at fault for the accident, employers must provide injured workers with workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include weekly compensation for lost income and medical expenses. You do not have to file a lawsuit to obtain these benefits. When you decide to accept workers’ compensation benefits, you waive your right to bring a lawsuit against the person or company who caused your injuries.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Construction Accident

You will not need to prove that another party is at fault to recover workers’ compensation benefits. However, if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, you will need to prove that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may be the best option in your case because it allows you to obtain more compensation than you would with a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits will limit your financial recovery to your medical bills, lost income, and disability. When do you file a personal injury lawsuit, you can obtain all of the following types of damages:

  •  Economic damages for medical bills, nursing care, and rehabilitation
  •  Emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD
  •  Pain and suffering
  •  Disfigurement and scarring
  •  Loss of consortium
  •  Loss of enjoyment of life
  •  Punitive damages when the defendant acted egregiously or willfully

Discuss Your Construction Accident Case With an Attorney Today

Have you or your loved one become injured on a New York construction site? The experienced personal injury attorneys at CDH Law PLLC can help you understand your legal options. You may have the right to recover compensation for all of the damages you’ve incurred due to your injuries. We will fight diligently to obtain the money you need and deserve. Contact CDH Law PLLC today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights.