Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. Even when you take every precaution, the risk of suffering a serious injury remains high. Often, construction accident injuries can be catastrophic in nature, resulting in costly medical bills and significant time away from work. In the most severe construction accidents, you may experience life-long disabilities.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, you may be wondering whether you need to hire an attorney. In almost all situations, you’ll significantly increase the chances of maximizing your compensation when you work with an experienced construction accident lawyer. Without the help of an attorney, it’s much more likely that your compensation will be inadequate.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Depending on the circumstances associated with your construction accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation in two different ways:
- Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against all negligent third parties who caused the accident
In both scenarios, working with an experienced attorney can be very helpful. It’s important to understand that the insurance company isn’t on your side. Their goal is to minimize the amount of money they must pay on your workers’ compensation claim. In addition, the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim can be highly complex, and many individuals find that their benefits are unfairly reduced or denied when they handle this process themselves. Working with an experienced attorney will help increase the likelihood that you receive the maximum benefits to which you’re entitled.
Even if you receive the maximum allowable workers’ compensation benefits, you may find that it doesn’t adequately cover the value of your damages. In these situations, you can often supplement these benefits by recovering damages in a personal injury lawsuit. It’s important to work with an experienced attorney who can identify all negligent parties and ensure your lawsuit is handled properly.
Potential parties that may be held liable for your damages in a personal injury lawsuit include:
- Coworkers who were negligent in performing their job or acted recklessly at the job site
- Employers who failed to maintain safe working conditions
- Manufacturers who provided defective equipment that contributed to the construction accident
Damages you can potentially receive from your lawsuit include:
- Current and future medical bills associated with your injury
- Rehabilitation and home care costs
- Prescription medication costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contact our New York City Construction Accident Lawyer
Reid B. Wissner understands the intricacies involved in obtaining the highest amount of compensation after a construction accident. He can help you navigate the complex workers’ compensation process and whenever appropriate, he’ll also seek to supplement these benefits by filing a lawsuit against any negligent parties.
Please contact the Law Offices of Reid B. Wissner using the form on this page or call 212-406-9288 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We serve clients in the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.