Hudson Valley Construction Accident Lawyers
The New York personal injury attorneys at Dupée & Monroe, P.C. represent people who have been injured in construction accidents ranging from injured construction site workers to bystanders, as well as families who have lost a loved one in a construction accident. Construction sites are inherently dangerous places and are a leading source of workplace injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, New York construction injuries and fatalities are on the rise. According to city records, the number of jobsite accidents in New York City increased 31percent from fiscal 2011 to 2012, from 119 to 157, and the number of injuries rose 46 percent from 128 to 187. Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction fatalities jumped from 28 to 40 in the New York metro area between 2010 and 2011.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Liability
Construction workers who are injured on the job may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover the costs of their medical care and rehabilitation and provide some measure of wage replacement while they cannot work. But workers’ compensation benefits are generally far less than one would recover in a personal injury negligence lawsuit, and the benefits may not fully reimburse the injured employee for all costs and expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In addition to workers’ compensation, there are often instances where a third party (other than the employer) may be liable for the damages caused. An example would be a vendor driving onto the site to deliver supplies and causes an injury to another by driving or unloading negligently. A defective product may also be responsible for causing injuries, giving rise to a potential products liability claim. Or there may be a premises liability case if the construction is being performed on dangerous or unsafe property, and the owner failed to warn of the danger or repair the hazardous condition.
Dupée & Monroe handles all types of construction accidents, including:
- Falls from ladders
- Falls from scaffolding
- Falling objects
- Scissor lift and crane accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Defective power tools
- Electrocution and burn injuries
- Trenching and excavation accidents
- Injuries caused by equipment failures
- Excavator accident
- Slip/trip and falls on the construction site
- Deck/roof collapse
Injuries to Bystanders at Construction Sites
Besides construction workers, bystanders may also be injured in or near construction zones. Demolition and construction in city areas pose serious risks to passers-by from falling objects, scaffold collapses, or crane accidents. Sidewalk and street repair often force pedestrians into close proximity with cars and other vehicles, increasing the risk that a pedestrian may be injured in a collision. Highway road construction often poses increased risks of auto accidents, especially if the construction zone is not adequately zoned off or posted. Due to their unprotected nature, motorcycles and bicycles are particularly susceptible to debris blown onto the roadway from the construction site, which can cause a rider to flip or skid.
Contact Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers in Goshen
Our firm has been helping people for decades who have been injured on the job or due to the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of others. We put our knowledge and experience to work in getting the maximum compensation available. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in Goshen, the Hudson Valley or anywhere in New York, contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C. today for a free consultation and immediate assistance.