What Remedies Are Available if I am Injured in a Construction Accident?

If you have been injured in a construction accident, your life has been drastically changed. You may be unable to work, have significant medical bills, and be uncertain of how to maintain and rebuild your life after your injury. Often, construction site injuries are a result of violations of the New York State Labor Law or the negligence of others. While New York State workers are not able to sue their employers, there are other options available to you pursuant to the New York State Labor Law. As more fully detailed below, you may have legal options which allow you to pursue damages for your injury and an experienced construction accident attorney may be able to help.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

When you are injured at work, your lost wages make supporting yourself and your family seem impossible. There is, however, a system in place that is designed to help ease that burden. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that most employers are required to carry for workers who are injured or become ill because of their jobs. If you are injured or become ill because of work, you are entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law. An injured worker cannot sue their employer but, in New York State, there are other legal avenues you can take. An experienced attorney can help you recover your losses through Workers’ Compensation or suing a third party. Before you begin the process of filing a claim, it is important to understand what you’re required to do and whether or not you are covered through Workers’ Compensation.

What is the Construction Workplace Safety Law?

Working in construction is dangerous, especially when you are working at a high elevation. Scaffolding accidents can cause a variety of injuries which can be severe enough to limit your ability to work. New York State Labor Laws protect construction workers on jobsites and give them options if they are injured in accidents like these. Labor Law 240, commonly known as the Construction Workplace Safety Law or the Scaffolding Law, is one of these protections. The Construction Workplace Safety Law has special requirements in place to protect workers who are on scaffolds and other devices at a height, as well as provisions for workers who are injured in those situations.