When a construction worker is injured on the job, he or she is entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits like any other New York employee. However, unlike other employees, construction workers may be able to sue their employers for injuries caused by unsafe work environments. In addition to filing suit against an employer, injured construction workers also have the right to sue a variety of third parties who played a role in causing the accident.
Parties That Can Be Held Liable for a NY Construction Injury
New York has specific labor laws to protect construction workers, and these allow workers to sue their employers in certain circumstances. These laws also extend liability for construction accidents to different companies and parties involved in the construction project, including:
- Contractors. General contractors and subcontractors are all responsible for enforcing safety regulations to protect workers, including making sure workers use protective equipment and follow proper procedures to prevent injury.
- Construction managers. Construction managers may be held liable depending on their extent of influence over workers and their ability to control conditions on the site.
- Property owners. Property owners can be liable for injuries if they took an active role in the development of the project, or if they failed to disclose hazardous information about the worksite (such as potentially unstable surfaces).
- Equipment manufacturers. If the injury was caused by defective equipment on a construction site, employees may file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty tool or machine.
Failure to provide a safe work environment can cause severe injuries for construction workers, including back and head injuries that can prevent employees from earning a living. Our attorneys can help you identify who is at fault for causing your injury, allowing you to hold the negligent parties liable for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Fill out our quick online contact form or call 212-465-8840 to speak with a construction injury lawyer at Hofmann & Schweitzer as soon as possible.