What do you do if you’re injured at a construction site?
Construction sites can pose a danger to workers and innocent bystanders, and injuries can be caused by a number of factors. Injuries sustained range from the most common and minor accidents such as a slip and fall to more serious injuries that may require immediate medical attention and hospitalization, and in the worst case, death.
What are the most common risks associated with construction sites?
There are many different types of injuries that can occur in an active construction site, including falls (from heights or street-level slip and falls), electrical shocks, cuts and lacerations with power tools, being struck by falling building materials, tools or other falling objects, and injuries caused by trench digging or excavation accidents including the failure of excavation equipment and machinery, among others.
According to OSHA, 85% of all the citations and 90% of the resulting fines associated with construction accidents have to do with the above risks.
What to do right when an injury occurs at a construction site?
If you or a family member has been involved in an accident at a construction site—either because you work there or because you were passing through the area—and as a result you suffered a minor or more severe injury, the first thing to do is to seek first aid or medical attention as soon as possible.
After this, it is important that you call your insurance company, to take care of all the medical expenses involved. As soon as possible, you should also request the advice of a lawyer to evaluate the consequences of your injuries suffered on a short, medium and long term basis.
Will your income earning potential be affected? Will your quality of life decrease? Will you lose future opportunities for work or promotions? To help you answer these questions, you can call and consult with the experienced team of lawyers at Greenberg & Stein.
We will help you assess the cause and the circumstances in which the accident occurred and the level of responsibility of the construction company.
There are many unfortunate circumstances that can lead to injury, including the company not taking the appropriate work safety measures, the necessary signs or warnings weren’t in place, the necessary protection equipment or adequate training was not provided, or the risks associated with the activity were not conveyed to the employees. If the accident occurred in any of these situations or you are simply in doubt about how and why the accident occurred, we can help guide you to an effective and successful resolution of your case and any legal claim that may arise.
If you suffered another type of accident or injury not specified above at a construction site, you may still be entitled to compensation. We can offer you a perspective based on our wide experience in all manner of cases, including those that are not the most common and aren’t mentioned among the statistics.
At Greenberg & Stein we have more than 75 years of combined experience and can help you navigate your legal rights. If you or a family member has suffered a work-related or personal accident and you need a construction injury lawyer in New York, call us for a free consultation about your case. We offer our clients free consultations and representation until we have successfully settled their case. Trust us and our experience, contact us today at 888-411-3966.