The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe financial blow to many New York City workers. As someone in the construction industry, who faced widespread job site closures over the past few months, you are all too familiar with this difficult reality.
You may not have known when you would be able to return to work. You may not have known where your next paycheck would come from. Even now, as construction activity resumes across the city, the economic pressures remain.
These unprecedented circumstances present a unique opportunity. If you suffered a construction accident injury in the past and never pursued a claim, you may find that now is an ideal time to seek the compensation you deserve. But is it too late? Here are a few points to consider.
Workers’ Compensation Claim Requirements
Injured workers cannot sue their employers. They can, however, recover compensation in the form of workers’ compensation benefits.
New York law requires workers to report injuries to their employer within 30 days of the occurrence. There are some exceptions to this time frame for illnesses and injuries that are not easily diagnosed.
There is also a time limit for filing a workers’ compensation claim. In New York, workers typically have two years from the date of injury or the last payment of compensation, whichever is later. Again, there are some exceptions.
Injury Lawsuit Statute of Limitations
Injured workers may also be entitled to bring a claim for damages against a responsible third party. Potentially liable persons and entities include project managers, engineers, suppliers, architects, drivers, contractors, and sub-contractors.
There is a statute of limitations, or time limit, on personal injury lawsuits in New York. An action to recover damages must be commenced within three years.
Learn if You Have a Claim
Now is the time to find out if you have a viable construction accident claim that can be pursued. Schedule a free initial consultation with Reid B. Wissner Law Offices at 212-406-9288 to learn where you stand.
We work on a contingency basis, so you will not have to pay any upfront fees and you do not owe us anything unless your case is successful. We serve clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and other areas of New York City.