Were you hurt in a construction accident in White Plains, New York? In this situation, you can secure legal help from our team at the Law Offices of Darren T. Moore. We focus on resolving your case and helping you secure the justice, the compensation and the funds to cover your losses and suffering.
You can start working with a White Plains construction accident attorney immediately after your injury. We can discuss your situation with a free consultation before we begin our personalized investigation of your case.
Find out more by calling us or completing our online contact form.
Are You Eligible for Compensation After a Construction Accident?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 11.4 million people worked in construction in the year 2019. The number of construction workers throughout the country has only increased over time and is continuing to increase as we see office buildings, apartment blocks and more erected throughout New York city and its outer boroughs.
Individuals working in construction play a pivotal role in our economy however, they also face numerous hazards on the job and risk life and limb to erect the magnificent buildings and skyscrapers that shape the NYC skyline. Accidents occur quickly on worksites, profits are put over safety and who pays the ultimate price, the construction worker. After an injury, many workers wonder if they are eligible for compensation in White Plains.
Firstly, you may be entitled to secure damages through a workers’ compensation claim if your accident happened on the job and your employer carries workers’ comp insurance. In addition, if your construction accident is one that is protected by New York’s construction labor laws, a third party can be liable for your injuries, your harms and losses and you could file a lawsuit in those cases.
What Compensation Can You Get for a White Plains Construction Accident?
You may have a chance to secure financial compensation following a construction accident in White Plains. The funds you receive will vary depending on the specific nature of your claim, injuries and employment and also will depend on how your lawyer resolves your claim, however, you may receive funds to cover your:
- Current and future healthcare expenses
- Lost wages or earnings
- Lost benefits or diminished earning potential
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium for a spouse
Some legal options allow you to secure punitive damages. Punitive damages represent a way to penalize the individual or the corporation who caused your injuries and make sure that the conduct doesn’t happen again but this is where you need to discuss all the facts of your case and your accident with an experienced White Plains construction accident lawyer.
Finally, we understand that some construction accidents can be fatal. In this case, a White Plains construction accident lawyer can help you file a wrongful death claim for a family member or loved one. Families may be entitled to receive funds to cover funeral expenses, loss of future income, loss of future benefits, loss of inheritance, loss of household services and other losses with this kind of claim.
What Legal Options Do You Have After a Construction Accident?
Individuals hurt on the job while working in construction may have several avenues to pursue when seeking damages and compensation for those injuries. Construction accident lawyers serving White Plains may advise you to file:
A Workers’ Comp Claim
New York’s workers’ comp insurance provides you with insurance coverage if you get hurt on the job.
Note that workers’ comp does not cover all your wages after an on-the-job injury. Instead, it covers about 2/3rds of your weekly salary and as of July 1, 2022 the maximum that workers’ comp will pay is $1,125.46. A construction accident lawyer in White Plains can help you review the possible damages for your case.
You may also receive be entitled to apply for and receive disability benefits in some cases after a construction accident.
A Personal Injury Lawsuit
New York does not allow you to sue your employer if they provide you with workers’ comp coverage and do not intentionally cause your injuries. However, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against a third party or third parties if your construction site accident occurred because those parties violated the construction accident laws that apply.
For example, if your employer provided you with a defective ladder to work on, the owner and general contractor maybe liable for that, if a subcontractor or someone else at the job site took an action that led to your accident, you could move forward with a personal injury claim agaisnt those parties in White Plains.
A Product Liability Lawsuit
In some cases, you may have a chance to file a product liability claim in White Plains. For example, we help construction workers file these claims if a defective piece of equipment caused their injuries.
In this situation, you may seek coverage for a number of elements of damages including, your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earnings and future earning capacity from the:
- Designer of the equipment
You can explore these three options in more detail with a construction accident attorney in White Plains, NY.
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How Do White Plains Construction Accident Attorneys Help You?
Construction accident attorneys in White Plains can step in to help with all aspects of your claim. We start working on your construction accident case from the initial consultation. Our team members will travel for consultations if necessary or we can do it via zoom, over the phone or in person in our office, making it easy for you to discuss your case and situation.
After your consultation, we may move forward with your case. Our team can:
Collect Evidence About the Construction Accident
Darren T. Moore, Esq. takes pride in helping clients like you by collecting the evidence needed to build claims for his clients. Depending on the situation, we may use an investigator to question witnesses and obtain statements or affidavits, obtain surveillance footage, do site visits, go over accident reports and work with construction accident specialists and experts. All this is done with the goal of leaving no stone unturned in obtaining Moorejustice for our clients.
Review All Your Losses
Our team wants to ensure you get the damages and the compensation that covers you and your family for all your losses and expenses. We’ll keep track of your medical bills, past and also identify future bills, the amount of time you spend off of work and how much you’ve lost in wages and how you will lose going forward. We also focus on fighting for the compensation and the funds to cover and adequately compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Help Outside of the CourtRoom
We understand the strain that can fall on your shoulders after a construction accident in White Plains. Not just on your shoulders but the shoulders of your spouse, family members and loved ones. Our care goes beyond handling your legal needs. We can also help you get in contact with doctors as we strive to do everything possible for our clients.
How Long Do You Have to File a Construction Accident Claim in NY?
The time frame to move forward with your construction accident case in White Plains varies based on the type of claim you plan to pursue and also the entities involved in your claim. Your construction accident attorney can help you track all deadlines for your case and below are just some to be aware of:
- For WC you have 30 days from date of the accident to notify employer of your accident.
- If employer is aware of accident within 30 days, you have 2 years from the date of your accident to file your WC claim
- 3 years to file a lawsuit if your claim doesn’t involve any municipal entities
- If a municipal entity is involved, for example the City of New York, County of Westchester, you must file a Notice of Claim within 30 days of your accident and begin the lawsuit within 1 year and 90 days of your accident.
It is important to report your workplace accident as soon as it occurs.
Talk to Us After a White Plains Construction Accident
You can start working with a construction accident attorney in White Plains immediately after an injury. Our team at the Law Offices of Darren T. Moore stands ready to represent your best interests.
Find out more by calling us or completing our online contact form.