We believe that construction workers contribute to our society just as much, if not more than most of us. They work incredibly hard in often dangerous environments which can lead to serious injuries. If you were injured in a construction accident, a Buffalo construction accident lawyer here at our firm is prepared to help. Contact Ramos & Ramos today to learn more about what we can do for you.
Buffalo Construction Accident Lawyer | Helping Construction Accident Victims
Construction accidents can happen for a multitude of reasons, even when construction sites follow OSHA regulations for the most part. We have seen construction accidents caused by various unsafe conditions. Some of the most common causes and types of construction accidents are as follows:
- Scaffold collapses
- Trench cave-ins
- Building collapses
- Chemical or thermal burns
- Slip and falls
- Dangerous property conditions
- Defective machinery
- Defective harnesses
- Negligent supervisors
If you were hurt on the job, for any reason, it is best you speak with a Buffalo, New York personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
Workers’ Compensation Vs. Third-Party Claims
Injured construction workers will typically file for workers’ compensation benefits. In New York, workers’ compensation is a form of no-fault insurance designed to cover an injured worker’s medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. This means that even if the accident was your fault, as long as you can prove you were injured on the job, you should receive workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, workers’ compensation provides injured workers with sufficient financial assistance until they are able to rejoin the workforce once again. A Buffalo workers’ compensation lawyer here at our firm can help determine whether you qualify and work to obtain the benefits you need.
At times, however, workers’ compensation simply does not cover the entire cost of an injury or a third party (not the injured worker’s employer) is responsible for the injury. In this case, our firm can file a third-party claim against a liable third-party, such as an equipment manufacturer/designer, the property owner, independent contractors, and more. There is no pre-determined cap on how much an injured worker can recover in a third-party claim.
Time Limit on Construction Accident Claims in New York
You should understand that the timeframe available for your injury claim depends largely on whether you are filing a workers’ compensation or a third-party claim. In New York, injured construction workers must notify their employer of their injury within 10 days of the date their accident occurred. They should also seek medical treatment immediately after the accident occurred. From here, injured construction workers must file for workers’ compensation within two years of the date of their accident.
For third-party claims, injured workers will typically have three years from the date of their accident to sue, however, it is always best not to wait. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner our firm can begin fighting for the compensation you need to heal.
Contact a Buffalo Construction Accident Lawyer
Injured construction workers in Buffalo and throughout Western New York can depend on Ramos & Ramos to fight hard for them when they need it most. You’ve done so much for our society, and we are here to return the favor. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.