Construction work is grueling — tough labor compounded by the constant risk of incurring an injury that keeps you off the job for days, weeks, months, even permanently. Coordinating tasks among dozens of subcontractors and tradesmen creates additional complications — and the potential for small oversights that can cause huge accidents.
If you or a loved one has been hurt on the job site, don’t let an employer or an insurer tell you what do. Talk to the experienced Albany construction accident attorneys at Belluck & Fox.
Table of Contents
- 1 Trusted Construction Accident Law Firm – We Fight Aggressively for You
- 2 Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Your Only Option After a Construction Site Injury
- 3 Who Can Be Held Liable for a Construction Accident in New York?
- 4 Construction Injury Claims and Legal Compensation
- 5 Bystander Injuries at Construction Sites
- 6 Rights of Undocumented Workers Injured on the Job
- 7 Asbestos Use at Construction Sites
- 8 Common Causes of Accident Injury
- 9 Common Injuries
- 10 Understanding New York’s Scaffold Law
Trusted Construction Accident Law Firm – We Fight Aggressively for You
Construction is one of the most dangerous lines of work. And all too often, workers feel like they’re left out in the cold when they suffer an on-the-job injury. Employers and insurance companies can be difficult to deal with, and families are just worried about making ends meet.
At Belluck & Fox, LLP, we have more than two decades of experience in advocating for injured construction workers and their families involved in all types of job-related accidents. We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
Count on our experienced New York construction injury lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way.
Our law firm provides a free, no-obligation consultation on your case.
We only charge legal fees on your construction accident claim if and when we obtain payment for you.
Our legal team develops a smart legal strategy to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.
Over the years, our nationally recognized attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion for injured clients and their relatives.
Our attorneys treat you and your loved ones with respect and compassion.
We pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer service. As one client said of firm partner Joseph Belluck: “He was first of all comforting … so I didn’t feel that my husband was just ‘one of many clients’ but that Joseph cared to find out who my husband was.”
Don’t let an insurance company or your employer tell you what do. If you have been hurt at a job site, you need to discuss what happened with our skilled Albany construction accident attorneys. Call us today at (518) 621-2699 to schedule a free consultation.
Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Your Only Option After a Construction Site Injury
Although workers’ compensation is traditionally where injured workers turn for financial benefits after an accident on the job, there may be additional options for compensation available to you. Depending on the type of accident and who was at fault, for instance:
- New York State has a “Scaffold Law” that protects workers injured in falls and other elevation-related incidents, allowing workers to seek compensation from owners, contractors and their agents.
- If your accident was caused by someone who works for a subcontractor, you may pursue compensation from that person’s employer.
- If your accident involved dangerous equipment or machinery with a defective part, you may pursue compensation from the manufacturer or any distributor.
- If you were hurt in a car accident on site, you may be able to pursue compensation through the driver’s auto insurance.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Construction Accident in New York?
Our New York construction accident attorneys investigate what caused your injury with the goal of identifying every party that can be held accountable. We find that in many accidents at construction sites, an injured person is entitled to more than the typical benefits that workers’ compensation provides.
Circumstances vary by case, of course, but here are some parties from whom we could demand compensation:
- Owners of the construction site and property
- General contractors
- Manufacturers or distributors of defective equipment
- Drivers of vehicles that caused the accident
Always report your accident to your supervisor and seek medical treatment immediately. Then contact our Albany personal injury attorneys at Belluck & Fox, LLP as soon as possible.
Construction Injury Claims and Legal Compensation
Serious injuries can take an immense toll on people’s lives. In addition to missed paychecks and mounting hospital bills, people with catastrophic injuries may no longer be able to enjoy certain activities — and their families can suffer alongside them. Our Albany construction accident attorneys consider all these factors when we calculate how much compensation to demand on your behalf.
We may seek payment for the following:
- Payment for past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages, along with expected diminished future earnings
- Awards for pain and suffering
- Punitive damages (in cases of criminal wrongdoing or extreme misconduct)
You may be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim if your loved one died as a result of a construction accident.
Only a personal representative of the victim’s estate, such as a spouse or other loved one named in a will, can file such claims. Damages recovered through a wrongful death claim are distributed to survivors in compliance with New York State law or based on instructions in the deceased’s will.
