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Brooklyn Construction & Sidewalk Accidents: Everything You Need to Know

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These days, construction sites are everywhere, and while they’re a sign that the economy is alive and well, they can also be hazardous in a variety of ways. Even if you’re not a worker at a construction site, you can still be injured in an event that’s directly related to it. And if you’re injured while working at, attending, or passing by a construction site, then you may be able to get restitution from the contractor or company that’s overseeing the construction site.

An injured individual’s relationship to the site where the injury happened plays a large role in determining which course of legal action to take. In other words, if you’re a worker at the site, then you’ll have to pursue a course that’s different from the one an individual who has no preexisting relationship to the site would pursue.

No matter why you were there, if you were injured at or around a construction site, a construction lawyer will want to hear your case. Another party may be responsible for your injury, and if that’s the case, they need to compensate you.

If you’ve sustained injuries related to a construction site, call our construction accident lawyer in Brooklyn immediately at 1-800-HURT-511. For years, the Sanders Law Firm has been representing individuals who’ve been injured in construction site accidents, and we’ll fight for you so you get the compensation you deserve.

 

What Hazards Exist at Construction Sites?

Hazards for Workers

There are numerous things that can go wrong at a construction site, but OSHA has found that falls from heights happen more than any other construction accident. Construction workers who get hurt after falling off a roof, ladder, or scaffold are encouraged to reach out to a construction accident lawyer, as the fall may have been caused by lack of fall protection or safety equipment.

Falls can also be caused by poorly installed scaffolding, defective equipment, or weather. Moreover, workers at a construction site are working with and around a lot of heavy machinery, and they’re routinely around toxic materials as well. For these reasons, construction site workers need proper training and safety equipment.

Hazards for Pedestrians

But workers aren’t the only individuals who can be harmed as a result of construction site negligence. A pedestrian may be hit by a truck that’s leaving the site, or they could be struck by falling tools or materials. Regardless of the particulars, if an injury or damage is tied to a construction site, the party that’s been harmed should consult a construction site accident attorney.

What Injuries Occur at or Around Construction Sites?

A range of injuries can be caused by construction site accidents, including head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, shoulder injuries, fractures, burns, and repetitive stress and trauma injuries. And some construction site accidents may result in amputation or even death. While the majority of these injuries are most commonly sustained by construction site workers, there are instances when individuals with no relationship to a job site can be injured because they happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you’ve sustained injuries that are related to a construction site, it’s best to seek medical attention immediately. Afterward, you should reach out to a construction site accident lawyer, as they’ll know how to proceed from there.

Why Do Sidewalk Accidents Happen?

Sidewalks are certainly a step up from the dirt trails that human beings used to walk many years ago, but even sidewalks can be hazardous sometimes.

Slip and Fall Cases

Most sidewalk-related injuries are due to slipping and falling. Say there’s water, oil, or ice on the sidewalk. If the slippery liquid or mass causes you to slip, fall, and get hurt, then the person who’s in charge of the sidewalk may be responsible. Most sidewalk injuries are related to slipping and falling.

Trip and Fall Cases

Then there are instances when an individual trips and falls on a sidewalk because it’s cracked, uneven, or broken. Tripping is also commonly related to steps. If a set of steps is poorly maintained, those who use the steps may be prone to tripping.

Sidewalk Defects

Sidewalk-related injuries can also be caused by sidewalk defects. In these instances, a person’s injury is tied to a crack, the sidewalk being uneven, poor leveling, or a range of other defects. Sidewalks that aren’t maintained well are often defective.

Sidewalks in Brooklyn

In some places, sidewalks are everywhere, and Brooklyn is one of these places. If the sidewalk is not owned by the city, it’s a private one. Whether a sidewalk is owned by the city or a private citizen/company doesn’t really matter. All sidewalks should be maintained, and those that aren’t and cause injury should be fixed and their owners held responsible.

Sidewalk injury cases are in the realm of premises liability, and these claims are often disputed. If you anticipate that your sidewalk injury claim is going to be disputed, it’s best to get a sidewalk accident attorney in Brooklyn on your side before you file.

What Are Common Sidewalk Accident Injuries?

Some sidewalk accidents lead to minor injuries like scrapes and bruises, while others result in serious injury or death. A lot of sidewalk accidents lead to broken bones and head injuries, and in these instances medical treatment will be necessary. And sometimes an individual never fully recovers from a sidewalk-related injury.

Such accidents can cause emotional trauma also, as injured individuals often don’t know how to pursue compensation for their injuries. Then there are those who are afraid to speak out because they’re worried about the negative repercussions that may come from filing a claim. There are also financial costs associated with an injury, as medical bills can be in the tens of thousands of dollars and an injury could cause you to lose income. For all these reasons, you should get a sidewalk accident lawyer to fight on your behalf when you’re injured in a sidewalk accident.

The sidewalk accident lawyers at the Sanders Law Firm have been representing sidewalk accident victims for years. We’ve secured hundreds of favorable judgments, an we’ll make sure your case is presented flawlessly.

