Workplace Injury Attorneys NYC

Workplace Injuries
When you work in construction, job-related injuries can often lead to expensive medical bills, lost wages and, in some cases, permanent disability. Those who can return to work might fear losing their jobs, should they seek compensation. Although certain laws ensure workplace safety, work-related injuries are not uncommon, particularly in the construction industry.

If you have been injured in a work-related incident, you have two possible avenues of payment: receiving workers’ compensation and winning a personal injury lawsuit. In all cases, you should pursue workers’ compensation. In most cases, you should pursue both. In order to preserve your legal rights, you should take the following actions immediately after a work-related injury:

• Report the injury to your employer
• Complete and file a workers’ compensation claim form
• Obtain the names and contact information of any and all potential witnesses
• Take photos of the scene of the accident and any injuries
• Seek medical attention for your injuries
• Contact an experienced labor law lawyer

Workers’ Compensation

Employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you are not suing your employer. You are simply filing an insurance claim. Workers’ compensation benefits include the following:

• Current and future medical bills
• Temporary disability
• Vocational rehabilitation
• Permanent disability

Personal Injury Lawsuit

In addition to workers’ compensation, it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Lawsuits involving work-related injuries can be very complex. Determining responsibility can depend on many factors including hazardous practices, work-site dangers, faulty design, malfunctioning equipment, poor hiring practices, and inadequate supervision. Responsible parties can include one or more of the following:

• General contractors
• Sub-contractors
• Prime contractors
• Construction site owners
• Engineers
• Architects
• Equipment manufacturers

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction accident in New York, contact the premises liability lawyers at Silberstein, Awad & Miklos. Our firm proudly serves clients throughout the area, and we always provide free case evaluations.