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What to Do When You're Injured in a Construction Accident in New York City and Long Island

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Injured on a NYC construction site?

With the many buildings and skyscrapers surrounding New York City, thousands of individuals are employed on these city construction sites. However, that also includes hundreds of workers facing fatalities and serious construction injuries in the workplace every year.

Working from risky heights or operating heavy machinery is common in these work sites, which is why most serious injuries happen from slips, trips, and falls. And while the labor authorities and the city have passed laws to protect workers from these dangers, it isn’t always preventable

At The Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian, we protect you and your rights when you get into a construction accident. Our attorneys are here to protect your right to fair worker’s compensation when you are injured on the job. Accidents are severe and can drastically change your life, and while recovery is your number one, the medical bills is another struggle you will face. Let us fight for you and get the compensation you deserve!

File Construction Accident Workers' Compensation Claim

File a construction site accident workers’ compensation claim with us now! By hiring us, we’ll help advocate for your rights and to:

  1. Assess your claim
  2. Help navigate you through the claims process
  3. File your claim on time 
  4. Handle an appeal in case of denial
  5. Negotiate to maximize your compensation

Each case is different! Submit us a message using our contact form or call us at 718-362-3180 for a free legal consultation to discuss your case.

Workers' Compensation for Construction Workers in New York and Long Island

Who Do We Represent in Construction Accidents?

Construction workers are an integral part to help build the foundation for companies and homes for many individuals. Fortunately, many of these workers are covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance depending on the specific nature of their work if they face a construction accident while on the job. Below is an example of some of the construction workers represented by the Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian:

Construction Laborers

These laborers perform physical tasks such as carrying materials, operating equipment, and assisting other people in New York City construction sites


Workers including those that install and repair structures made of wood including cabinets, furniture, and other woodwork


Technicians responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical equipment systems in buildings such as NYC skyscrapers


These workers focus on the installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing systems, fixtures, and water supply networks in New York City buildings and homes


Welders join or cut metal parts using heat and specialized tools for structural components, pipelines, and equipment used in NYC construction areas


Whether large NYC buildings or smaller residences, roofers install and repair roofs ensuring insulation and weatherproofing

Heavy Equipment Operators

This category includes operators involved in maneuvering machinery such as bulldozers, cranes, and excavators in construction sites


Like welders, these workers assemble and install structural steel components used in the construction of New York City buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure

NYC Construction Site Worker Accidents

Working on a construction site has many risks, from slipping and falling, to breaking bones. While these are common to construction sites, and safety measures are in place to prevent injuries from happening, you still have a right to fair worker’s compensation for your injuries regardless of how the accident happened. Our talented team at The Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian handles all complex cases of construction site accidents should you face a construction accident injury. These include: 

Equipment Malfunction

Occurs when a worker uses machinery that starts to malfunction resulting in the equipment losing control and can hurt the worker

Scaffolding Falls

When doing construction on higher floors or levels, you run the risk of falling from the scaffolding

Roof and Ladder Falls

High levels such as roofs of homes or standing idle on a ladder without proper equipment may cause a falling accident

Toxic Chemical Exposure

Certain chemicals and materials used in the industry can be harmful when accidentally inhaled or ingested

Falling Objects and Debris

Falling objects and debris especially from higher levels can hit people causing a major accident

Electric Shock

There may be faulty wiring or live circuits that can be overlooked or mishandled causing an electric shock

Common Causes for Construction Accidents in NYC

NY Labor Laws have provided rules in place for contractors and owners to make sure there is proper protection for workers, and machinery is safe for use. They have an obligation to make sure dangerous conditions are fixed, and warn their workers of possible dangers. So, what happens if these are broken? Negligence and lack of supervision/communication is often the most problematic when it comes to construction site accidents IN NYC. Frequent causes of these accidents include:

Improper Maintenance of Equipment and Machinery

A huge cause for accidents is not properly maintaining equipment and the proper routines for caring for machinery