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How Slip & Fall Cases and Construction Accident Cases Are Related

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Accidents happen every day, and an unfortunate truth of life is that accidents are unavoidable. In some instances, accidents aren’t a big deal, but in other instances an accident can lead to a disastrous event, one that results in many injuries and extensive damage.

As far as construction sites are concerned, many accidents that happen in or around these result in injury, property damage, and death. After all, there’s heavy machinery everywhere, individuals working at high elevations, frequent exposure to dangerous materials—with all these hazards present, it’s only a matter of time before an accident happens.

Many kinds of accidents happen in or around construction sites, but one of the most common accidents is an individual slipping and falling. Of course slip and fall accidents don’t just happen at construction sites, but with materials, tools, liquids, and other things strewn all over the place at construction sites, it’s much easier for someone to slip and fall at a construction site.

So how does an injured party seek compensation after they get hurt at a construction site? Does a construction site worker have to pursue a special process to seek compensation? What if an injury is construction-site related but the event which caused it didn’t happen inside the site? An experienced and skilled construction accident lawyer, one who knows the ins and outs of slip and fall cases, will be able to answer these questions.

Call 1 800 HURT 511 if you’ve been injured in a construction site accident. Our construction accident lawyers in Queens are also slip and fall case experts, so they’ll be able to help you navigate the complexities of a slip and fall case, whether it was related to a construction site or not.

 

Do Construction Site Workers Slip and Fall?

According to OSHA, slip and fall accidents claimed the lives of more than 300 construction workers in 2018, and what’s even more unfortunate is that the vast majority of these deaths could’ve been prevented. It’s an unfortunate reality, but many construction site workers are not properly trained. Also, a lot of sites are without proper fall-prevention equipment.

For these reasons as well as others, construction site workers are especially prone to slipping and falling. And in a lot of cases, when a construction worker slips and falls, the surface that’ll break their fall is hundreds, if not thousands, of feet below them.

Construction site slip and fall accidents can often be broken down into two categories:

Same-Level Falls: Falls of this nature usually result in minor injuries, like cuts, bruises, muscle strains, and minor concussions.

Falling to a Lower Level: Falls of this nature can be a lot more severe, and many of them are even fatal. The larger the distance one falls, the greater their injuries will be.

 

Does a Construction Site Create Hazards?

While working at a construction site, a construction worker will face a range of hazards, whether they’re working on the ground floor, on scaffolding, or several stories in the air. Since there are hazards everywhere at a construction site, workers need to be especially cautious, though some accidents happen regardless of how cautious workers are. Here are some of the hazards that lead to slip and fall accidents at construction sites:

  • Uneven surfaces
  • Worn or uneven carpeting
  • Loose or damaged floorboards
  • Wet floors and floors that have been recently waxed or polished
  • Strewn debris and materials
  • Cords and electrical wiring
  • Scattered tools
  • Handrails that are broken or defective
  • Insufficient lighting

 

Are Construction Accident Injuries and Slip & Fall Injuries Similar?

Not all accidents that happen at construction sites are the result of slipping and falling. However, when a construction worker slips and falls at a site, it’s likely they’ll sustain injuries that an individual who slips and falls outside of a construction site would sustain.

Again, what separates construction-related slip and fall accidents from non-construction slip and fall accidents is the degree of severity. Because construction site workers are exposed to more hazards, there’s a greater chance that their injuries from a slip and fall accident will be more severe. Still, there are plenty of non-construction slip and fall accidents that result in a fatality. One might even lose their life by slipping and falling on a concrete sidewalk.

 

Are Construction Accident Lawyers Slip & Fall Accident Experts as Well?

Since a great number of construction accidents are caused by slipping and falling, a construction accident lawyer must understand the nature of slip and fall accidents. An experienced and skilled construction accident lawyer will know which hazards are likely to cause a slip and fall accident at a construction site, and they’ll also be able to accurately depict the extent of one’s injuries. Moreover, a construction accident lawyer will know who bears responsibility for the accident, so they’ll be able to pursue compensation from the appropriate parties.

 

Are the Construction Accident and Slip & Fall Claim Processes Similar?

A major difference between construction-related slip and fall accidents and slip and fall accidents that happen outside of a construction site is that usually construction site workers are covered by workers’ compensation. Therefore, if a worker gets injured because they slipped and fell, they won’t be able to sue their employer. Rather, they’ll be compensated by their employer’s insurance company.

However, there are instances when an accident is not covered by workers’ compensation. For example, if a worker slips and falls at a site while being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they won’t be able to seek workers’ compensation.

In a non-construction slip and fall accident, a plaintiff would sue whoever owned the property on which they slipped and fell, and here they would be relying on premises liability.

 

Why Hiring a Lawyer Is Advised in either Instance

Whether your slip and fall accident happened at a construction site or outside one, it’s best to get in touch with a lawyer right away, as they’ll help you pursue compensation. Our slip and fall accident lawyers in Queens have been sought after for years, and we’ve secured hundreds of favorable judgments for our clients.

 

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