The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the United States accounting for 1,008 worker deaths in 2018 alone, according to OSHA. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, you may be wondering if you have any legal recourse. The answer to that is: it depends. However, before you make any decisions speak with an experienced construction accident lawyer in Queens today, call (646) 701-7990.
Why Are Construction Sites So Dangerous?
Construction sites are places where there is a flurry of activity with a lot of workers, machinery, tools, and equipment, all sharing a limited amount of space. There is a constant injury potential for falls and being hit by dangerous objects. Other factors can enter into construction site accidents, such as
- Lack of adequate training — Because of the dangerous aspects of a construction site, workers should be trained in safety precautions.
- Unsafe equipment — Heavy equipment can be inherently dangerous, even when used properly. Often, employees do not know how to use the equipment correctly. In other cases, machinery or equipment hasn’t been properly maintained or inspected for safety. Sometimes, equipment is rented from another party altogether, which adds another level of liability.
- Environmental safety issues — Construction goes on, even in inclement weather. This can add to accident risks from falls to electrocutions.
On The Job Injuries
In the case where you were injured in an accident on the job, you may be limited to workers compensation for your injuries, if your employer had coverage. Even when a worker is covered under workers compensation coverage through their employer, however, that coverage may be limited and inhibit your rights to a future claim if the necessity arises.
As experienced construction accident lawyers, we often see where workers are employed as independent contractors or subcontractors without the benefit of workers compensation coverage. We also see where an accident may have been caused by a faulty piece of machinery or tool defect. Under these circumstances, you may be entitled to benefits under a third-party claim.
If you are a worker who has been injured on a construction job site, it’s important to speak with a construction site accident lawyer to understand what you may be covered for and the added ways you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
What If You Were Injured as a Non-Worker?
Non-worker injuries are another thing entirely. When you have been injured on a construction site as a non-worker, you will not be covered under workers compensation. You will need to file a claim through the property owner’s liability coverage in order to get compensated for your injuries. In this case, you’ll be required to prove negligence to be fairly compensated.
Unfortunately, proving negligence can be difficult when it comes to a construction claim and there are multiple parties that may be held liable, including
- A property owner
- A contractor
- A subcontractor
- An equipment rental company
- Equipment manufacturers
And other related parties.
Hiring a Construction Accident Lawyer
If you are injured on a construction site, hiring a construction accident attorney will be your best resource to understand your rights to compensation. Because of the moving parts and complicated nature of negligence as it applies to the construction industry, you don’t want to tackle this alone.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, get the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer in New York. Contact the law firm of KLS Law for a free consultation to understand your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.