Sure, construction sites tend to carry certain risks, but it's not as if anything goes. Government agencies at the federal and state level are supposed to regulate what happens there.
Of course, government regulation cannot prevent all harm. But if you got hurt on a construction site, it's important to know whether there were violations of safety standards. In appropriate cases, documentation of such violations can help build a case for compensation that goes beyond workers' compensation.
At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are familiar with the applicable rules and regulations that apply to construction. If you were injured on a construction site, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Were There Safety Violations That Caused Your Injury?
Let's be clear on which government agencies we're talking about. At the federal level, the agency is called the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The counterpart agency here in New York is the Division of Safety and Health (DOSH).
These agencies investigate accidents and injuries and often issue citations and penalties if safety violations are found. But OSHA and DOSH also have a proactive role, conducting inspections that are designed to catch safety violations before they cause injuries.
Our attorneys take the findings from OSHA inspections and investigations and apply them to particular cases. If necessary, we also hire experts to obtain more evidence that a construction accident was due to safety violations.
If OSHA or DOSH imposes a fine against your employer, that money goes to the government, not to you. But even if you get workers' compensation, you may have personal injury claims against certain parties other than your employer, such as contractors or makers of defective equipment. Reports from OSHA or DOSH can be helpful in making that case.
The DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Law Firm has extensive experience in handling construction accident cases. We also have access to experts in virtually every field who will give us objective opinions on whether you have a case and, if necessary, testify for us at trial.
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