Buffalo Construction Injury Lawyers

FREE CONSULTATION -We Will Review Your Case For Free

Buffalo is in the midst of a construction boom, and there is more reason than ever to protect workers from injury. A Buffalo construction injury lawyer can protect a worker’s rights in the event of a serious work injury.
Construction work is hard. It is inherently dangerous. Construction workers in New York State are nearly four times as likely to die in an accident compared to other jobs. Accidents at construction sites often result in severe injuries or even death. After a construction accident, you may incur medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. It can be life changing.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident, immediately contact a Buffalo construction accident lawyer. You should focus on getting better and if you can, getting back to work. Let us do the lifting in the legal world. We’ve handled many construction cases and have recovered millions for our injured clients. Our injury lawyers can help you get compensation for your injuries and coordinate your benefits.

What Legal Options Do You Have if You’re Involved in a Construction Accident?

When anyone in New York is injured at work, they’re automatically entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits to pay lost wages and medical expenses. This is true regardless of a person’s immigration status. It includes undocumented workers. Worker’s compensation has a formula used to calculate lost wage benefits. It’s 2/3 of the average weekly wage multiplied by the percent of disability if you’re unable to work for at least seven days straight.
While most people can’t file a lawsuit for an injury at work, there are special laws to protect construction workers. That’s because the work is so dangerous. Your Worker’s Compensation benefits are separate from an injury lawsuit under the New York Labor Law.
Like everyone else, construction workers cannot sue their employer. But at most construction sites, there are other parties responsible for making sure the workers are safe. The special New York labor laws allow construction workers to file a lawsuit if they are hurt on the job. These laws allow workers to file suit for past and future lost wages and benefits, past and future medical bills and for past and future pain and suffering.
There are three sections of the Labor Law specific to construction injuries:

  • Labor Law Section 200 requires that construction sites provide reasonable and adequate protection to construction workers from worksite hazards. As a result, workers can hold other contractors and work site owners responsible if their injury was caused by an unsafe condition.
  • Labor Law Section 240 (commonly called the “Scaffold Law”) includes regulations for scaffolding and other equipment that workers must use on the job. Section 240 is meant to protect construction workers from falls from heights, from falling objects and other “gravity-related” injuries.
  • Labor Law Section 241(6) pertains to construction, demolition, and excavation work. This section of the Labor Law allows workers to sue contractors for violations of certain parts of the New York Industrial Code.

These safety rules, like all safety rules, will only be enforced if they are correctly applied. That’s one reason why injured construction workers need a qualified construction accident lawyer when hurt in a construction accident.

Common causes of Buffalo Construction Accidents

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, most construction accident wrongful deaths occur due to the “fatal four.”

  • Falls. This can be a fall from a ladder, scaffold or other height. New York Labor Law (sometimes called the Scaffold Law) allows construction workers who suffer injuries after falling from an elevation to demand compensation from the parties responsible for their safety.
  • Being struck by falling tools or other objects.
  • Electrocutions caused by faulty wiring, unfinished wires, and other electrical defects.
  • Being pinned by a vehicle or heavy equipment, or trench and building collapses.

Although these construction accidents are called “the fatal four,” you don’t have to be involved in a fatal accident to seek compensation. If you are injured in a work accident and survive, you may still have a case. Construction accidents can result in hearing loss, traumatic brain injuries, burns, fractured bones, or even paralysis. Construction workers with these and other types of injuries can seek compensation in a construction accident injury case.

What If I Was Injured in or Near a Construction Site?

Contractors must warn anyone who visits or passes by their construction site of the potential dangers while they’re in the area. They must warn motorists and pedestrians and ensure safety near a construction zone.
If they don’t take such precautions, they can be held liable for any accidents that occur. If you were injured in or near a construction zone, contact a Buffalo construction accident lawyer. We will investigate your case and explain your rights.
Some damages that you can claim in a personal injury lawsuit would include

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other out of pocket expenses

Schedule A Free Consultation with Buffalo Construction Injury Lawyer Steve Boyd

After a construction accident, you might not be prepared for what comes next. Worker’s Compensation should cover medical bills and lost wages, but construction injuries can be life-changing. You need someone on your side.
You should talk to Buffalo construction accident injury lawyer Steve Boyd. We’ve successfully handled New York Labor Law construction accident cases. Our firm will handle the legal work and let you put all your energy into getting better.
To schedule a free consultation, contact Steve Boyd at 716-400-0000 or use our contact form on this website. We will work on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t win, you don’t pay any legal fees.