Every day, at least one New York construction worker is injured in a workplace accident. Often, these accidents cause severe injuries due to the heavy machinery and/or hazardous materials commonly used for construction work. When you or a loved one is injured in a construction accident, New York construction accident lawyers can help you recover damages to pay for medical bills and more.
As experienced New York construction accident attorneys, Schwartzapfel Lawyers are well-equipped and ready to assist with your upcoming lawsuit, arbitration case, or insurance negotiation. You can contact us today for a free case evaluation at (516) 342-2200.
Don’t wait, as your window to recover damages may soon be closed forever. Instead, act now and allow Schwartzapfel Lawyers the honor and privilege of fighting – and winning – for you!
Construction Accidents in New York
Construction accidents are far from uncommon in New York City and the larger Empire State area. For example, the New York City Department of Buildings recorded nearly 500 construction-related accidents in 2020 alone. In addition, there were over 500 construction-related injuries and eight construction-related fatalities in NYC in the same year, and even more across the wider New York State.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics further indicates that the construction industry is the most dangerous for workers in New York City. For example, there were 59 fatal work injuries in 2020 throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens. Most of these were construction site injuries, attributable in cause to a variety of factors such as:
- Forklift accidents
- Crane accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falls from any height
- Falling objects or other issues with pieces of equipment
All of this highlights the importance of knowing who to contact if you or a loved one are injured while on the job at a construction worksite. Different types of construction accidents can lead to serious injuries, including but not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Spinal damage
- Concussions and/or other traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- External lacerations and/or internal bleeding
Burns (e.g. chemical, thermal, electrical, etc.)Even worse, many construction accidents cause injuries such that injured workers can’t return to work for some time, or ever again. For people whose finances were already on edge, a single accident can start a spiral into financial uncertainty.
In these cases, a successful lawsuit or insurance claim could mean the difference between paying your medical bills and facing severe repercussions. If someone is responsible for your injuries — whether it’s a general contractor, subcontractors, or someone else — don’t let them get away with it. Hire construction injury attorneys to fight your personal injury case in court.
Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers at 1-516-342-2200 to speak with one of our elite New York construction accident attorneys today!
Negligence in Construction Accidents
Although some construction accidents are no one’s fault, others are caused by negligent parties. Negligence means that someone deliberately or ignorantly acted unsafely, causing the injuries of an accident victim.
Unfortunately, negligence is all too common among construction sites. Some examples of construction accident negligence include:
- A worksite supervisor does not provide employees with proper safety gear, like hardhats. As a result, any injured employees may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the site supervisor or organization overall.
- A property owner does not inform employees about a dangerous gas hazard at a job site. If the employees are injured, that contractor may be held liable for a lawsuit.
- A heavy machinery manufacturer does not alert a construction contractor that one of their tools was recalled because of safety concerns. If the tool malfunctions and causes injuries, the machinery manufacturer could be liable for a construction accident lawsuit.
In all of these circumstances and more, a person or party deliberately ignored safety procedures or covered up the truth.
Although negligence can be the cause of your construction accident injuries, proving it can be difficult. That’s why knowledgeable construction accident attorneys are such important parts of any successful injury claim and why you should call our law office at (516) 342-2200.
To prove negligence, you often have to recover a significant amount of evidence proving your case. This can include camera footage, eyewitness accounts, and more.
What Do Construction Accidents Lawyers Do?
Construction accident lawyers such as Schwartzapfel Lawyers can significantly aid your upcoming lawsuit, arbitration case, and/or insurance claim.
For starters, we can collect evidence on your behalf while you recover from your injuries. Many construction accident injuries are debilitating or very challenging. You don’t need to put the burden of recovering camera footage or medical notes on your shoulders. Instead, we can do it for you and organize evidence for presentation at an arbitration meeting or court date for your personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim.
Negotiate With Insurers
Furthermore, Schwartzapfel Lawyers can negotiate with insurers for you. If you were injured on the job, you might be able to file a successful workers’ comp claim. On top of that, we can negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
In many cases, simply having good legal representation on your side is enough to avoid a lawsuit entirely, which can be costly and time-consuming. Many insurance companies for organizations like construction companies will acquiesce and pay you what you deserve if we threaten to take them to court.
Help With Workers’ Comp
Should your legitimate workers’ compensation insurance claim be denied by an insurance company, Schwartzapfel Lawyers will get to work ensuring you recover the insurance payout you need to financially and physically recover. We can prove that your injuries were sustained while on the job and while not breaching company safety protocols. Furthermore, we will provide legal advice and help you file your claim for workers’ compensation benefits so that you don’t get unfairly denied.
We’ll also fight for you when the insurance company tries to dismiss your claim on a technicality, such as by referring to specific language that excludes various types of injuries. We know that many insurance companies don’t want to pay money to injured construction workers, even if claims are legitimate. With the help of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, you won’t need to worry about this negatively affecting your finances.
Why Schwartzapfel Lawyers Are Right for You
There are many construction accident lawyers one could contact, but Schwartzapfel Lawyers are the best for your upcoming case.
History of Successful Case Verdicts
Along with our history of successful case verdicts, our personal injury lawyers come equipped with more than 150 years of combined experience that has yielded millions of dollars in settlements for New York construction workers. This experience can easily be brought to bear on your upcoming lawsuit or arbitration case.
Want proof? You can check out our testimonials page for examples of successful cases where we’ve helped other New Yorkers. Alternatively, check out this specific example of how Schwartzapfel Lawyers helped the family of a New York construction accident worker who fell off a roof at a NYC construction site.
Immediate Dedication to All Clients
Schwartzapfel Lawyers commits fully to each of our clients, no matter what. We don’t do the bare minimum or treat some clients better than others. When you hire Schwartzapfel Lawyers, we get right to work gathering evidence, visiting the scene of the accident, and performing other vital tasks that will strengthen a potential lawsuit.
We’ll keep you informed and updated throughout the process and will even coach you if you need to make a court appearance. With our help, you’ll feel calm and in control of the legal process instead of overwhelmed and confused.
No Fee Unless We Win
We also know just how difficult it is to pay for medical bills and other expenses that can quickly rack up when you aren’t at work, as you’re recovering from your NYC construction accident. When you hire Schwartzapfel Lawyers for your construction accident case, you won’t ever have to worry about paying for legal representation unless we win.
That’s right: our legal team operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that none of our clients ever pay us a dime unless we recover damages for their cases. In short: if you don’t win, we don’t win. That’s how confident we are in our ability to secure damages for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Money lost from time recovering away from work
- Pain and suffering or other non-economic damages
- Long-term damages for loss of ability in the case of disability or severe injuries
Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you’ve already suffered enough. Don’t place an additional burden on your shoulders by navigating the legal field alone. Instead, contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers and let us help you through the intricacies of the legal system without breaking the bank.
When you contact our law firm today, we’ll get started with a free case evaluation and break down your legal options. We can help you determine who’s at fault for your accident, whether they are liable for a lawsuit, and also your best options going forward. Then, once you decide, we’ll get to work carrying out your wishes.
Why wait? Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers today for a free consultation at 1-516-342-2200 or visit us online for more information.
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