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New York Construction Accident

Even with extensive safety regulations, the construction industry is a very dangerous profession. Accidents occur regularly, resulting in serious injury. These accidents often occur because of a miscommunication between co-workers, faulty equipment and poor safety training. Injuries sustained in these accidents can be serious and at times life threatening, including a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury is an injury that cuts, bruises or causes any type of trauma to the bones or nerves that are part of the spinal cord. If you or a family member suffered a spinal cord injury in a construction accident, car accident, truck accident or SUV accident due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim. Contact an experienced New York Construction Accidents Lawyer who will explain to you your legal rights and who will work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled under New York law.

Common Causes for Construction Site Accidents

While there are many reasons that accidents occur at construction sites, common types of construction site accidents include scaffolding accidents, slip and fall accidents, crane accidents, falling debris, trench collapse, and fire and explosions. An injury from any of these types of accidents can be severe and can result in permanent disability, preventing the victim from ever being able to return to employment. Under New York Labor Law §§ 200, 240, and 241, employers must ensure that workers use proper safety equipment and are protected from falls and falling objects. If an employer fails to follow safety requirements, then the employer may be legally liable if the employee is injured. However, liability may not be limited to employers. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, other parties may be wholly or partly responsible including property owners, general contractors, project managers, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, and architects.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries and Common Symptoms

There are many different types of spinal cord injuries, including:

  • Anterior Cord Syndrome
  • Central Cord Syndrome
  • Posterior Cord Syndrome
  • Brown-Sequard Syndrome
  • Complete Injuries
  • Incomplete Injuries
  • Injury without radiographic abnormality
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Herniated disks
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Nerve impingement

Depending on where the spinal cord injury is located and the severity of the injury, there are many different possible symptoms. The most severe symptom is complete paralysis where there is no movement or sensation in the affected body parts. Other symptoms include:

  • Pressure or pain
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulty walking
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Muscle spasticity
Pursuing Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury

Whether the spinal cord injury was the result of a construction accident, car accident, slip and fall accident or an act of violence, a severe spinal injury requires a long, painful course of treatment and period of recovery. Victims face significant medical expenses including fees associated with emergency room treatment, the hospital stay, treatment by doctors, physical therapy, assistive equipment, and medication. To make matters worse, while you are recovering you will not be able to work and earn an income to pay for your medical expenses and support your family.

Fortunately, if your spinal cord injury was due to the accidental or intentional act of another person, under New York law you have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. You may be able to recover both past and future medical expenses including hospital bills, expenses for surgery, rehabilitation fees, and fees for prescription medication. You may also be able to recover the cost of assistive equipment such as a wheelchair as well as modifications to your home to make it accessible. Furthermore, you may be able to recover both lost wages, loss of future earning capacity and pain and suffering.

If the accident that resulted in your spinal cord injury was work-related, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Compensation often comes in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, it is important to know that worker’s compensation benefits are limited. Furthermore, just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefits available through workers’ compensation.

New York Construction Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a construction site accident, contact our legal team. These cases are complex and it is essential to have legal guidance to obtain the compensation you deserve. You may be able to collect compensation over and above the workers’ compensation award. It is important you speak with an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries such as a brain injury, neck injury, or head injury. That staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is experienced in representing clients who have been injured in construction accidents, as well as in other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.