Lack of Proper Protective Equipment

Prevention is key with high quality equipment and industrial grade products able to withstand extreme machinery use

Failure to Secure or Install Scaffolding

Certain areas of scaffolding may accidentally be overlooked or improperly installed causing a possible accident

Lack of Appropriate Worksite Training for Machinery

Without the proper safety training and manuals for new workers to read on, many workers may make a mistake causing an accident

Serious Construction Injuries That Can Happen

While the minor cuts and bruises are inevitable, injuries can get much more serious without proper protection, communication, and supervision beforehand. Some of these injuries are life-altering, not just for you, but for your family as well. You might not even be able to enjoy life as it was before the accident. You have to make sure your injuries recover, and that medical bills/expenses are paid as well. This is why it is important to know your rights as a worker! Workers hurt in these types of construction accidents often suffer:

Broken and Fractured Bones

Occurs when severe trauma happens in the body or a person falls from a certain height fracturing and breaking bones

Joint Dislocation

When a worker falls from a height or a ladder, they can land incorrectly causing trauma to the joints and dislocating them

Head Injuries

Head injuries, including concussions, if they are involved in accidents where their head hits a hard surface or experiences a sudden jolt.

Brain Injuries

Falling from scaffolding or a ladder can cause serious damage to the skull and brain resulting in brain bleeding or a skull fracture

Lifting Injuries

Workers involved in lifting, carrying, or handling heavy machinery may experience back injuries, such as herniated discs, muscle strains, or spinal injuries.


Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Construction Workers

If you are a construction worker and got injured in a construction site or at some point during work, you are legally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In New York State, all employers are legally obligated to have workers’ compensation insurance which has your back covered in case of a construction accident. These benefits may include, but are not limited to the following:

Medical Care

Workers are covered with medical treatment/care and reimbursed for medical expenses including doctor visits, testing, prescription, surgery, and more.

Lost Wage Reimbursement

Workers temporarily unable to go back to work are able to receive reimbursements for lost wages. These cash payments are usually 2/3 of their average weekly wages or maximum approved payment.

Permanent Disability Benefits

Also called Scheduled Loss of Use (SLU), these are cash benefits paid to workers who have suffered permanent injuries and are unable to return back to work.

Vocational Rehabilitation

If the injury has caused the worker to not be able to return back to their previous job field, vocational rehabilitation allows them to receive employment through training benefits and job placement.

Death Benefits for Family Members

If a worker suffers a fatal injury resulting in death, surviving family members are able to receive to receive death benefits and payments for funeral expenses.

Regardless if you were totally to blame for the accident, workers’ compensation in NYC is a no-fault system. No party is to blame, which means you can get workers’ compensation benefits after a construction accident.

How a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help You

When filing a claim, it can be very stressful with all the documentations and evidence needed. With a Workers’ Compensation attorney, we can help navigate you through the process of the claim and assess your compensation! 

Furthermore, our attorneys have knowledge of the laws of NYS surrounding construction accidents. By having an attorney, it makes it easier to investigate the case, and give you a much better success rate of winning! 

Don’t wait to talk to a lawyer! If you were hurt on the job, call us at The Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian. Our experienced construction accident lawyers in NYC are ready to help you get the fair compensation you deserve!

We handle all complex cases, get a free case review/consultation. And you pay no fees until you win your case! Call our office today or use our contact form and let us help you get justice!

Queens-based NYC Workers’ Compensation Attorney Edmond Hakimian

Edmond J. Hakimian, Esq.

Workers’ Compensation Attorney
in New York City & Long Island

The Law Offices of Edmond J. Hakimian PC. represents knowledge and years of experience advocating for our New York City and Long Island clients in the area of workers’ compensation, work injury compensation, personal injury compensation, social security disability, as well as legal protection for uninsured employers.

Call now and get a free construction accident legal consultation and case evaluation. Pay nothing unless your case is won!

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