Construction Accidents Involving Non-Employees

Accidents occur on construction sites almost every day. Injured victims may include employees and non-employees. Some injuries can be serious or possibly fatal. Construction accident cases involving non-employees are typically treated like other personal injury cases. The injured person can file a lawsuit against the liable parties including general contractors, sub-contractors, property owners and negligent employees. However, the injured victims must file their claim within three years from the date of the accident or injury.

Elements to Prove

In a construction accident case involving non-employees, the injured parties must prove two main elements to file a claim for compensation against the responsible parties. These elements are:

  • The responsible parties acted negligently or intentionally.
  • The accident caused the injuries.

Claiming Compensation

Construction accident victims can pursue damages by filing a personal injury claim. The compensation will depend on the severity of their injury and the financial losses sustained as a result of the accident. Injured victims can claim compensation for:

Medication costs: This includes all the medical expenses incurred from the time of the accident to the present day and any future medical costs such as cost of prescription drugs, medical examinations, hospitalization, travel expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and rehabilitation costs.

Loss of earnings: This includes any lost wages and earnings suffered as a result of the injury. Lost income must be verified by the injured victim’s employer.

Pain and suffering: This compensation is awarded depending on the severity and type of injury suffered as a result of the accident and how long it takes the claimant to recover.

Wrongful death: This compensation is awarded when the construction accident case involves loss of life. It covers funeral expenses and compensates deceased relatives for the loss of income, loss of love, loss of companionship and more.

As construction accident attorneys who have practiced construction accident law for years, we bring our knowledge and experience to delivering an effective strategy that protects and enforces your rights. If you or a family member has been the victim of a construction accident, contact us to find out how we can help you receive your rightful compensation. Call 866-700-0657 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

Common Construction Site Dangers and “The Fatal Four”

Construction sites are notoriously more dangerous and prone to accidents and injuries than other workplaces. Construction workers often work at significant heights, in deep pits, or in areas where demolition, structure collapse, or a falling object can quickly take a life. In addition, misuse of heavy equipment and machinery can leave a worker seriously injured or disabled. Approximately 58.1% of all construction fatalities are a result of “The Fatal Four”, which include:

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by Object
  • Caught in/between (usually including cave-ins)

Other than “the fatal four,” there are different types of construction site accidents which can occur, including:

  • Forklift accidents
  • Slips, Trips, and falls
  • Roofing accidents
  • Eye injuries from flying debris
  • Fires
  • Trench collapses
  • Building collapses
  • Toxic fumes
  • Falls from unprotected roofs
  • Crane Accidents
  • Scaffold Accidents
  • Defective power tools
  • Falling debris
  • Elevator and material lift accidents
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Worn or defective rope or cable
  • Welding accidents
  • Falls through unprotected holes
  • Nail gun accidents

As a construction worker, you have a right to a safe workplace. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, our construction accident attorneys can help. We have been helping victims of accidents and negligence in the Tri-State area recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. To speak to one of our construction accident attorneys, call 866-700-0657 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

Slide: Construction Accidents and Workers’ Compensation

Any worker injured in a construction accident may be entitled to compensation under worker’s compensation coverage. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact the construction accident attorneys at the Construction Accident Law Resource today. Our experienced and knowledgeable construction accident attorneys are ready to help you. Call 800-659-9318 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.


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Construction Accident Lawyers in the Bronx

Under New York law, the majority of construction site injuries are covered by Workers’ Compensation. If your accident was the result of the negligence of a supervisor, defective equipment or the property owner did not comply with OSHA requirements, you may be able to file a separate personal injury lawsuit. The construction accident attorneys at the Construction Accident Law Resource can help you receive the fairest possible compensation for your injuries and damages from the responsible parties.

Common Construction Accidents

Construction sites are inherently dangerous. Power tools, scaffolding, heavy trucks, falling debris and electrical wires can cause serious accidents. Property owners, general contractors, sub-contractors and manufacturers of the tools and equipment of the trade are responsible for ensuring the safety of construction site workers and visitors. When any of these people fail to do their duty, catastrophic accidents can occur, including injuries or deaths from:

  • Building and roof collapses
  • Falls from heights
  • Explosions
  • Electrocutions
  • Forklift accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Elevator crashes
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Ladder falls
  • Caught-in-between’ accidents

Under New York Labor Law Sections 240 and 241, construction workers who work from heights on ladders or scaffolding are given special consideration. Accident victims can hold contractors, supervisors, property owners and others responsible for their injuries or damages. When an accident occurs during the construction, repair or demolition of a building or structure and involves the use of ladders, scaffolding, hoists, stays, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons and ropes, you may be able to make a third party claim against another person or company.

