Let a New Jersey or New York Construction Site Accident Attorney Help You After an Accident
News of New York and New Jersey construction workers falling from great heights, being involved in crane collapses, suffering from construction chemical burns, and being injured in other serious accidents is often reported. A New Jersey or New York construction site accident may occur for many different reasons including when construction safety is just not a priority on the New York or New Jersey job site.
A Construction Site Accident in New York or New Jersey Will Change Life as You Know it, but Help is Available.
Your time may once have been filled with work and activities with your friends and family; however, now you spend your time going to doctor visits and recuperating from your injuries. Bills are piling up, you are in pain, you can’t enjoy the things you once did, you can’t work, and things just keep getting worse.
We want you to know that you are not alone and that help may be available from a construction accident attorney at the law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer. Please read our FREE pamphlet, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone to learn more.
Our New York and New Jersey construction injury attorneys are trendsetters in shaping construction personal injury law. We may be able to help you if you are a NYC or NJ construction worker who has been injured in a(n):
- Crane accident
- Scaffolding accident
- Ladder fall
- Other construction fall
- Electrical accident
- New York or New Jersey road construction accident
- Accident involving malfunctioning equipment
- Accident resulting from safety violations
- Accident that results in construction chemical burns
We regularly represent many different types of union and non-union construction workers including:
- Crane operators
- Metal workers
- Asbestos workers
- Operating engineers
- Iron workers
Of course, this list is not exclusive, and we always welcome your call if you were hurt while working on a construction site.
Construction Workers Are Protected Under the Law
Construction workers who are hurt on-the-job are entitled to benefits under New Jersey or New York Workers' Compensation Law. Benefits are paid under the employer's insurance policy, and it does not have to be proven that the employer was negligent in order to qualify for compensation.
The drawback with workers' compensation is that you cannot sue your employer for damages such as lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other types of damages. However, if your construction accident was the result of negligence by a "third party," which is a person or entity who is not your employer, you may be able to pursue an injury claim.
There are also other laws that protect construction workers, including the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, (LHWCA) which provides compensation for injured dockbuilders and other longshoremen. Also, if your injury occurred outside of work, you could be eligible for disability benefits.
Trendsetters in Shaping New Jersey and New York Construction Personal Injury Law
Our New York and New Jersey construction attorneys have a proven track record of winning cases. We spare no reasonable expense when it comes to building your case, and we are fully prepared when it comes time to settle or go to trial.
In 2011, New York construction accident lawyer Paul Hofmann obtained an important decision in the case of Harrison v. State of New York, 88 A.D. 3d 951 (2d Dept. 2011). In Harrison, the plaintiff was lowering a 150-200 lb. generator from a wall to the deck of a tugboat, six feet below, when he and his co-workers lost control of the generator and it fell upon the plaintiff, causing injury. Harrison applied the Court of Appeals recent Runner decision, which clarified that when a falling object causes injury to a construction worker, the distance it falls is not the only factor to be considered when determining whether a gravity-related risk was involved. Rather, the weight of the object, the steadiness of the footing, the bulkiness of the object and, of course, whether appropriate devices to move the object were available, or should have been available, are all determinative factors.
Paul T. Hofmann, Esq. has nearly three decades of legal experience, and has been named Super Lawyer for four years running and has an A.V. rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which are awarded to attorneys who have reached a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. Tim Schweitzer's legal background spans more than ten years. He is an officer in the Admiralty Law Section of the American Association for Justice, a group that fights for injured victims' rights.
Contact us today at our New York office at 212-465-8840, our New Jersey office at 908-393-5662 or toll free at 800-362-9329 to find out how we can help you and your family. The law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer represents construction accident cases throughout New York and New Jersey.