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Construction Accidents

Construction work can be dangerous, and accidents on construction sites are not uncommon. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, it's important to understand your rights and the compensation that may be available to you. In addition to workers' compensation benefits, you may be entitled to additional compensation from other parties who played a role in causing your injury.

Common construction site accidents include:

  • Falls from heights

  • Electrocution

  • Explosions and fires

  • Trench collapses

  • Equipment failures

  • Crushing injuries

  • Chemical exposure

  • Struck-by accidents

  • Repetitive motion injuries

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There are two main types of damages that may be awarded: economic and non-economic.

Economic damages are those that have a specific monetary value, such as

  • Pain and suffering, including physical and emotional distress

  • Loss of enjoyment of life, if your injury has impacted your ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed

  • Loss of consortium, if your injury has impacted your relationship with your spouse or partner

  • Disfigurement and scarring if your injury has resulted in permanent physical changes.

In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior and to deter similar behavior in the future.

The specific damages you may be entitled to will depend on the circumstances of your case. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand what compensation you may be entitled to receive.

New York state requires contractors and property owners to provide reasonable protection for construction workers, including the use of appropriate safety equipment, training, and supervision. If these requirements are not met, the property owner or contractor may be liable for any injuries that occur as a result. 


In addition to your employer, there are several other parties who may be liable for your construction accident, including:

  • Property Owners: If the owner of the property where the construction work is taking place fails to provide a safe work environment, they may be liable for any injuries that occur.

  • Contractors and Subcontractors: Contractors and subcontractors have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their workers and to follow all applicable safety regulations. If they fail in this duty, they may be liable for any injuries that result.

  • Manufacturers of Defective Equipment or Tools: If a worker is injured due to a defect in a tool or piece of equipment, the manufacturer of that equipment may be liable under product liability laws.

  • Engineers and Architects: If a worker is injured due to a design flaw or inadequate safety measures, the engineer or architect who designed the project may be liable.

  • Negligent Third Parties: In some cases, third parties not directly involved in the construction work may contribute to a worker's injury, such as a driver who causes an accident while delivering materials to the site. These third parties may also be liable for the injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, it's important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve. Contact our boutique personal injury law firm today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal rights and options.

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