What Rights Do You Have as an Injured New York Construction Worker?

Working in construction is tough on your body. However, just because you have a job that is more dangerous than others does not mean you deserve to be injured on the job. New York is one of the busiest construction zones in the world, and every year many construction workers are injured on the job. If you are a construction worker who was injured on the job, you need to know that you have options to pursue compensation for your injury.

In New York, unfortunately construction workers face a lot of pressure to appear “tough.” Often times, this pressure is actually part of an effort to get workers to stay silent and not pursue valid legal claims against construction companies or others responsible for their construction injury. No worker should ever be exploited, and yet construction workers often are exploited in this way. If you do not assert your rights after suffering a construction asset, this can dramatically and negatively impact you and your family for the rest of your life.

If you are a construction worker who has been injured on the job, you have several options to consider. First, you can bring a workers’ compensation claim to recover for your lost earnings and to supplement your medical care. Workers’ compensation is commonly used by workers suffering all kinds of on-the-job injuries, and it often serves as a necessary bridge getting workers from their injury to recovery.

A second strategy to consider is pursuing a personal injury claim. Whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim depends on the circumstances of your particular case. However, if you were injured as the result of another’s negligence or if your injury is severe enough, you may also be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. There are many different potential targets for a personal injury claim: your employer, contractors, subcontractors, their employers, and other employees may in some way be responsible for your injury—or could have taken common sense steps to prevent it from occurring. An experience personal injury attorney who specializes in construction-related injuries and litigation can assess your case and advise you of your options.

How do you make your ends meet following a construction accident? Often, an accident means you have significant medical bills and that you go an extended period without earning any income. As mentioned above, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a workers’ compensation claim to provide you with medical coverage and compensation for lost wages. Additionally, you can also have an attorney help you get your insurance company to cover your health care costs, or to pursue a personal injury claim for your lost wages, medical bills, and suffering.

At Scaffidi & Associates, we know that you work hard to make a living. Just because your job involves hard labor does not mean you have somehow signed yourself up to suffer a significant injury. No worker deserves to be injured on the job, and we fight hard to make sure those who build our cities are cared for when the unexpected happens. Contact us today to learn how our experienced personal injury attorneys who specialize in construction accident cases can help you.


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