Injury can be the fault of a 3rd party such as a contractor, property owner, etc. New York and New Jersey have specific safety standards and laws that owners and contractors must adhere to. These standards have been enacted to provide an important layer of protection for workers of all trades. While Union workers who are injured on the job are entitled to Workers’ Compensation, which covers medical bills related to the accident and a percentage of lost wages, additional compensation is in order when a third party is found negligent of their legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment.
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In New York, with limited exceptions, you cannot sue your employer through a personal injury lawsuit. If you are injured while working, you are entitled to recover Workers’ Compensation benefits, which cover medical bills and a percentage of lost wages. However, many injured workers can also bring a lawsuit against a “Third Party,” such as a general contractor, property owner or maintenance company. In the Third Party lawsuit, injured workers can be compensated for their pain and suffering and also made whole for medical bills and lost income not covered through Workers’ Compensation.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident as a result of a third party’s action, you are entitled to sue and recover damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, future medical treatment costs and a complete accounting of lost wages (including future wages as projected by a certified economist). Filing a personal injury construction accident lawsuit is the first and most crucial step to ensure that the individuals and family members affected regain their health while remaining on sound financial ground. Legitimate construction injury cases are looked on with compassion in the eyes of the law, and in many instances, those hurt on the job have been fairly and justly awarded millions in damages.
Countless construction workers are faced with debilitating injuries, lost wages and crippling medical expenses, and also live in fear of damaging relationships with employers or their union hall by filing for workers’ compensation or bringing a third-party lawsuit.
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