Brooklyn Construction Site Accident Lawyer
Of the millions of people who live and work in Brooklyn, construction workers are among the most likely to be injured in a job-related accident. There are many different hazards that can cause an accident at a construction site, from heavy equipment and power tools to hazardous chemicals and loose debris. Construction workers are not the only ones who can be injured at a construction site, as many of these hazards can also harm passersby.
Whether you work in construction and were injured on the job or were hurt while passing by a work site, a construction site accident lawyer can help you pursue the fair compensation you’re owed. The team at David Resnick & Associates, PC has decades of experience helping injured New Yorkers and has secured more than $150 million to date for them. No matter how severe your injuries or how complex your case is, we will make things easier for you as we aggressively defend your rights. Contact our office today for a free case review.
Accidents on Construction Sites in Brooklyn
Construction workers are at significant risk of being injured on the job, both in Brooklyn and across the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 174,000 construction workers nationwide suffered nonfatal injuries or illnesses in one recent year alone. Closer to home, the BLS reports that 13 construction workers in New York City died from work-related accidents that same year.
Furthermore, a report given to the State Comptroller by the city’s Department of Buildings found that more than 2,000 construction workers were injured across the five boroughs in a recent 30-month period. A dozen of the construction fatalities recorded during that same period took place in Manhattan or Brooklyn.
What Are Common Accidents that Cause Injury at Construction Sites?
All kinds of hazards can potentially cause a serious accident at a construction site in Brooklyn. Some of the most common types of construction accidents in the borough are:
- Heavy machinery accidents – Construction workers frequently use or work near heavy machinery. A worker who becomes trapped or entangled in this machinery could suffer serious injuries. Workers can also be hurt by heavy machinery if they are run over or if the equipment malfunctions or explodes.
- Transportation accidents – Bulldozers, forklifts, steamrollers, and other large construction vehicles can cause catastrophic injuries if they strike workers or passersby. Accidents involving regular passenger vehicles are also considered work-related if they happen at a work site or while conducting work-related errands.
- Falls while working off the ground – Many construction projects require workers to perform their tasks several stories above the ground. A worker who falls while they are at elevated heights is at serious risk of major injuries.
- Other fall accidents – A construction worker or passerby does not have to fall from heights to suffer debilitating injuries. Standing water, spilled chemicals, loose debris, and other hazards can cause people to slip and fall, potentially leading to serious injuries.
- Falling objects – Just as construction workers can suffer major injuries if they fall from heights, falling tools or other objects can cause massive injuries if they strike a worker or passerby.
- Workers being struck by heavy objects – Sometimes, workers suffer serious injuries when they are hit or pinned by heavy objects. These injuries can also happen when workers are moving or carrying heavy items.
- Building collapses – Buildings that are not up to code are at risk of suddenly collapsing, as was the case with a three-story gym in Brooklyn that collapsed recently. Any worker inside the building at the time is at risk of severe, life-threatening injuries.
- Fires and explosions – Gasoline and other chemicals found at construction sites can ignite or explode if placed too close to a heat source or if they come into contact with a stray spark. Similarly, heavy machinery used at construction sites can explode if it is not properly maintained or mishandled.
- Electrocution – There are many potential electrical hazards at a construction site, from loose or frayed wires to faulty components to stray power lines. A worker or passerby who is electrocuted could suffer serious burns or other injuries.
- Toxic chemicals – There are many chemicals found at construction sites that can injure workers if they are inhaled, ingested, or touched. Toxic chemical exposure is much more likely to occur if workers do not have proper safety equipment or do not receive adequate safety training.
What Are Common Injuries in Construction Accidents in Brooklyn
The nature of construction work means that job-site accidents frequently result in serious injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Crushed, severed, or amputated limbs
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Injuries to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains
What Kinds of Compensation Are Available for Construction Accident Victims?
The compensation you may be able to recover after a construction accident depends on several circumstances. If you were working at a construction site and you were injured on the job, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include full coverage of your medical bills as well as wage-loss/disability benefits to cover a portion of your lost wages.
Additionally, there are some circumstances under which you may be able to file a third-party personal injury claim if someone other than your employer caused the accident. For example, whoever owns the work site is required to maintain a safe premise. You may be able to sue them if you were injured because they failed to do so. New York also has a scaffold law requiring certain protections for workers working off the ground at a job site. You may be able to sue a general contractor if they fail to meet these requirements.
If you have grounds for a third-party lawsuit, either as a worker or a passerby, you can pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- The full amount of your lost wages
- Your reduced future earnings due to a long-term disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Contact Our Brooklyn Construction Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a construction site accident in Brooklyn, the team at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. is standing by to take your case. Contact our office today for a free consultation with our Brooklyn construction site accident attorneys and find out how much your case could be worth.