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Protecting Construction Workers Injured On the Job

NY Construction Accident FAQ

Why A Workers’ Comp Lawyer Should be Your First Call

Construction site accidents make for hazardous work environments. When these accidents occur, they are often extremely serious. Recent changes to New York’s workers’ compensation system make it extremely important to obtain experienced counsel before you file a workers’ compensation claim.

Construction work often requires skilled labor to be performed in dangerous situations. This may include heights elevated by scaffolding where a worker can fall.

At the Law Office of Robert Koenigsberg, we have been handling complicated work related accident cases since 1996. We are well prepared to protect injured workers’ rights. We can help you obtain medical coverage and other appropriate benefits through workers’ compensation.

For more than 15 years, attorney Robert A. Koenigsberg has provided clients with hands-on representation. Our law firm focuses on developing a strong rapport with each client and keeping them informed of any progress or setbacks in their workers’ compensation cases.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation and discover how we can help you.

Protecting Construction Accident Victims’ Right to Workers’ Compensation

If you have been injured in an accident, do not delay. You need an experienced New York construction accident lawyer immediately. Employers and their workers’ compensation insurance carriers protect themselves with experienced insurance defense law firms. They carefully evaluate worksite accident scenes to minimize the harm you have experienced and limit your benefits.

At the Law Office of Robert Koenigsberg, our attorneys know what to look for in these types of cases. We know how to develop compelling legal arguments with medical testimony from our client’s doctors about the extent of the injuries. We are committed to obtaining the maximum benefits available from workers’ compensation for construction workers who have been injured in serious accidents, involving:

  • Falling debris
  • Crane accidents
  • Hazardous material
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Falls from heights
  • Electrocution
  • Caught or stuck between multiple objects
  • Building Collapse
  • Explosions

In these types of accidents, it is quite common for third parties to have caused or contributed to accidents. If any third party was responsible for your workplace injury, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. We also have a strong background handling third-party personal injury claims involving construction accidents.

We also provide compassionate representation to families who lost loved ones in fatal accidents. We seek lifetime payments for surviving spouses and their children.

Contact Us When Experience Counts

If you have been injured in a construction site accident, our years of experience and detailed knowledge of the new workers’ compensation law are more important than ever. Contact Robert A. Koenigsberg, an experienced construction accident lawyer in New York today to discuss the specifics of your case in a free initial consultation with a lawyer.

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New York Construction Accident FAQ

Construction Accidents & Personal Injury Claims

NY Work-related injuries are not automatically covered only through workers’ compensation. While you generally can’t sue your employer in workplace claims, you can file a civil lawsuit against a third party for personal injury damages. Construction accident attorney Robert A. Koenigsberg has a strong background proving fault and holding negligent parties liable for maximum compensation to cover important costs, such as:

Hospital and rehabilitation bills
Medical expenses
Lost wages
Career training for accident victims unable to work in their current industry
Pain and suffering
You don’t necessarily have to choose between workers’ compensation benefits and a personal injury lawsuit against a third party — we will pursue them simultaneously. Ourattorneys carefully evaluate all cases involving construction accidents to determine if a third party was negligent.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim in Addition to a Workers’ Comp Claim?
We have a strong background holding negligent parties accountable for the harm they cause. The attorneys at our law firm seek maximum compensation from at-fault third parities in variety of circumstances, such as:
Job injuries resulting from falls from scaffolding, ladders, or roofs
Injuries caused by the negligence of another employer’s worker
Construction accidents involving dangerous or defective equipment or tools
Work-related car accidents or a slip-and-fall injuries that happened away from work, but while you were performing job duties

Falls From Ladders & Scaffolding
A large percentage of NY construction site fatalities are due to scaffolding accident deaths. On construction sites, three types of scaffolds are generally used: supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds and hoists. In addition to workers falling off of scaffolds, scaffold collapses are a cause of fall injuries.
Scaffolding accidents often cause serious injuries to the head and back. A collapse can cause workers to become trapped and crushed.
Falls from ladders are also a common cause of injury and death. The instability of ladders leads to many accidents and injuries. Ladders may slip from their supports, be on an unsafe surface or otherwise unsafely positioned. Workers who attempt to carry objects when climbing a ladder are also at increased risk for a fall.
A fall from a ladder or scaffolding can result in serious injuries such as:
Brain injuries
Broken bones and amputations
Spinal cord injuries
Neck and back injuries

