Long Island Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident on a Long Island job site, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced Long Island construction accident lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. to learn about your legal rights and options. We’ll work tirelessly to help you recover the money you need and deserve.

When you call us for help, you can benefit from our more than 200 years of combined legal experience. We work hard for our clients, and that pays off. Our law firm has successfully recovered more than $2 Billion in settlements and verdicts. If you’ve been injured on job site on Long Island, we’ll fight for you, too.

Contact our Long Island law office to schedule a time to discuss your case at no cost to you. We’re always available to take your call – morning, noon, or night – 365 days a year.

Why Should I Call a Personal Injury Lawyer If I’ve Been Hurt in a Long Island Construction Accident?

Construction jobs in New York are dangerous. Even if you and your employer take safety precautions, accidents can still happen. For many laborers on Long Island, those accidents result in painful injuries that cost a lot of money. Medical bills add up and lost wages can make things worse if you’re unable to work.

Fortunately, construction workers in New York generally have the right to seek money through a workers’ compensation insurance program. You may even have the right to file a lawsuit against a negligent property owner, contractor, or third party. However, insurers and at-fault parties won’t make it easy to get the money you deserve. They’ll fight you every step of the way and hope that you give up and accept a lowball settlement.

Don’t let them off the hook without paying you the money you deserve. Hiring a Long Island personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling construction accident cases can make all the difference in the world. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we’ve been helping injured construction workers on Long Island for more than 40 years. We know how to approach your case and demand the money you deserve. 

We’ll fight tirelessly on your behalf as we:

  • Conduct an independent investigation into your construction accident
  • Determine cause and fault
  • Seek compensation from all liable parties
  • Consult with accident and injury experts to better understand what your case is worth, and
  • Stand up to insurance companies on your behalf and force them to take your claim seriously.

Our goal is to help you recover maximum compensation for your construction accident injuries. Give us a quick call or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation and learn more.

We Handle All Construction Accident Cases in Suffolk County & Nassau County

At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we understand, as a construction worker, you put your health, safety, and lives on the line every day when you show up for work. When you get hurt on a construction site, we’re here to help you demand money for your injuries. We handle all types of construction accident cases on Long Island, including:

  • Brazing accidents
  • Building collapse
  • Compressor accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Cutting accidents
  • Defective equipment accidents
  • Dumpster accidents
  • Electrical accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Forklift accidents
  • Gas explosions
  • Ladder accidents
  • Logging accidents
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Punch press malfunctions
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Structure failure
  • Welding accidents
  • Wrongful death, and more.

Give our Long Island law firm a call to discuss your case in more detail. Can’t make it into our office for your free consultation? That’s okay; our team is prepared to come to you. We can arrange a time to visit you at work, at home, or at the hospital while you recover. All you have to do is give us a call and ask for our help. It’s that simple.

Seeking Compensation After a Construction Accident on Long Island

So, who’s liable for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after you get hurt on a Long Island construction site? It depends on the specific circumstances of your accident. New York has some of the most intricate and nuanced construction labor laws in the country. Under these laws, the following parties could potentially be liable for your injuries on a Long Island construction site:

Construction Site Owners and General Contractors: Under Section 200 of the New York Labor Law, general contractors and site owners are legally required to “provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.” So, when you work on a job site on Long Island, the owner and general contractor have to make sure that you have a reasonably safe place to work and give you any safety equipment that might make your job safer. If they don’t, they can on be on the hook for damages if you get hurt.

Subcontractors: Sometimes owners or general contractors will delegate responsibilities to subcontractors. When those duties involve keeping workers safe, it’s the subcontractor who can potentially be liable for damages if things go wrong.

Architects and Engineers: When engineers and architects design buildings and structures, they have to follow certain standards and safety protocols. If workers get hurt because of a structural issue or because a building collapses, liability could fall on the engineer and/or architect if they made a mistake.

Construction Equipment Companies: Construction sites on Long Island are filled with hundreds of different pieces of construction equipment and tools. If an accident involves a piece of defective or dangeorus equipment, the company that designed, manufactured, or sold it might be responsible or resulting harm.

Liability for Construction Accidents Involving Scaffolding in New York

Construction workers aren’t always working on the ground. Many jobs require workers to be elevated. This can be particularly dangerous and risky. That’s why New York has something that’s commonly known as the “Scaffolding Law.”

Under Section 240 of the New York Labor Law, there are specific rules and regulations concerning how certain pieces of equipment on job sites must be erected, secured, and fastened. Section 240 rules apply when workers erect, demolish, repair, alter, paint, or clean a building or structure. 

Under the Scaffolding Law, general contractors and/or construction site owners can be strictly liable for injuries if workers get hurt in accidents involving:

  • Scaffolding
  • Hoists
  • Stays
  • Ladders
  • Slings
  • Hangers
  • Blocks
  • Pulleys
  • Braces
  • Irons
  • Ropes, or other devices.

So, if you got hurt in an accident involving any of these pieces of equipment, you might be able to hold the owner or general contractor strictly liable for your injuries. That means you don’t have to prove they were negligent. The fact that you got hurt is enough to establish liability.

Construction Workers on Long Island Generally Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

One question injured workers tend to ask is “can I sue my employer after I get hurt on a job site?” In truth, it depends. Generally speaking, the answer is no. That’s because construction workers on Long Island are often eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

These benefits are available regardless of fault. In exchange for these benefits – which can cover things like medical bills, lost wages, and disability –  you waive your right to file a lawsuit against your employer. In theory, workers’ comp allows you to get money faster than if you were to file a lawsuit, while also protecting your employer from a ton of litigation.

Just because you can’t sue your employer doesn’t mean that you don’t have the right to file a lawsuit against negligent third parties. It’s important to discuss your case with an attorney so that you are fully aware of your rights and options.

Common Construction Site Injuries on Long Island

Construction is the deadliest industry in New York. For most New York construction workers, accidents aren’t fatal. However, that doesn’t mean that the resulting injuries aren’t painful, debilitating, and overwhelming.

The Long Island construction accident lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. understand this. That’s why we’re here to help you fight to recover money for all of your construction accident injuries, including:

  • Back injury
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Chest injury
  • Crushing injury
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Eye injury
  • Head injury
  • Lost limbs
  • Neck injury
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injury, and more.

Don’t hesitate to contact our compassionate legal team to discuss your case in more detail today.

What Damages Are Available After a Long Island Construction Accident?

Compensation may be available if you get hurt while working on a Long Island construction site. The specific damages to which you’ll be entitled will depend on whether you seek benefits from a workers’ compensation insurance policy or file a personal injury lawsuit.

Workers’ compensation benefits are limited to money for medical bills, lost wages, and disability. If you file a lawsuit, you’ll be eligible to seek additional compensation for things like:

  • PTSD
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nursing care
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

Don’t let an insurance company decide what your case is worth. They’ll almost certainly offer you a settlement for much less than you deserve. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., we’ve worked hard to establish relationships with leading construction accident and injury experts in and around New York City. They can help us really understand your injuries, how they might impact your life, and, ultimately, what your claim is worth. 

Statute of Limitations for Construction Accident Cases on Long Island

Again, the length of time you have to file an injury claim for damages depends on the type of case you file.

If you seek benefits from a workers’ compensation program, you’ll have 30 days from the date of your accident to notify your employer. If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll have three years from the date of your injury to do so.

You risk losing the right to recover any money, at all, if you hesitate or wait too long to act.

Call Our Long Island Construction Accident Lawyers For Immediate Assistance

Have you or someone you love gotten hurt in a construction site accident on Long Island? The experienced New York personal injury lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. are here to help. Give our Long Island law office a call to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment today.