Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction work is hard but necessary. It is also incredibly dangerous. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers in the construction industry face some of the highest rates of injury in the country.
If you are hurt in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer for any injuries that you suffered. In some circumstances, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party that caused your injuries through their negligence. In this way, you can recover the money that you need to move forward with your life after a construction accident.
With more than 150 years of combined experience, the Odierno Law Firm will aggressively advocate for your right to maximum compensation. Our Long Island construction accident attorneys will fully analyze every aspect of your case to ensure that you get the money that you deserve. We offer free initial consultations, and never charge a fee unless we recover money for you.
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Can I Sue for My Construction Accident?
Workplace injuries are typically covered by New York workers’ compensation. Through this no-fault system of insurance, injured workers can receive medical benefits and payments for lost wages. These benefits are an exclusive remedy, which means that in most cases, you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer for an on-the-job injury.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If your employer fails to obtain workers’ compensation insurance or intentionally injures you, then you can file a lawsuit against them. In addition, if a third party – someone other than your employer – causes your injuries, then you file a lawsuit against them with the help of a Long Island construction accident lawyer.
These cases are typically based on a theory of negligence, which is the failure to use the level of care that a reasonable person would use in a similar situation. An injured worker may be able to file a compensation claim against:
- The property owner;
- A construction company;
- A machine or equipment manufacturer;
- An architect;
- An engineer;
- A contractor or subcontractor;
- A fellow construction worker; or
- A city or government agency.
For example, if you are using a piece of equipment that fails and harms you, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, retailer, or designer of that equipment. That type of lawsuit is known as a products liability claim.
Our legal team represents injured construction workers who have been hurt on construction sites in many different ways, including:
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Welding accidents
- Dangerous or defective equipment
- Falling objects
- Electrical accidents
- Trench collapses
- Crane accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
When a worker dies as a result of an accident on a construction project, we also represent their survivors in a wrongful death claim.
Each of our cases begins with a free consultation. During this appointment, you’ll have a chance to tell your story to an experienced Long Island construction accident lawyer. We’ll offer you advice about your rights and options for filing a workers’ compensation claim and/or a personal injury lawsuit.
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How a Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help
After suffering an injury on a construction project, many injured workers may simply file a claim for workers’ comp benefits. Unfortunately, these benefits may not be enough to truly compensate you for your construction injuries. A seasoned personal injury lawyer can help you get top dollar for your losses.
At The Odierno Law Firm, we don’t sit back and accept what the insurance company is willing to offer. Instead, we aggressively pursue every possible avenue of compensation for our clients. We know that a construction injury can be devastating, and so we work hard to help our clients get the money that they deserve.
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay nothing upfront. If we don’t recover compensation, you don’t pay us a cent.
Our legal team has experience handling all types of construction injury cases, including those involving:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Catastrophic injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Fatal injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
Our law firm has won millions of dollars in injury claims and lawsuits and has handled thousands of claims. When possible, we settle cases with the insurance company. If necessary, we will take a claim to trial to ensure that all responsible parties are held liable.
We have significant experience in both workers’ compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits. As a result, we know what type of claim should be filed – and how to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Whether you need to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits or pursue a construction accident lawsuit, you can trust us to guide you through the process with skill and compassion.
When you face giant manufacturers and well-financed insurance companies, you cannot afford to be with an inexperienced lawyer. You need first-rate, seasoned legal representation. With our Long Island construction accident attorneys, not only can you find the high level of experience that you need on your side, but it will cost you nothing to start your case.
We are veteran negotiators and trial lawyers who proudly serve clients throughout Long Island, including Nassau, Queens, and Suffolk counties.
Types of Compensation for Construction Accidents
Workers’ compensation insurance provides three types of benefits: health care (medical benefits), lost wages, and in the case of a fatal injury, survivor benefits. These benefits can be a lifeline for injured construction worker and their family. Yet in many cases, they are not enough to fully compensate an injured worker for their losses.
Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for all of your construction accident injuries. This may include money for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In wrongful death lawsuits, survivors may also be able to recover money for loss of consortium and other losses.
In rare cases, punitive damages may also be available. These damages can be awarded where a wrongdoer acts intentionally or recklessly. A skilled Long Island construction accident attorney can help you determine whether you may be entitled to punitive damages for your construction site injury.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for a Construction Accident?
In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases – including product liability and premises liability claims – is 3 years. This means that, with a few exceptions, you have 3 years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Any workers’ compensation claim must be filed within 2 years of the date of the construction site accident.
The lawyers of the Odierno Law Firm can help make sure that all of your paperwork is filed properly and on time. We will work with experts, investigators, and others to build the strongest possible claim for compensation. Reach out today to schedule a free initial consultation with a Long Island construction accident attorney.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Construction Accident Case?
You are not required to hire a lawyer for a workers’ compensation claim. You may even be able to resolve a claim with a third party without the help of legal counsel. However, representing yourself can be a big risk – and will typically result in far less money than you would get if you had hired a construction accident lawyer.
These types of cases are incredibly complex. You may not even realize that you could file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ comp claim. Our lawyers will help you get the best possible recovery by using our knowledge of NY law and our extensive trial experience. Reach out today for a free consultation.
My Employer Doesn’t Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Can I Sue Them for My Construction Accident?
Yes. Employers in New York are required to purchase workers’ comp insurance. If they don’t have insurance, then you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them for any construction site injuries that you may have suffered at work.
The Odierno Law Firm exclusively represents accident victims – never employers, insurance companies, or big corporations. We’ll fight for your right to full compensation. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation with a Long Island construction accident lawyer.
Hurt in a Construction Accident? Give Our Law Firm a Call.
If you have been in an accident or developed an occupational illness while working on a construction project, you may be entitled to money for your medical treatment, lost wages, and more. A skilled construction accident attorney can help you get the compensation that you are entitled to under the law.
The Odierno Law Firm is dedicated to helping injury victims get maximum compensation for their injuries. We offer free initial consultations, and never charge a fee unless we recover money for you. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation with a Long Island construction accident attorney, give our law office a call at (631) 994-1868 or fill out our online contact form.
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Call The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. at (631) 752-8580 to discover your legal options in a free initial consultation!
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We are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. We are determined to fight for you. We have a no recovery, no fee policy, so you don’t pay unless we win.
- You Will Not Pay Us Unless We Win Your Case
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