Accidents at construction sites can happen from ladder or scaffold falls, explosions, electrocution, etc. Regardless of the cause, accidents may result in financial loss or life-changing injuries to the workers. An injured construction worker under New York law can recover for damages suffered due to the accident. If you are injured in a construction accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to contact a construction accident lawyer to help you with your case. An attorney will do a thorough investigation of the construction site, medical records and witness’ statements that can help to determine liability. He or she can also help decide on the type of claim to pursue.
Construction Accident Damages
The different categories of damages are:
- Lost Wages
A construction worker can recover wages lost due to the injury sustained in the accident. These damages include the amount of money the injured would have earned, from the time of the injury to the date of the settlement and into the future. When the injured cannot earn the same amount of money because of the accident, he or she may be able to recover for future earning capacity.Other economic damages include union benefits, pensions lost, overtime pay, etc.
- Pain and Suffering
Construction workers are entitled to recover the past and future pain and suffering damages. To place a monetary value on this type of injury, the jury will consider the nature of the injury and the certainty of future pain. The severity and how long the injured is likely to be in pain is also taken into consideration.
- Medical Expenses
Construction workers can recover medical bills such as doctor’s fees, ambulance fees, hospital stays, emergency room treatment and nursing services. It can also include the cost of future medical expenses. The injured must show that the expenses are a result of the injury sustained from the accident.
Construction Accident Lawsuits
The different kinds of lawsuits a construction worker can file are:
- Worker’s Compensation
Workers are entitled to benefits provided by worker’s compensation insurance after proving that an injury occurred irrespective of the surrounding conditions.
- Personal Injury
In a personal injury claim, the worker has to prove that a third party was negligent and the negligence led to the accident.
- Product Liability
An injured worker can bring a lawsuit against any party in the chain of distribution if the injury was caused by a defective product.
- Wrongful Death
Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by the family if a worker is killed on the job.
Contact Dervishi Law Group, P.C.
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