If you've been seriously injured as the result of a construction site accident in New York, you're probably wondering - or should be - How do I prove my construction site accident case under New York law?
Based on mass media reports - and the implicit message in attorney ads, one would have to assume that if you've been seriously injured in a construction site accident in New York, you are automatically entitled to receive a damages award for your personal injuries.
You Are Not Automatically Entitled to Receive a Damages Award for Your Personal Injuries
To the contrary, New York's courts have been clamping down considerably on construction site accident cases, and the number of successful construction site accident cases is dwindling.
Simply put, there are several important questions that you should have answered before you agree to talk to the insurance company, and even before you hire any attorney.
These questions include the following:
Many Lawyer Ads Claim That They Handle Construction Site Accident Cases in New York. But None of The Ads Answer Any of These Questions; And None of Them Arm You With the Information You Need on How To Avoid Mistakes That Are Guaranteed to Diminish the Value of Your Accident Claim.
The articles at our construction site accident blog and website give straightforward answers to these questions, and more, including:
In addition, our FREE guide to New York accident cases
Our free guide "Why Most Accident Victims Do Not Recover the Full Value of their Claim" answers the following important questions:
What the insurance company will likely do to try to defeat your claim;
What your role should be in helping prosecute your accident claim, and, most importantly,
The 10 Mistakes That Are Guaranteed To Diminish the Value of Your Accident Claim (and how to avoid them).
You can order a copy of this book by filling out the contact form here, or by calling our Long Island office at 516.791.5700.
Here are some of the basic rules governing construction site accident cases in New York:
Construction site accident cases in New York are governed by § 200, 240(1) and 241(6) of the Labor Law. These laws were enacted in order to assure that both the owners and contractors at construction sites provide their workers with adequate safety measures and equipment, and thereby prevent - to the maximum extent possible - these terrible and tragic construction site accidents from occurring. In general, if a construction site worker sustains serious personal injuries as a direct result of the defendants' violation of one of these worker safety statutes, they will be held responsible for the workers' injuries as a matter of law.
In our view, if you have been seriously injured as the result of a new york construction site accident, you are probably wasting your time if you are trying to negotiate a pre-action settlement with the insurance company. Simply put, you are far more likely to obtain fair and reasonable compensation for your accident claim after you file suit.
We promise to give you ethical, sound counsel, and to use the most up-to-date technology to move your case through the court system more efficiently and effectively. In that regard, our Long Island, New York law office is part of a rare breed of offices that has changed over to a nearly paperless office, and files nearly all of our cases electronically through the New York courts' e-filing system.
The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Cooper are located in Nassau County, New York, and serves the following areas: Nassau, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Suffolk, Manhattan, Westchester and Staten Island.
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Even if you are unsure whether your case is valid, you can fill out the contact form on this page, or pick up the phone and call us for a free and confidential consultation. We promise to tell you the cold, hard truth - even if it means that you do not have a viable case.