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Queens Construction Accident LawyerEven when safety rules and regulations are followed, construction job sites are dangerous. If you or a loved one have been hurt on a construction site in Queens, NY, you may have a legitimate claim for financial compensation. 

The knowledgeable Queens construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, can help you by fighting to get you the full compensation you deserve. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation with one of the experienced attorneys at our NYC law firm. 

How Can the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, Help Me After a Construction Accident in Queens?

workers' compensationUnder New York state law, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, damages in a personal injury claim, or both.  Insurance companies, employers, property owners, and general contractors are only out to make money and will want to make it hard for you to get the compensation you deserve. 

Our competent Queens personal injury lawyers will help you pursue the maximum compensation to which you might be entitled. 

At the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, we have been fighting for accident victims in Queens and across New York City since 2007. We have 25+ years of experience handling complex legal disputes and are among the most highly respected trial attorneys in the tri-state area. You can count on our legal team to fight to get you every cent you deserve after you’ve been hurt on the job.

When you hire us, we will:

  • Provide full-service legal representation relating to your construction accident case, from helping with any potential workers’ compensation claims to dealing with insurance companies
  • Undertake a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident
  • Identify all parties that may be liable for your losses and use that information to hold them accountable
  • Work with New York’s leading experts to support the valuations of your medical injuries, financial losses, and non-monetary damages
  • Do our best to maximize your recovery through a timely settlement

After sustaining an injury at work, it is always recommended that an injury victim establish an attorney-client relationship as soon as possible. Our experienced Queens personal injury attorneys are here to help you maximize your financial recovery.  Reach out to our law offices today to schedule a no-risk free consultation. 

Are Construction Site Accidents Common in New York?

Construction site accidents, and fatalities, are unusually common in New York. According to data collected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2019, a full 20% of workplace fatalities were in the construction industry. Seventy-one construction workers were killed in New York alone in 2017.

What Injuries Are Typical in Queens Construction Site Accidents?  

Many construction sites require safety equipment designed to protect against the risk of typical injuries on construction sites in Queens. Nevertheless, it is impossible to prevent all types of construction site injuries.

Some of the most common injuries on construction sites include:

  • Neck, back, and head injuries
  • Brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds
  • Eye injury

No matter what type of injury you sustained in your construction site accident, our compassionate Queens workplace accident attorneys are ready to help support you on your road to recovery. Give us a call today to get started with a free case consultation. 

How Do I Obtain Financial Compensation After A Construction Site Accident in Queens?

financial compensationWe know that your lost wages following a construction site accident can make it feel like you have been injured twice: physically and financially. The dedicated personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, are ready to help you optimize your recovery. 

Two potential ways to secure compensation are available after a Queens construction site accident.

The first way is through seeking workers’ compensation benefits. The second is via a personal injury claim against responsible parties, including (potentially) your employer, property owners, and general contractors. 

Can I Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits After a Queens Construction Accident?

If you were working on a construction site as an employee, it is likely that your employer carries a workers’ compensation insurance policy. Your employer is required to provide its employees with information, posted in a visible place like a break room, about how injured workers can start a workers’ compensation claim for benefits following a work-related injury.

Under New York’s workers’ compensation law, injured employees can recover:

  • Necessary medical expenses
  • Partial lost wages
  • Long-term disability benefits

One benefit of the workers’ compensation system is that it does not matter if you were partly at fault for your injuries. 

On the other hand, in exchange for the no-fault system of workers’ compensation, parties who take advantage of the workers’ compensation benefits waive their right to sue their employer, unless the employer’s conduct was grossly negligent. 

Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Queens Construction Accident?

Although workers’ compensation has its perks, the amount of wages you can recover is limited and you are required to seek treatment from approved doctors. Still, if you choose to seek workers’ compensation benefits, you may be able to sue a third-party if they are at fault for your injuries. 

Who else might be at fault for your construction site accident?

That could include:

  • Property owners
  • General contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Co-workers
  • Civil engineers
  • Architects
  • Manufacturers of defective equipment, tools, or machinery

If your accident was caused by inadequate safety equipment or generally unsafe working conditions, owners and general contractors can bear strict liability for your injuries under New York labor laws. Our tenacious Queens construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, can make sure that the responsible parties are held fully accountable to you for your injuries. 

How Much is My Construction Accident Case Worth?

calculating damagesIt depends. On what? Certain factors specific to your injuries and the circumstances of your accident. 

If you were injured in an accident involving scaffolding or other elevated equipment, New York’s scaffolding law provides for strict liability for property owners and general contractors. This law applies when the scaffolding or elevated equipment is improperly erected, secured, and fastened. 

Other factors that can influence the value of a claim include the severity of injuries, the certainty of liability, whether the case settles or goes to trial, and the litigation costs. 

What Kinds of Damages Are Available to Construction Accident Victims?

rehabilitation expensesAfter a construction accident, you may be able to recover two types of damages: economic and non-economic. Both kinds of damages are supposed to put you back into the position you were in before the accident. 

For monetary losses you sustain as a result of your accident, you can recover economic damages. Economic damages include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Medication and rehabilitation expenses

To prove the value of economic damages, you will be required to introduce evidence documents like medical invoices, pay stubs, and tax returns.

For losses that are not directly financial, you can recover non-economic damages

Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Non-economic damages can be more difficult to prove. However, the Law Offices of Jay Knispel, LLC, works with leading financial experts to prove your losses. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Construction Accident in Queens?

Under New York’s statute of limitations, a person injured in a construction accident in Queens (or anywhere in the state of NY) has only three (3) years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. Claimants have only two (2) years to file suit for wrongful death claims.

We know that it might sound to you like two or three years is a long time to file a lawsuit. But, the process usually begins with filing a claim for workers’ compensation and may require the filing of a lawsuit against non-employer third parties, like general contractors or subcontractors. 

Importantly, after the statute of limitations deadline passes, a person may forever lose their right to sue to recover financial compensation. 

Contact Our Queens Construction Accident Lawyers Today

Following a construction accident in Queens, or any other borough in NYC, you should not wait to establish an attorney-client relationship. The sooner you reach out to a reputable law firm, the more likely you are to succeed in obtaining the maximum amount of financial compensation. Reach out to our NYC law offices today for a free consultation to get your case started. 

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