When you are involved in a
construction accident in New York and you sustain injuries that require medical attention, you may decide
that you want to seek compensation from the negligent party that is responsible
for the accident. There are mounting medical bills, lost wages and of
course, pain and suffering—but who is actually at fault and should
be held accountable?
Determining who is responsible for your New York construction accident
injury can be difficult because there can be many different people involved
in one construction project.
In New York, you usually cannot sue your employer for injuries sustained
in a construction accident, because they are covered by the workers'
compensation insurance all employers must carry. That workers' compensation
can help cover some of your expenses, but many times, construction accident
victims require a substantial amount of money to pay for their injuries
and other damages from the accident.
You can, however, bring a lawsuit against a third party. This could be
the owner of the building you are working on, the property manager, or
the general contractor. General contractors are usually responsible for
making sure a construction site is safe and hazard-free, so if you were
injured on their watch, they could be held accountable for safety violations
or violations of the New York State Labor Laws.
If you're still not sure who is responsible for your construction accident,
that is okay. At Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, we have decades
of experience helping construction workers just like you. We know what
to look for and what to ask to figure out who was ultimately responsible
for your accident and resulting injuries. Call us today at
866-440-4452 for a free consultation.