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Construction workers in New York are protected under the New York State labor law for injuries that they receive resulting from improper or defective safety equipment. There are also protections if safety regulations are not followed. In New York, all owners and general contractors are responsible to make sure that a job site is safe. They must make sure that safety equipment being used by subcontractors are properly placed and operated in order to protect workers. For example, if you're working on a scaffold or ladder, which is defective or breaks and you become injured, you would be entitled to damages above and beyond your workers compensation.
What do you do if you're injured on a construction site?
Seek medical attention immediately and make sure your supervisor is informed. Make sure you find out who witnessed the accident and that their names and addresses are on the accident reports.
When should I call a lawyer?
If your construction accident injuries are serious, consult with an attorney
as soon as you are able in order to determine your rights under the law. A reputable personal injury attorney will not charge you for an initial consultation. So, if you have any questions about injuries you sustained during a construction accident, it makes sense to call a lawyer. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, which means they get paid only if you do. The standard fee is one-third of the recovery. By law, the client is always responsible for expenses incurred during litigation, even if there is no recovery. Those expenses will be deducted from any settlement before attorney fees are paid. A good personal injury attorney should carefully explain up front the likely costs and fees of a lawsuit, as well as the chances for success. You should be completely aware of the potential costs and likely outcome of your case.