Jamaica, Queens Construction Accident Lawyers Provide Aggressive Counsel
Construction injury attorneys in Jamaica, Queens represent injured workers
Construction work is dangerous enough, but negligent employers, developers, contractors and manufacturers make it needlessly even more so. When a worker is hurt on a site because someone else did not take proper care, they deserve full payment to address the physical and financial damage. Located in Jamaica, Queens and serving clients across the five boroughs and Nassau County, Aguwa & Metu, P.C. has fought for construction workers and their families for more than 20 years. We can explain your rights and press to win a fair result through a settlement or at trial.
New York firm handles cases stemming from Queens construction accidents
Each building or repair project is unique and workers can experience countless types of job-related injuries and illnesses, including conditions that stem from:
- Scaffolding failures and other falls — Strict rules govern the use of scaffolding when someone is doing construction work above the ground. When someone is hurt in a fall because required protection failed or wasn’t provided, we take aggressive action to aid victims.
- Heavy equipment accidents — Fatal accidents involving cranes and other heavy construction equipment have made headlines in New York City, yet these problems persist. Often, the companies liable for these problems have been citied previously for safety failures. We will work to hold them accountable.
- Dangerous materials — Building materials have triggered lethal illnesses for construction and factory workers for decades. When someone is sick and suspects toxic substances might be responsible, we determine if a link exists.
- Burns and electrocution —If you’ve been hurt by faulty welding equipment, an electrical fire or some other incident resulting in burns or other damage, our firm works to obtain relief for the pain you’ve endured.
Whether you’ve suffered broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, back trouble or some other type of harm after a construction accident, our New York personal injury lawyers will battle to hold the liable parties accountable.
Can an injured construction worker get damages and workers’ comp?
Workers’ compensation is a system that provides payment to cover medical costs and lost income when someone is hurt on the job. Compensation is awarded regardless of fault and prevents a worker from suing their employer. Pain and suffering damages are not available under workers’ compensation, so when the negligence of a third party (not the victim’s employer) leads to a harmful incident, the injured construction worker can pursue payment from that company or person.
What if I’m not sure who caused the construction accident that hurt me?
Construction sites are busy places where even the workers themselves might not know all of the contractors and subcontractors. Our firm has extensive experience handling cases that are filed based on accidents that occur at building and repair sites. We conduct a detailed investigation that might include collecting physical, documentary and witness evidence. From there, we identify each business and individual who might have contributed to the injury.
Am I able to win in a lawsuit if I am partly responsible for the on-site injury?
Yes. New York law uses the “pure” comparative negligence standard, which means that a victim can collect damages even when partially responsible for their own injury. In these cases of shared fault, the plaintiff’s recovery is reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to them. For example, if a construction worker suffers $100,000 in damages due to faulty equipment but is held to be 20 percent responsible for the incident because they were distracted, the award would be $80,000.
Contact a proven New York City construction accident lawyer for a free consultation
Aguwa & Metu, P.C. litigates cases on behalf of construction accident victims who have been hurt on New York City and Long Island construction sites. For a free consultation regarding your options at our Jamaica, Queens office, please call 718-739-4444 or contact us online. You can also meet with us in Lower Manhattan by making an appointment.