Construction Accident Liability

Steven Schwartzapfel Feb 10, 2016

If you have been injured in a construction accident you may be dealing with significant injuries. Medical costs can skyrocket, and all the while, you are unable to return to work. You may be wondering if you are entitled to construction accident compensation for your injuries, and if so, who is liable?

Various Parties May be Liable

When you are injured in a construction accident there may be multiple parties responsible for your injuries. Liability may rest with the contractors, subcontractors, managers, as well as numerous other entities. While New York State construction law is constantly evolving on this issue, Sections 200, 240, and 241 of the N.Y. Labor Law states that construction accident workers are entitled to legal protections that can hold contractors, manufacturers, and property owners liable.

Workers’ Compensation is not Sufficient in Most Cases

It is important to realize that more than likely, if you have been injured in a construction accident, Workers’ Compensation will not fully cover the costs of your injuries. It is important to speak with legal counsel, such as a NY construction accident attorney, to determine if there are any third parties that can also be held accountable for your injuries.

Your Right to Pursue a Third Party Claim

In New York State injured workers cannot sue their employers for their injuries. However, if the negligence of a third party contributed to the accident, you may be entitled to bring an action against this party in addition to any Workers’ Compensation claims you may have made. These third parties can include the owners, manufacturers, and architects involved. Oftentimes, this means that the law may hold not only a negligent construction company liable, but also will hold the property owner and general contractor vicariously liable for the other companies’ negligence.

Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. Today

While there are strict statutes and regulations in place to ensure safe construction work practices, accidents happen. It is important to take prompt action to ensure that your rights are protected, and that you receive the construction accident compensation you deserve. Contact a NY construction accident attorney at Schwartzapfel Lawyers for advice. We have over 150 years of combined experience, and can help you get the benefits and compensation you deserve. Call us today at 1-877-737-4806 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We will Fight For You!

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