NYC Lawyer Fighting For Workers with Back Injuries
The lawyer you choose will make all the difference in your case.
There’s a lot of activity going on at construction sites, and an accident can happen that causes serious work injuries. One type of injury often seen among construction workers is back injuries. These injuries can limit mobility and prevent workers from returning to their jobs for week or months. Some injuries result in a permanent disability.
If a negligent third party was responsible for the workplace accident that left you injured, you may be able to recover financial compensation. That’s why you need an experienced NYC construction accident lawyer on your side. At Keogh Crispi, P.C., we know the impact a back injury can have on workers and their families. We fight for the rights and are proud of the results we have we’ve gotten for clients.
A back injury can be serious
The back is a complex structure with many different moving parts. The spinal cord runs through the spinal canal and is protected and supported by 33 bones called vertebrae. There are discs between each vertebra, and muscles, tendons, and ligaments run along the spinal column. An accident can easily result in injury.
There are many different types of back injuries that can happen in a workplace accident, including:
- Herniated discs
- Fractured vertebrae
- Pinched nerves
- Bruised or torn back muscles
- Spinal cord injury
How do back injuries happen at the workplace? They can be the result of a slip and fall accident, falling from a substantial height, being struck by a falling object or being involved in a crash with a construction vehicle – such as bulldozer, backhoe or dump truck.
A back injury can be extremely painful. A worker with an injured back may need surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home health equipment and months of follow-up appointments with doctors. They are unable to work for some time, resulting in a loss of income.
Workers’ compensation benefits can pay for medical expenses and partial wages while you can’t work. But if a third party was responsible for what happened, you deserve compensation.
Our firm holds negligent parties accountable
There can many types of third parties involved in construction projects. They include construction site owners, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, equipment manufacturers, and drivers passing a road crew.
If you have a third-party claim, you can seek compensation for damages including current and future medical expenses related to your injury that weren’t covered by workers’ comp, lost wages that weren’t covered, lost future income, vocational rehabilitation, needed modifications to your home, ongoing medical care, and pain and suffering. But the process can be complicated.
Third parties often deny doing anything wrong and refuse to accept any responsibility for your back injury. Their insurance companies may challenge liability, question the seriousness of your injuries, or argue your back injury was pre-existing.
Insurance companies handle claims every day. They have adjusters, investigators and lawyers on their payroll, all working to find ways to deny or limit your compensation. That’s why you need an experienced NYC construction accident lawyer with a record of results.
When you meet with us for the first time, we want to hear about what happened to you. We want to know how your back injury has affected you and your life. Then we get to work.
Our legal team can investigate your workplace accident to get the facts. We carefully examine all documentation and any photos or video of the accident scene. We gather evidence and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult experts who can help us understand how the accident happened.
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We take the same approach with every case – we prepare as if we are going to trial. That’s because we want the insurance company to know that we are serious about recovering compensation for your back injury. Many times we are able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. If not, we’ll be ready to fight for you in court.
If you suffered a back injury at the workplace, it’s important to take quick action. Notify your employer of the injury within 30 days of the accident to protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits. Then get legal advice as soon as you can.
While New York state law generally allows three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a third party, the fact is that time is not your side. Building a strong case can take months. Important evidence can be lost or destroyed, and witnesses may forget key details over time.
If you were hurt on the job in New York City, learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. There’s no cost and no obligation. We just want you to have the information you need to decide what to do next.