If You Suffered A Workplace Knee Injury, We Can Help
Call an experienced NYC construction accident attorney
Having healthy knees is important in construction. Workers are constantly on the move – walking, standing, bending down, lifting and going up and down stairs. But a workplace accident can change their lives in seconds. A work injury involving the knee can be devastating and leave workers unable to perform the tasks required for their job.
A knee injury can impact workers physically, emotionally and financially. If a third party was responsible for causing the accident that left you injured, you deserve financial compensation. But the legal process can be complicated. You need an experienced NYC construction accident lawyer. At Keogh Crispi, P.C. we help you fight back and hold negligent third parties accountable.
There are four bones in the knee – the femur (upper leg bone), the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones), and the patella (kneecap). They are attached with ligaments and tendons, and two muscle groups provide power and control of the knee. There is also cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. An injury to any part of the knee can result in pain and limited mobility.
A serious knee injury can happen in seconds
How do knee injuries happen on construction sites? A worker can be hurt by falling from a height, slipping and falling, being hit by a falling object, or getting into an accident with heavy equipment or a construction vehicle.
An accident can result in a fractured patella, torn ligaments, ruptured tendons or torn cartilage. A knee injury may require surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, rest, and multiple follow-up appointments with doctors.
Recovering from a knee injury can take months. In some cases, it can take more than a year for a worker to be able resume normal activities. In the meantime, they can’t work and there is no income coming in. Some workers are left with a permanent disability and are unable to return to work at all.
In New York, workers’ compensation benefits can pay for an injured workers’ medical expenses and partial lost wages. After a work injury, you generally can’t sue your employer. But you may be able to recover additional compensation from a negligent third party.
There are other parties doing work on construction sites, and all have responsibilities to ensure a safe work environment. These include property owners, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects and equipment manufacturers. When they fail to meet their responsibility to provide safe working conditions and workers are injured, they need to be held accountable.
An experienced attorney can hold negligent parties accountable
But don’t expect a negligent third party to simply accept responsibility and agree to pay damages. They will claim they had nothing to do with the accident that left you hurt and argue they took every precaution to keep people safe. Their insurance carriers may deny liability and dispute your claim. They know how much money is at stake.
That’s why you need an experienced construction accident attorney who knows how to build strong cases that get the results you need – and deserve. We understand how a knee injury can change the lives of workers and their families in just seconds. We also know the obstacles workers can face when dealing with third parties and insurance companies. We help them fight back.
If you suffered a knee injury at the workplace, we want to hear from you. We’ll listen as you tell us what happened and advise you of your options. Then we get to work.
Our legal team acts quickly to investigate your accident. Construction sites change rapidly, so it’s important to gather evidence as soon as possible. We’ll review photos of the scene and read through accident reports and other documentation. We’ll interview witnesses and if needed, consult industry experts who can help us understand how the accident happened.
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We’ll also determine the total amount of damages you suffered and demand compensation. In New York, that can include compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost past and future income, vocational rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Our firm puts a lot of work into cases to show the insurance companies we are serious about recovering compensation. We are often able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. But if a settlement can’t be reached, we’ll be ready to fight for your rights in court.
If you suffered a knee injury at the workplace, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Though the statute of limitations for taking legal action is three years, important evidence can be lost over time.
We’re ready to talk to you. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at our New York City office. You can call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.