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Construction workers, especially New York construction workers, are among the most ambitious, diligent workers in our society. Day after day, they do their jobs faithfully, even while knowing the potential dangers that exist. Construction site accidents can happen for a multitude of reasons, including defective equipment, negligent supervisors or laborers, poorly maintained premises, and more. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, you must take several steps. They are as follows:

  1. First, you must call 911. An ambulance will come to take you to a hospital, where your injuries will be treated. Additionally, when the police arrive, they will document the facts of the incident, which can prove useful in the future if you plan on filing a claim.
  2. Once you get off the phone with the police, as you wait for the ambulance to arrive, you should take clear pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, if you are physically capable of doing so.
  3. Next, you should ask anyone who witnessed the accident for their contact information. Emails, phone numbers, business cards, are all acceptable. If possible, you could even ask your witness to clearly state what happened into a voice recording on your phone–witness testimony goes a long way in personal injury lawsuits.
  4. Once you arrive at the hospital and your condition is stabilized, you should ask your doctor for medical documentation surrounding your case, as this may be used to prove your claim as well.
    Finally, you must hire an experienced Westchester County personal injury attorney to pursue legal action against a third-party.
  5. Generally, these lawsuits focus more on subcontractors, property owners, and equipment designers & manufacturers, as opposed to your employer him/herself. This is so you can receive the compensation you need without losing your job.

How long will I have to sue in New York after an accident?

As you may know, individuals are granted only a certain amount of time after an injury to file a lawsuit against the negligent party who caused it. This window of time is known as the statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations in New York State is three years, individuals will have three years from the date of their accident to sue. If you wait any longer than three years, you will generally be barred from suing. It is worth noting that it is especially important you file sooner, rather than later, for construction site accidents. Our firm is here to help you get the claims process started–all you have to do is ask us.

Contact our experienced Westchester County firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.