What Is Your New York City Construction Attorney Talking About

Understand some common terms that may be used by a New York City construction lawyer and how to reach a lawyer for help if you’re injured.

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

Things are confusing enough in the days following a New York construction accident injury. You must concentrate on what your doctor is telling you about your injuries and recovery. You may need to learn about medical terms and procedures that are new to you. At the same time, you may be wondering how to protect your legal rights.

Don’t Wonder About What Your New York City Construction Lawyer Is Trying to Say

Not every construction accident injury case is the same. However, if you have been injured, then you may hear one or more of the following terms:

  • Claim. This may refer to a workers’ compensation claim.
  • Complaint. This may refer to the pleading that begins a formal workplace injury or personal injury lawsuit in court.
  • Construction lawyer. There are no specific qualifications for an attorney to be considered a construction lawyer. Anyone who is admitted to the bar in New York and is a licensed attorney in good standing may be a construction lawyer. However, many lawyers who refer to themselves as construction lawyers have experience in this specific area of law.
  • New York Workers’ Compensation. A law that allows you to recover for injuries that you sustained at work. Workers’ compensation may include payment for medical expenses and a portion of your income while you are out of work.
  • Recovery. While your physical recovery is very important, the word “recovery” may be used by your lawyer to refer to your legal recovery and the financial compensation you may receive.
  • Third Party. Someone other than you, your employer, or others employed by your employer. If a third party was responsible for your construction accident injuries then you may be able to recover more than the amount that you could in a workers’ compensation claim.

You may have more questions about what these terms mean for you, or you may wonder about other terms used by a lawyer. We encourage you to ask questions and to expect that they will all be answered. You do not need to be confused by the information that your attorney is providing you.

Call a New York City Construction Attorney Today to Get the Information That You Need

To learn more about your specific case, we encourage you to call one of our experienced New York construction lawyers today at 800-362-9329 and to read our FREE informational pamphlet “Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone.”