Construction sites are inherently dangerous areas. Objects can fall onto workers and pedestrians, heavy machinery can malfunction and inadequately secured scaffolding can lead to falls and injuries. With so many workers, subcontractors and contributing factors to potential injuries, it can incredibly difficult to determine liability and pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. You need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney on your side.
Reid B. Wissner Law Offices has been helping injury victims for more than 30 years. If you are seeking a trusted construction accident attorney in the Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens, please contact us today by completing the form on this page or calling 212-406-9288 to schedule a free initial consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so you won’t have to pay any upfront fees and you don’t owe us anything unless your case is successful.
Why do Contruction Accidents happen?
Construction accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Safety and code violations are the most common. Employers are responsible for providing safe working conditions and required personal protective equipment. It is also necessary to train workers about job hazards in a language they can understand. These practices and procedures are important — and often overlooked.
Construction accidents can also happen due to defective or unreasonably dangerous equipment. This equipment is improperly designed, manufactured, or marketed. An example would be a circular saw blade that comes loose during use because it was not made correctly. These situations have one factor in common: negligence. Someone responsible for creating a safe work environment or a safe piece of equipment failed to use reasonable care.
why you might need a Construction Accident Attorney
Insurance companies fully understand that when accidents occur on a construction site, there can be any number of contributing factors and liable parties. Insurers often attempt to deny or unfairly reduce your claim in order to minimize their losses. Almost immediately after your accident, you may start to get offers from insurance companies, but accepting these offers is not a good idea.
Reid Wissner understands the tactics used by insurance companies to deny and diminish your rightful claims. He will work closely with you to understand the full impact of your injuries and value your case for what it is truly worth. He will fight for your rights and protect you from predatory tactics. He will seek the maximum compensation to which you are entitled and won’t back down from a fight.
What is the statute of limitations for Construction accident cases?
Statutes of limitations dictate how long you have to file a claim for compensation after an injury. Be aware that each construction accident case may have a different statute of limitations. That is because they can fall under workers’ compensation, personal injury, or even product liability. Missing the deadline to file your claim will likely result in it being thrown out. Act fast to protect your rights — or risk losing the money that you deserve. Call today for a free legal consultation.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Safety procedures should be in place to prevent a number of common construction site accidents, but the pressure to save money and time can place innocent workers and bystanders in harm’s way. If you’ve been harmed on a construction site, Reid Wissner can help you recover the fair compensation you deserve for any type of injury, such as:
- Trip and falls
- Falls from heights
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Barricade accidents
- Scaffold or ladder injuries
- Structural collapses
- Being struck by an object
How do you build a Construction accident case?
Building a construction accident case is not easy. That is why it is important to contact an attorney who has experience handling construction injury claims and insurance companies. Reid Wissner will steer the legal process to relieve your stress and help you focus on healing. Some common case-building steps include:
- Gathering evidence
- Contacting witnesses
- Securing expert testimony
Compensation in Construction Accident Cases
If you’ve suffered any type of injury, the ramifications of your injury can affect several aspects of your life. Reid Wissner can build a strong personal injury case specific to your unique circumstances and seek compensation for damages such as:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Pain and suffering
During your free initial consultation, Mr. Wissner will evaluate your case and design an individualized legal strategy that best ensures you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Can you pursue compensation if you were merely visitng a construction site or walking on one?
Most construction accident injuries are suffered by workers. Yet there are times when someone gets injured while visiting or walking past a job site. It may be possible for that person to recover damages from the construction company, which has certain responsibilities.
For example, construction companies must keep public sidewalks near the job site free from bricks and other debris. Otherwise, a pedestrian may slip and fall when walking in the area. If you were hurt while visiting a construction site or walking by one, contact our attorney. He will investigate the incident and determine whether or not you can recover compensation.
Third-Party Construction Accidents
Construction sites are usually bustling with a variety of project managers, engineers, contractors, sub-contractors, drivers and more. Too often, injured parties don’t fully understand the complicated nature of determining liability in construction accidents and settle for whatever worker’s compensation settlement they are offered – which is almost always far from what is fully needed.
It’s important to understand that you can receive workers' compensation from your employer and still pursue action against a third party for further damages. This is a common and successful strategy in construction accident cases and helps to maximize the value of your compensation.
Before filing for workers' comp or taking an additional settlement offer, it’s crucial to discuss your situation with our construction accident lawyer to ensure your best interests are being protected and all of your current and future needs are being met.
Discuss Your Case for Free Today
Construction accident cases are incredibly complex and require the skill and knowledge of an experienced attorney. If you have been injured in a construction accident, please call 212-406-9288 to discuss your case for free. Reid B. Wissner Law Offices proudly serves clients from Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.