As construction accident attorneys who have practiced law in the Bronx for years, we bring our knowledge and experience to you and will deliver a strategy to protect and enforce your rights. If you or a family member has been the victim of a construction accident, whether you are receiving Workers’ Compensation or not, contact us to find out how we can help you receive the fairest compensation possible for your injuries. Call 866-700-0657 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

Stress Fractures Due to Construction Site Accidents

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Due to the nature of their work, construction workers are exposed to a wide variety of injuries, including stress fracture, which is a small crack or serious bruising of the bone. If you have suffered a stress fracture, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Obtaining Workers’ Compensation benefits can be challenging. Therefore, the best course of action is to get the help of an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible.

What to Do if You Incur a Stress Fracture?
If you have sustained a stress fracture:

  • Get medical attention right away.
  • Report your injury to your supervisor or employer.
  • Record all the details of the injury.
  • Get a report of the incident, including photos of the injury, the work site and equipment which contributed to your injury.
  • Get relevant information from anyone who witnessed the incident.
  • Talk to a construction accident attorney.

Consult a Construction Accident Attorney
If you have sustained a stress fracture injury, contact the construction accident attorneys at the Construction Accident Law Resource. We have been helping injured victims recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and we can help you too. For a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, Call 866-700-0657 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

Construction Accident Eye Injuries and Workers’ Compensation

Construction Accident Eye Injuries

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, thousands of ‘on the job’ eye injuries occur every day. Workers who suffer an ‘on the job’ eye injury may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits for their injuries.

The Causes of Work Accident Eye Injuries
Some of the most common causes for ‘on the job’ eye injuries include:

  • Debris from hammering, sanding or masonry work
  • Windy conditions which blow debris into the eye
  • Sparks and UV radiation from welding
  • Exposure of the eye to powdered cement

Workers’ Compensation for Work Accident Eye Injuries
Workers who suffer ‘on the job’ eye injuries are eligible for Workers’ Compensation. The first thing to do after getting medical help is report your eye injury to your employer. You may then file a Workers’ Compensation claim within one year of the date of the injury. Workers’ Compensation benefits can be used to cover:

  • Medical expenses associated with diagnosing and treating your eye injury, including costs for seeing an eye specialist
  • Costs for therapy or special treatment procedures
  • Costs for medications and other items needed for your treatment
  • A portion of your lost wages if you missed work due to the injury

Contact Our Construction Accident Lawyer
Eye injuries can become serious, regardless how small the initial injury may be. If you or someone you love has suffered an ‘on the job’ eye injury, contact the construction accident lawyers at the Construction Accident Law Resource. Our experienced and knowledgeable construction accident attorneys are waiting to help you. Call 866-700-0657 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com

The Top Causes of Construction Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Construction Accidents

The construction industry is booming with new buildings going up and existing buildings being renovated. Unfortunately, with its rapid growth, there is also an increase in the number of construction accidents that leave workers injured or killed. According to OSHA, the leading cause of construction site accidents are falls, electrocution, ‘struck-by-object’ and ‘caught-in/between.’ These are considered the “fatal four” construction accidents.

Falls: Construction work involves workers climbing to great heights. Falls account for the most injuries and deaths at construction sites every year. These accidents may be caused by portable ladders, unguarded steel rebars, wall openings, unprotected edges and floor holes.
Prevention

  • Employers must provide guard rails and toe-boards around every elevated platform.
  • Employers must use safety harnesses, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.
  • Employers must provide the required personal protective equipment to workers and train workers about job hazards.

Electrocution: Electrocution is another leading cause of construction-related injuries and deaths. Power lines, inadequate grounding and faulty power cords are some of the most common reasons for electrocutions at construction sites.
Prevention

  • Employers should identify electrical hazards and post adequate warning signs.
  • Workers should never use faulty machinery or power tools that require electricity.
  • Employers must provide safety training and make sure that employees use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times.

