Construction sites are notoriously dangerous workplaces. In fact, one out of five workers killed on the job in the United States is a construction worker. Every ladder, walkway, platform or rail has potential to turn into a slip or a fall. Geoffrey Schotter works hard to help injured construction workers and their families hold negligent employers accountable.
Nearly every item, tool or machine on a construction site is capable of causing injury. Workers routinely experience injuries due to falls, falling objects, crushing and exposure to dangerous materials. The most common causes of worksite deaths are falls, falling and moving objects, electrocutions and workers getting caught or stuck in-between surfaces. I strive to get injured workers and their families justice regardless of the cause of the accident.
Those who have been hurt on New York worksites will have different legal rights and remedies depending on the cause of their injury. Depending on who is responsible for the actions or conditions that caused your injury, I will either be able to help you file a workers’ compensation claim or bring a third-party claim against a negligent party.
Workers’ compensation is the standard way for injured workers to get their medical bills and other costs paid. Although it applies slightly differently in each state, it generally works by covering medical bills and partial wages for the duration of the time that you are injured. It is available to those who have been injured on the job and is generally the only way workers can bring a claim against their employers for injuries. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that a worker can recover whether their employer was negligent or not. There may be limits on which doctors you can visit, how much you can recover per week and the duration of payments. I strive to get injured construction workers justice and the benefits they are entitled to under New York law.
While the law prevents workers from suing their own employer, it does not prevent lawsuits against other people or companies on a construction site. Workers are frequently able to bring negligence claims against other contractors, subcontractors and property owners. I will work with you to bring a negligence claim and hold the person or company responsible for your injury liable for their negligence.
When a construction accident is fatal, I help families get justice. If the accident was the fault of your loved one’s employer or an accident with no one at fault, you may be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation laws. If another contractor or entity was responsible for your relative’s death, I will assist your family in bringing a wrongful death lawsuit and seeking compensation.
Geoffrey Schotter provides aggressive and skilled representation to injured construction workers. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries on a construction site, I can help. Call 347-504-6085 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.