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Construction workers are some of the most undervalued members of our society. They conduct themselves humbly and honorably, and they work physically harder than most people in the country. This is no small thing, but insurance companies tend to see it that way. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, there is a good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the primary causes of construction site accidents?

  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Scaffolding falls
  • Crane accidents
  • Ladder accidents
  • Explosions
  • Nailgun accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Lifting injuries
  • Building collapses
  • Unsafe property conditions
  • Negligent management
  • Exposure to hazardous materials
  • Blade & saw accidents
  • Falls 

How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation?

If you are able to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will most likely qualify for compensation. Keep in mind the more evidence you have that satisfies the burden of proof, the better. This is why it is so important you take pictures of the hazard that caused your injury or that you obtain security camera footage that may have caught the accident as it happened. Additionally, you should not hesitate to ask anyone who witnessed the accident to verify your claim. Lastly, seek medical attention immediately. A medical professional will provide you with the necessary treatment, as well as medical documentation regarding the extent of your injuries that you may also use to help prove your claim. You should always be extremely careful about what you post on social media following a construction site accident, as insurance companies may be monitoring your activity. If you post something that proves your claim untrue, they will most likely use this against you.

What is a third-party lawsuit?

If you are a construction worker in New York, you are most likely not allowed to sue your employer directly. This is to prevent you from losing your job. Therefore, if you are seeking compensation, your lawsuit will generally focus more on the liability of other responsible parties, such as equipment manufacturers, leasing agents, architects, designers, the property owner, general contractors, and more. Each of these parties will be examined accordingly in order to get a better understanding of who was truly responsible for your injuries. 

Contact our New York City firm

If you have you been injured on a New York City construction site, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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