Should I Wait To Hire An Attorney After A Construction Accident?

If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, you are probably focused on recovering. You may be hospitalized, followed by a series of draining doctor and rehabilitation appointments.

The prospect of finding an attorney can be daunting. However, the sooner you find qualified legal counsel after a construction accident, the better your chances of obtaining the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.

Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., is a Manhattan law firm with highly qualified lawyers who have significant experience litigating and negotiating settlements for construction workers. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents in New York City and throughout the region.

Why You Should Work With An Attorney Right Away

If you've been seriously injured in a construction accident, it's important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. As soon as an accident is reported, lawyers for parties that could be held liable will begin investigating and forming potential defenses to legal claims. You can protect yourself with experienced legal counsel.

An attorney can:

  • Collect and analyze evidence soon after an accident. Accident sites are often repaired to prevent further harm. If an accident victim did not take photos immediately after an accident, a lawyer may be able to preserve any remaining evidence as soon as possible.
  • Interview witnesses. Memories fade with time. A lawyer can collect information from witnesses while the accident is fresh in their minds and details are accurate.
  • Protect your rights in dealings with workers' compensation, employers and parties that could be held liable. A lawyer can ensure that your statements about the accident do not jeopardize your case.
  • Meet applicable deadlines. Depending on the party that is being sued, a Notice of Claim may need to be filed within a certain period of time. (For example, claims against the City of New York and other municipal agencies generally have to be filed within 90 days after the accident.) Bringing an attorney in early in the process can ensure that statutory deadlines are met.

An attorney can also advise you on important steps to take after an accident. You should report a construction accident to your supervisor or other appropriate party immediately, and you should seek appropriate medical care for your condition. After that, your next step should be a consultation with an attorney.

Take Action And Seek Our Help Today

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., our attorneys begin building a case for a client soon after an accident, when evidence is fresh and memories have not yet faded. To contact us, call us locally at 212.732.4992, call us toll free at 800-574-4LAW or contact us online.

We offer free initial consultations, and our cases are handled on a contingency basis. This means you will not owe us attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for your claim.

Case Results

Since 1965, we’ve recovered over $1 BILLION on behalf of our clients. read more
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    $2.1 million settlement

    for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.

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    $1.6 million settlement

    for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.

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    $2.55 million settlement

    for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.

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    $1.75 million settlement

    for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.

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    $2.5 million settlement

    for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.

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    $1.2 million settlement

    during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.