Conditions are continuously changing on construction sites. Employees, inspectors, and subcontractors must navigate these changing and hazardous conditions, all while trying to ensure the successful completion of the project and avoid a costly mistake. If construction companies fail to follow OSHA-mandates and other safety regulations, workers can become seriously injured or die.
Construction companies must ensure workers wear proper safety equipment, maintain appropriate scaffolding and guardrails, and warn of hazardous chemicals on site. The Occupation Safety and Health Act of 1970 also maintains that employers owe general duties that include:
Since these kinds of accidents can arise from various factors, different parties may be liable. Parties who could potentially be legally responsible for occupational injuries and the subsequent medical costs include:
In many cases, workers can recover damages for their injuries from partially or completely responsible parties, even if they are not their employer. If a worker is hurt due to factors other than job safety, such as defective tools or equipment, the injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer. The responsible party may be held liable for damages, including medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
It is imperative that you collect as much information as you can about the accident to determine the legally responsible party. The longer you wait to contact a New York construction accident lawyer, the harder it is to piece the events together. The lawyers at Grauman Law have a track record of success in maximizing injured workers’ recovery compensation.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident at a construction site, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and your legal rights:
The New York construction injury attorneys at Grauman Law have the experience to understand the complexity of these types of cases and the number of potential liable parties. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you to protect yourself and your legal rights.