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Understanding New York City Construction Accident Cases

Construction work is a demanding and dangerous profession, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics citing at least 1 in 20 workers are involved in an accident each year. New York City skyscrapers are soaring to new heights more quickly than ever, while landmark buildings are undergoing perpetual upgrades and repairs. All this activity increases the likelihood of construction accidents – caused by defective equipment, trench cave-ins, or human error. Ladders and harnesses can fail. Or a surface can become unstable. A long-term medical condition can result from any number of scenarios, including a breakaway piece of scaffolding or equipment.

Despite taking necessary precautions and remaining mindful of hazards, work sites involve a multitude of contractors, subcontractors, fellow employees and day laborers operating equipment and performing separate tasks that contribute to uncontrolled and unsafe work environments that lead to serious injuries. Such injuries can be the difference between gainful employment and unpaid bedrest.

What workers’ comp coverage provides

Our experienced lawyers will help to protect your rights to file a workers’ compensation claim if you are injured on a New York City work site.Workers’ compensation benefits include:

Workers’ compensation benefits include:

  • Death Benefits
  • Potential Disability Benefits
  • Full Coverage of Medical Costs
  • Partial Compensation for Lost Income

Additional third-party damages we can pursue for you.

Our experienced Litman & Litman PC New York City construction accident lawyer will help determine if multiple parties are responsible for the harm you incurred. If so, damages from a third-party may be recovered in addition to the workers’ compensation claim. Third parties can include the general or sub-contractor, a manufacturer of faulty equipment; a company tasked with maintenance or a negligent supervisor.

Third-party damages may include:

  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost earnings ability and potential
  • Lost wages from past and future
  • Physical rehabilitation and other health expenses
  • Punitive damages

Contact Litman & Litman New York City Construction Accident Lawyers Today

f you have suffered an injury due to negligence on a construction site, you may have a right to compensation from your company or other responsible parties. Litman & Litman PC has the best lawyers working on New York City construction accident cases with expertise on the liability of property owners and contractors under workers’ compensation and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) laws that ensure safety measures are firmly implemented. f you have suffered an injury due to negligence on a construction site, you may have a right to compensation from your company or other responsible parties. Litman & Litman PC has the best lawyers working on New York City construction accident cases with expertise on the liability of property owners and contractors under workers’ compensation and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) laws that ensure safety measures are firmly implemented. Call us for a free consultation at our office, your home, or hospital. We know that a construction accident can have dire and devastating consequences for you and your entire family. Let us fight for the compensation you deserve.

Types of Construction Accident Cases We Represent: Types of Construction Accident Cases We Represent:

  • Falling Crane Accidents
  • Construction Site Falls
  • Injury by Crush of Heavy Equipment
  • Heavy Machinery Accident
  • Forklift Accident
  • Electrical Power Line Accidents
  • Construction Site Electrocutions
  • Injury by Falling Object
  • Trench Accident
  • OSHA Violation
  • Roof Collapses & Ceiling Falls
  • Amputation by Machinery 
  • Nail Gun Accident
  • Plant Explosion
  • Scaffolding Accident & Falls
  • Window Washing Accident
  • Exposure Toxic Materials on a Construction Site
  • Unsafe Equipment Accident
  • Welding Accident

Useful Terms in Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit Settlement or Awards

Actual Cash Value:  Or Market Value, the cost a vehicle is valued at if damaged or destroyed in an accident. Insurance companies pay the owners the actual cash value if the bus, truck or car is considered a total loss.
Additional Insured: This is another party other than the protected person or entity named in a vehicle's insurance policy.
Automobile Insurance: Insurance protects the owner against losses to his or her vehicle. Types of coverage include medical payments, bodily injury, property damage, collision and comprehensive physical vehicle damage. 
The Burden of Proof: The plaintiff, known as the individual who initiates a claim or lawsuit. The plaintiff must prove what occurred in the case. In a motor vehicle accident, the plaintiff establishes the burden of proof that the other party involved caused the accident.
Case: Any action, cause, lawsuit, proceeding or controversy initiated through the court system by filing a petition, indictment or complaint.

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Accident & Injury Law Glossary Of Terms

At Litman and Litman PC we take care of our clients as if they were part of our family. Even though we handle all the critical elements of your case, it can be helpful to know some of the legal terms that will be used in the paperwork and at trial. Abstract of Title: The chronologically ordered summary of all official records and recorded documents affecting the title to a piece of the real property.

Abstract of Title: A chronological summary of all official records and recorded documents affecting the title to a portion of the real property.
Accident Report: A detailed, formal account of an event documented from the scene of the incident by an authority figure.
Act of God: Natural causes, neither human interaction or intervention, resulting in an accident or event - including damage from storms, floods, earthquakes, and lightning.
Actual Cash Value: Also known as market value, it is the cost your vehicle could be sold just before it was destroyed or damaged in the car accident. Insurance companies typically pay the owner actual cash value if the vehicle is deemed a total loss.
Additional Insured: This is an individual other than the protected individual as named in the automobile insurance policy.
Adjudicate: To resolve a legal case.
Affidavit: A written declaration under oath.

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What to do if you've been injured by a defective product

The strength of your legal case is a direct result of the actions you take after a defective product has caused injury.

Seek medical attention. A record of your injury is of the utmost importance. Visit a doctor or hospital immediately upon sustaining a harmful product injury.
Report the accident. Do not give a verbal or written statement before speaking with a product liability lawyer. If at work, report the accident to your supervisor and contact your insurance company.

Compile evidence. Immediately take photographs of the accident location and the product that caused the accident. Write down your account of the situation, including your actions that preceded the accident. Get the contact information of any witnesses. 
Do not communicate on social media. Resist the impulse to share your experience publicly. Your legal case could be affected by the opposition taking your words and using them against you. 

Call Litman and Litman, P.C.  Taking swift action will influence the outcome of your case. With product liability cases, it’s essential to secure valuable evidence and record a clear account of the sequence of events. 

Call us today for a free evaluation by our proven product liability attorneys. You don’t pay us a penny unless we recover damages for you.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND NEED IMMEDIATE LEGAL ASSISTANCE PLEASE CALL: TOLL-FREE: 1-800-LAW-4334 (1-800-529-4334)JEFFREY E. LITMAN, ESQ. 516-353-1500  KEN LITMAN ESQ.  516-359-6333 We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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