A variety of factors influence the value of your claim:
the injury’s severity, the cost of medical care, any injury-related rehabilitation expenses, current lost wages and any expected loss of income, the amount of pain and suffering you have endured, etc. No one can tell you upfront exactly how much your claim is worth. A detailed investigation is needed to prove the extent of damages you have suffered.
Our veteran Albany construction accident attorneys are committed to pursuing maximum compensation in your case.
We’ll conduct a thorough investigation into your accident and document extensively the severity of your injury and how this has affected your life.
How Long Will My Injury Claim Take?
Many times, cases can be resolved within 9 to 12 months — and often with a settlement. However, some cases do go all the way to trial and result in a jury verdict or judgment.
Regardless of the path your case takes, Belluck & Fox will advocate for you every step of the way to ensure you meet all deadlines. Our goal is to recover the full compensation you and your family deserve.
Bystander Injuries at Construction Sites
Bystanders can suffer serious injuries on or near job sites due to negligence on the part of construction workers, property owners, contractors, project managers, vendors and others responsible for safety at the work site.
People who simply visit these sites or pass by them also have the right to pursue compensation if they are hurt. Talk to an experienced Albany construction accident attorney as soon as possible to sort through your options.
Rights of Undocumented Workers Injured on the Job
Undocumented workers who are injured on the job are often worried about reporting their injury and seeking legal help. The truth is: As long as the worker did not provide false papers to the employer to get the job, undocumented immigrant laborers have the same legal protections and avenues to compensation as their co-workers.
Belluck & Fox fights for undocumented workers who are hurt on construction sites. Contact us today to learn more about your rights.
Asbestos Use at Construction Sites
Construction sites throughout New York, including Albany, frequently used asbestos materials years ago ─ and workers are still at risk of asbestos exposure today as they demolish and renovate older buildings that contain these materials.
Mesothelioma is a devastating cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. It can develop up to 60 years after a person’s exposure.
If you were exposed to asbestos decades ago but were only recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or another asbestos illness, you are entitled to pursue compensation from those companies that failed to warn you of the dangers of asbestos.
Our asbestos attorneys at Belluck & Fox has secured more than $1 billion over the years for people harmed by asbestos. For more information about what we can do for you, please contact us today at (518) 621-2699, or download a free mesothelioma information package.
Common Causes of Accident Injury
Four types of accidents are the most common in the construction industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These “Fatal Four” are:
- Falls, such as from ladders or scaffolding
- Electrocution or electrical injuries, such as unsafe grounding of electrical systems or shocks from defective equipment
- Being struck by a falling object
- Being caught between, in or under heavy equipment or objects, such as a crane or forklift
No matter what type of construction accidents injured you, you need to speak with our experienced Albany construction accident lawyers as soon as you can to learn about your rights.
Construction site accidents can leave workers with serious if not life-threatening injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists these injuries as the most common ones on construction sites:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Fractured or crushed bones
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb or digit, including traumatic amputation
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Heat stroke
- Cuts and lacerations
These types of injuries are not only expensive to treat but can prevent you from working and supporting your family. Please call us today at (518) 621-2699 to learn about the compensation we can pursue to help you and your loved ones.
Understanding New York’s Scaffold Law
As New York City’s skyscrapers took shape in 1885, the state took steps to protect the workers risking their lives to build the Big Apple’s high-rises. More than a century later, this “Scaffold Law” still protects construction workers’ rights to seek full compensation when working up high.
Under Labor Law Section 240, also known as the Scaffold Law, New York State allows workers who fall from scaffolding or have other height-related injuries to demand compensation from whoever should have been responsible for their safety.
Claims made under New York’s Scaffold Law allow for compensation beyond what workers’ compensation provides because fall-related injuries can be so severe. Traditional workers’ compensation relief addresses a portion of lost wages, medical expenses, and death benefits for those workers injured on the job and their beneficiaries. But under New York State’s Scaffold Law, construction workers who suffer “gravity-related injuries” or who are injured while “working at heights” can pursue additional compensation.
Let Our Construction Accident Attorneys Help You
If you or a family member has been hurt in a construction accident in Albany, Latham, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs or the surrounding area, you should know that there are strict time limits for filing a compensation claim.
Contact the skilled Capital District construction accidents attorneys at Belluck & Fox today at (518) 621-2699, or fill out our online form to start your claim and let us fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.