Struck by object: ‘Struck by obect’ injuries occur when workers are hit by vehicles or flying objects at construction sites. ‘Struck by object’ accidents happen very suddenly and leave very little time for workers to react and move out of the way.
Prevention

  • Employees must avoid areas where work is being performed above them.
  • Employees musts wear hard hats at all times while on the construction site.
  • Employees must avoid overloading heavy lifting machines beyond their capacity.

Caught-in/between: ‘Caught-in/between’ accidents happen when a worker’s body parts are caught, crushed or squeezed between two or more objects, such as unguarded machinery and equipment rollovers.
Prevention

  • Employees must familiarize themselves with equipment to know where the pinch, sheer, wrap and crush points are located.
  • Employees must shut down equipment before doing repairs or inspections.
  • Employers must encourage employees to wear close-fitting clothing and pull back long hair into a bun.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, our construction accident attorneys can help. We have been helping victims of accidents and negligence in the Tri-State area recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. To speak to one of our construction accident attorneys, call 866-700-0657 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

Construction Accidents and Workers’ Compensation

Construction site work

A construction site is a dangerous place to work. Any worker injured on a construction site may be entitled to compensation through the employer’s Workers’ Compensation coverage. Workers’ Compensation is a state-mandated program that consists of benefits that are paid to workers when they are injured on the job.

Every employer is required to have Workers’ Compensation insurance to cover their workers in the event of an accident. Under Workers’ Compensation insurance, an injured worker may be entitled to the following:

Medical Treatment
An injured victim has the right to all reasonable and necessary medical treatments to cure or relieve the effects of his or her injury. This may include medical bills, prescriptions and hospital visits. In some cases, if a victim needs equipment to help deal with his or her injury, Workers’ Compensation may also cover the cost of buying the equipment. Workers’ Compensation may also cover services such as counseling, pain therapy and acupuncture.

Temporary Disability
If the injuries cause a victim to take time away from work, he or she may be entitled to temporary disability payments. This is usually calculated at two-thirds of their average weekly gross pay every two weeks.

Permanent Disability
If the injuries cause a permanent impairment, a victim may be entitled to a monetary award. The amount will depend on how much limitation the injuries have caused. The worker’s age, occupation and earnings at the time of the injury are other factors taken into consideration.

Vocational Rehabilitation
If the injury prevents an injured worker from returning to his or her former job, the employer must provide assistance in getting another job. During vocational rehabilitation, a victim may be entitled to partial income from the employer.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact the construction accident attorneys at the Construction Accident Law Resource today. Our experienced and knowledgeable construction accident attorneys are ready to help you. Call 866-700-0657 or email dervishi@dervishilaw.com.

Fall Safety Protection Training Can Prevent Construction Accidents

Worker working at height

Falls from great heights is the number one cause of construction accidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), many construction workers avoid using proper fall protection equipment each time they work at great heights. Unfortunately, fall protection is one of the most commonly overlooked safety procedures at construction sites.

Fall protection training can help prevent accidents at construction sites. During fall protection training, construction workers learn how to prevent falls and injuries while working at great heights. This training includes instructions on regulations and standards that workers are expected to uphold as well as training with safety harnesses and other equipment.

Per OSHA’s guidelines, fall protection training must be given by a person qualified to provide instruction including how to properly build, maintain and disassemble fall protection systems.

Fall protection training is the responsibility of everyone involved in the construction industry, such as:

Workers: Workers need to make sure that they comply with what they have learned and act responsibly. Workers also have a legal duty to watch for potential fall hazards or unsafe behavior and report them immediately to site supervisors.

Supervisors: Supervisors are responsible for making sure employees working at great heights receive proper training for fall prevention. They must also ensure that safety standards are being met and equipment is properly inspected on a regular basis.

The Construction Company: The construction company is responsible for making sure that the appropriate fall protection training is given to all workers that work at great heights. They must provide training materials to supervisors and replace defective equipment and tools to prevent accidents.

If you or someone you love has been injured while working at great heights for a construction company, the construction accident attorneys at Construction Accident Law Resource can help. Our experienced and knowledgeable construction accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting and enforcing your rights. Call 866-700-0657 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.