Heavy Equipment Accidents
The heavy equipment used on NY construction sites includes cranes, excavators, backhoe loaders, dump trucks, bulldozers, trenchers, drilling machines, pile drivers and others. These are complex machines that require training in order to operate them safely. However, on many of these construction sites, untrained or inexperienced workers cause accidents while operating heavy equipment.
Cranes present many dangers to operators and workers on the ground. Cranes may come into contact with power lines, resulting in electric shock, death by electrocution and burns. Other workers may be injured if they are caught inside the crane’s swing radius and struck by the load or fall off personnel platforms.
Construction workers are also at risk for injury due to heavy equipment collapses. The collapse of a crane or other piece of heavy equipment can cause:

Broken or crushed bones
Amputations
Brain injuries
Neck, back and spinal cord injuries
Wrongful death
While serious injury and death can be caused by heavy equipment, repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and injuries to the shoulder and joints, are also common. Additionally, heavy equipment workers may be exposed to toxins that causeoccupational diseases. These types of injuries may result in a lifetime of pain and disability, making it impossible to return to your job.


Work Related Amputations
If you were injured on a New York construction site and required an amputation, workers’ compensation will help you pay medical bills and recover a percentage of your lost wages. However, obtaining workers’ compensation is not an easy task.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), amputations are one of the most devastating workplace injuries, often resulting in permanent disability. The effects of a partial or complete amputation may also include:

Psychological trauma
Loss of mobility
Phantom pain
Wound pain
The amputation surgery is only the first step on the long journey of medical treatment. A worker who loses a limb will also need long-term medical care that may include pain management, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, and psychological counseling.
The cost of prostheses and the medical care necessary after an amputation are significant. In addition, you will need help to cover the cost of making your home and vehicles accessible and safe.


On The Job Electrocution Burns
New York construction workers are at increased risk for injuries from electric shock, burns and death by electrocution. The most common cause of electric shock accidents on construction sites is contact with overhead power lines, which can occur when a worker is operating a crane or working on a scaffold. Regardless of the cause of the accident, the resulting injuries may be catastrophic or fatal.
Electric shock accidents can occur if there are no safety guards on a machine, if the power supply is not grounded, or if wear and tear has damaged the machine or wiring. Contact with overhead or underground electrical lines is a frequent cause of electric shock injury and death on construction sites.
Typical injuries caused by electric shock accidents include:
Burns
Tissue, nerve and muscle damage
Respiratory and cardiac arrest
Internal bleeding
Wrongful death by electrocution
Burn injuries are not just caused by fires, though that is a common cause. Other reasons that people suffer burns include electrical accidents, explosions, chemical exposure, defective products and workplace accidents.
The injuries caused by burns are usually severe and may include:

Loss of sight, taste, hearing or smell
Scarring and disfigurement
Infection
Inhalation injuries
Nerve and tissue damage
Burn victims usually require long-term care such as skin grafts, pain management, physical therapy, cosmetic procedures and psychotherapy. This type of medical treatment is very expensive. You will need compensation to cover the costs.


Airport & Airline Workers Injuries
Luggage can be extremely heavy so injuries are common in the line of work. Here are some types of Airport & Airline Worker Injuries:

Slip-and-fall accidents
Baggage handling injuries
Hearing loss
Cargo loading injuries
Fueling and service vehicle accidents
Traffic accidents
Mechanic injuries
Injuries to flight crews


Falls from Heights
One of the most common types of injuries that a worker may suffer is a fall from a high location. New York construction site accidents often involve falls from heights, including falls from scaffolding and ladders, but roofers, window cleaners and workers from numerous other industries may experience fall injuries as a result of their job.
if you have suffered a fall injury on the job, including:

Falls from scaffolding
Falls from ladders
Falls from roofs
Falls from cranes and heavy machinery
Fall from other elevated places, such as bridges, buildings and elevator shafts
Contact us immediately following a work-related injury, and we will explain how to file a claim with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. We will also review the details of your case to understand if a settlement is possible.


Third Party Liability Claims
While workers’ compensation is often the exclusive remedy for people who have suffered a work-related injury or illness, there are some exceptions. If your injuries were caused in part by someone other than your employer or a co-worker, you may have a basis to file a third party liability claim, which is a type of personal injury claim.
A third party liability claim may allow you to obtain additional relief.
Many third party liability claims arise as a result of construction site accidents, where the negligence of subcontractors and other third parties have contributed to the cause of accidents, but third party claims may arise in a variety of ways. Our lawyers handle third party liability claims that arise in any work context, including:

Truck accidents
Scaffold accidents
Ladder accidents
Falling debris
Crane accidents
Roof accidents
Loading/unloading accidents
Unguarded holes/construction site falls
Other construction, manufacturing and industrial accidents