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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to common questions about personal injury cases from the New York injury lawyers at Goidel & Siegel.

It is not always necessary to work with a personal injury lawyer after an accident if you suffered very minor injuries. However, it is crucial to consult with a lawyer if your injuries require time off work, you are being blamed for your accident, or your case is complicated.

A New York injury lawyer has extensive knowledge of procedural rules and personal injury law. They serve as an advocate to protect your best interests and negotiate a fair settlement, even taking your case to court if the insurance company does not treat you fairly. They also understand how to build your case with the right evidence and legal arguments.

Multiple parties may be held liable for a construction accident in New York City. As an injured worker, workers’ compensation may be your sole avenue for compensation. You generally cannot hold your employer responsible for an accident. However, several labor laws in New York allow owners and contractors to be held strictly liable for safety violations, failing to provide adequate protective equipment, and other forms of negligence.

Depending on the type of accident, other parties may also be held legally responsible. If your accident was caused by a defective product, the manufacturer may be held accountable under product liability law. In traffic accidents, negligent motorists can be responsible for damages.

It is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer after a construction accident for several reasons. An injury lawyer can assist you with filing for workers’ compensation by gathering necessary evidence that reduces the chances of your claim being denied. Your lawyer will also protect your rights, represent you during appeals if needed, and ensure a disability is accurately rated.

An experienced injury lawyer can also help you explore additional avenues for compensation. Workers’ comp alone may not fully cover your damages. Your lawyer can assist you with a third-party injury claim against negligent parties, determine if you qualify for additional compensation through a labor law claim, and help you navigate long-term disability (LTD) insurance claims and SSDI if needed.

The “fatal four” types of accidents in construction are falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and getting caught in or between objects. More construction workers are hurt or killed in falls than any other type of accident. These accidents can involve falls from heights, falls into trenches, or falls on the same level. Construction site accidents also frequently involve machinery, power tools, electrical hazards, vehicle accidents, and exposure to harmful chemicals, fumes, and particles.

Labor Law 240 is New York’s “Scaffolding Law.” This labor law protects construction workers who are hurt in a fall or when they are struck by a falling object. It covers workers involved in repair, demolition, or construction but not normal maintenance. The law makes owners and contractors strictly liable for fall injuries if they failed to take reasonable steps to protect workers. Injured workers eligible for this additional protection can seek compensation in addition to workers’ compensation. Construction companies, contractors, and property owners have limited defenses against Labor Law 240 claims.

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