What damages are recoverable in a construction accident case in New York?
When you’re hurt on the job, even at a construction site, you’re entitled to two types of recovery. The first is workers’ compensation that covers your medical bills, your lost wages, and any incidentals that you have as a result. You’re also entitled to sue the people that may have caused your injury that aren’t your boss such as the owner of the building, the general contractor. Those people you sue for your pain and suffering, your loss of enjoyment of life, and your inability to perform your normal everyday duties as you did before the accident.
Now, sometimes, those overlap. Your lost wages especially the past and your medical bills especially the past you may have to re-pay to workers’ compensation, but, as far as your future is concerned and the future cost of your medical bills and the future lost earnings that you may have and the pain and the loss of enjoyment of life that you’re going to have for the rest of your life as the result of a serious injury, you may recover those from the people that injured you, the owner of the building, the general contractor, or any other subcontractor that may have caused your injury.
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