According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction-related injuries and fatalities are on the rise in NYC. And while construction workers remain the most at risk as a group, NYC pedestrians are being seriously injured in construction-related accidents at an alarming rate.
This is why if you or someone you love has been injured as a pedestrian in a construction-related accident in NYC, knowing your rights is incredibly important, as they can keep you and your family from losing the money and benefits you are entitled to.
Please, don’t gamble with your future. Be proactive; protect yourself starting today.
You can do this by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 1-800–966-4999 and speaking with an expert construction accident attorney who will fight to get you the money and benefits you are entitled to — by law — so that you may focus on what’s important: getting better.
For more on pedestrian construction accidents, NYC personal injury law, and practical steps you can take to keep you and your family safe, please continue reading.
Types of pedestrian construction accidents in NYC
In NYC, the simple act of walking down the street can be a matter of life or death. Every minute of every day, pedestrians are forced to bypass familiar sidewalks and roadways that have been closed suddenly due to construction and made to take dangerous detours through areas brimming with scaffolding and lacking in supervision. As a result, preventable accidents and injuries occur. And while causes of pedestrian construction accidents vary, common examples in NYC include but are not limited to:
Falls from any height — These continue to be the top cause of construction fatalities in New York State and NYC.
Falling objects — The sudden impact of fallen debris, worker tools, or workers themselves can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), paralysis, and even death.
Slips, trips, and falls — The accidents can be caused by broken, cracked, raised, or slippery walkways and regularly send pedestrians to the ER with strains, sprains, and broken bones.
Motor vehicle crashes — Whether due to defective parts, unsafe driving conditions, or human error, these accidents can be fatal.
Inadequate warning signs — Every NYC construction site should be properly equipped with all necessary signs, cones, caution tape, supervision, and lighting. A failure to comply on any level puts all on-site workers and pedestrians at great risk.
To learn more about NYC construction accidents and your rights as a pedestrian, speak with an experienced construction accident attorney today. Call 1-800-966-4999.
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Accident-related injuries and losses
In any NYC construction accident involving pedestrians, accident-related injuries and losses can occur. Common physical injuries include but are not limited to:
(e.g. leg, arm, and hip fractures) - Directly and indirectly, caused by inclement weather conditions.
(e.g. brain injury, skull fractures, brain hemorrhaging)
External cuts, internal bleeding
Sprains, strains, and tears
Disc bulges and herniations
Internal organ damage
Full or partial paralysis
(e.g. quadriplegia, paraplegia)
As well, with even the mildest of injuries, mental suffering can occur due to the trauma and physical effects of an accident. Examples of psychological conditions, many of which develop over time and can worsen without treatment, span:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acute stress disorder (ASD)
- Substance abuse disorder (SAD)
Suffice it to say: Construction-related injuries are a serious matter that requires immediate medical attention. Accordingly, after an accident, it is of the highest priority to receive proper care so that you may focus on personal recovery. An experienced attorney can ensure that this is made possible.
Speaking with an expert construction accident attorney is also important because, oftentimes, losses do not stop with the physical and mental tolls brought forth by construction accidents, as injured pedestrians commonly suffer economic losses in the forms of:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of pension, annuity, and other retirement benefits
- Loss of health and social security benefits
- Medical/rehabilitative costs
- Personal aide/housework costs
After suffering a construction-related injury, you deserve every cent and every benefit owed to you by law. So, please, protect your health and your financial future before it’s too late. Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers and allow us the honor and privilege of fighting for you.
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I’m a pedestrian who was injured by a construction site in NYC: Do I have a case?
Anytime someone dies or suffers injuries as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, that person may have a case. In the event that a lawyer tells you that you do not have a case, seek another opinion immediately. Don’t simply accept one lawyer’s refusal as proof positive that you do not have a personal injury case.
Like most things in life, law has become highly complex and specialized. Gone are the days of general practitioners and jack-of-all-trades. As such, you will not want a lawyer that handles real estate closings, commercial transactions, or your run-of-the-mill auto accident giving you advice if you or a family member has been seriously injured in a construction accident.
Furthermore, with any given accident, there may be multiple causes, theories of liability, and multiple defendants responsible for the incident. And so, it is imperative that you retain a personal injury lawyer of the highest caliber — someone with experience, expertise, and a proven record of successfully handling the particular claim or type of construction accident that caused you or your loved one’s injuries.
To learn about specific options as they relate to your construction accident claim, call Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 1-800-966-4999.
Pedestrian involved in a construction-related accident: Steps to take after-the-fact
At the outset of any accident, receiving proper medical care is a must for your physical and mental recovery. As such, whether you have been injured as a pedestrian or worker, first and foremost: Get help. Please, if you can, seek medical attention at the emergency room, urgent care, or go see your doctor right away. Because regardless of whether you believe you need immediate assistance, when it comes to construction-related accidents and injuries, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Next, one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family’s financial future is to secure expert legal representation. And on a related note, please do not give statements to anyone — including insurance agents — without first speaking to your lawyer. Why? Because anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you.
The sad truth is that insurance companies and their agents are not your allies. Their job is to make profits for their company’s shareholders, which they will try to do by using your words against you in an attempt to pay you as little as possible. Thankfully, you can stop this from happening by politely but firmly stating that you have retained a construction accident attorney who they can speak to.
Finding the right attorney… for YOU
For more than thirty-five years, Schwartzapfel Lawyers has successfully helped thousands of clients get the money and benefits they are entitled to. We are proud of our hundreds of 5-star Google Reviews and 99% client satisfaction record. Moreover, we have every incentive to get you the largest settlement or verdict possible as quickly as possible. Why? Because if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing!
So, if you or someone you love has been involved in a construction-related accident, act now and contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers for your free consultation.
The clock is ticking. Call 1-800-966-4999 to secure your financial future by speaking with a Schwartzapfel Lawyers construction accident attorney at no charge.