You Can Recover Damages From Your First Day on the Job

Q

I was hurt on my very first day working construction in New York City. Can I recover damages for my injuries?

A

Yes, your right to recover damages for your construction accident injuries is the same as someone who has been on the job much longer, although the amount that you are able to recover will be unique to your injuries.

Generally, there are two ways in which you may be able to recover damages for your construction accident injury. Whether you were hurt in a Lower East Side fall, an Upper West Side crane accident, or another type of Manhattan construction accident, you may be able to recover damages through the New York workers’ compensation system or through a personal injury lawsuit. How you proceed will depend on the unique facts of your accident case and the steps you take in the days following your injury.

What to Do Now

You may have conflicting feelings about whether to pursue action since you are a new employee. However, you need to know that protecting your legal rights after a construction accident injury should not prevent you from working in the construction industry in the future. Accordingly, you should:

  • Report your injury to your employer.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders.
  • Learn more about your legal rights.

You can get started today by reading a free copy of our brochure, "Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone," and by contacting us directly for an initial consultation about your rights and possible recovery.