At some workplaces, the biggest risk of an average day at work is losing a client or damaging a piece of office equipment. But when the workplace is a construction site, the risks are much more dangerous; on any given day, workers may be seriously injured, and there is the potential that life will be lost. Because of this substantial risk, construction companies are required to take many precautions to protect workers, and numerous rules and regulations to enhance safety have been established. Unfortunately, many companies take “short cuts” with safety requirements, and even with safety standards in place, accidents at construction sites still occur. When such accidents do occur, it is important to consult a firm of skilled Bronx construction accident lawyers who can advise you of your legal rights and options.
Part of what makes construction accidents so dangerous is the nature of the work. Because of the regulations and safety precautions that are supposed to be in place at construction sites, an injury usually means that something went wrong — which can mean everything from missing safety devices or equipment, to failure to properly secure equipment, failure to clean up after performing work and leaving dangerous debris, inadequate lighting, to lack of supervision. We all know haste makes waste; contractors that choose to cut corners and rush jobs to increase their profits at the expense of safety for the workers and the public wind up needlessly harming people.
What can lead to a construction accident?
Many companies pay lip service to safety first and zero tolerance, but actions speak louder than words. Injuries and deaths on construction sites are the direct results of choosing to violate basic safety rules and laws. The injured person or group may go from looking forward to a paycheck to facing significant medical bills, no wages, and substantial pain and suffering. Who will pay the rent or the mortgage? Who will buy food? Who will support the family? And what of the loss of dignity, self-respect and independence?
Because of all of the costs and uncertainty, it is important to speak with an experienced construction lawyer as quickly as you can. This can help you understand whether or not you have a claim against a party such as the owner of the premises on which you are working, the General Contractor or construction Manager in charge of site safety, or a subcontractor that was negligent. Construction lawsuits can be complicated simply because there are so many parties involved, such as contractors and subcontractors. In addition, parties such as insurance companies, architects, engineers, or construction management companies may be potentially liable for injuries or wrongful death that occurs on a construction site.
Speak with an Expert Personal Injury Attorney at Sonin & Genis
Construction accident and wrongful death cases are quite complex, and there is a lot on the line. Being experienced, knowledgeable, skilled and thorough is a must. An experienced construction accident attorney will make sure that your case is handled professionally and will work to understand the unique facts and circumstances of your injury-causing situation.
At Sonin & Genis, we have recovered millions of dollars for clients injured in ladder and scaffolding accidents, crane accidents and other types of accidents that may occur on a construction site. Going to court is just one of many ways a Bronx construction accident attorney can help you exercise your legal rights, and a consultation does not impose any obligation on you. If you do choose to work with Sonin & Genis, we will not charge you a fee unless you recover compensation. For more information, contact the firm and speak with one of the partners at (718)561-4444.