I Was Injured by a Bulldozer on a Construction Site: Can I Sue?
When it comes to construction site accidents in New York City, we usually think of scaffolding accidents and crane accidents. Yet bulldozers and heavy equipment are also used at construction sites, and these large vehicles can cause catastrophic injuries. Pedestrians and tourists visiting NYC can be seriously harmed in bulldozer accidents.
At Zucker & Regev, P.C. in Brooklyn, NY, our skilled team of construction accident lawyers can help you sue the people who caused or contributed to the accident. Let’s go over different parties you can file a civil lawsuit against.
Suing the Property Owner or General Contractor
The owner of the property being worked on and the general contractor overseeing the construction are legally required to keep their worksite safe. This includes making sure that any bulldozers or heavy equipment are operated safely and properly maintained.
Negligence on the part of either party means that they can be held liable for property damage, injuries, or fatal accidents should they occur.
Suing the Contractor or Subcontractor
There are often multiple contractors who are hired to work on a construction site. The work of one contractor or subcontractor could potentially contribute to an accident involving a bulldozer or other heavy equipment. If this is the case, it’s crucial that the contractor or subcontractor be held accountable for their negligence.
Suing the Manufacturer of the Bulldozer
There are cases in which the cause of the accident had nothing to do with human error or unsafe conditions at the construction site. The manufacturer of the bulldozer may be to blame instead.
In these cases, a design, manufacturing, or quality control problem resulted in a bulldozer that was not safe for operation.
What If I’m a Construction Worker Rather Than a Pedestrian or Tourist?
New Yorkers and tourists aren’t the only people who could be injured by a bulldozer. Construction workers can also be severely harmed by heavy equipment at their worksite.
If a third-party (not your employer) contributed to the accident, you may seek a lawsuit against them in addition to collecting worker’s comp. For instance, you could collect worker’s compensation and file a product liability lawsuit if the manufacturer or the bulldozer contributed to the accident.
If your employer was negligent and their actions led to the bulldozer accident, you will need to choose between taking worker’s comp or filing an injury accident lawsuit against your employer.
How Our Lawyers Can Help You
Whether you are a New Yorker passing by a construction site, a tourist injured in New York City, or a construction worker based in the area, an injury accident can lead to complicated questions. You may be wondering what your next steps are and if legal action is warranted. You may also be wondering what this could mean with regard to an insurance settlement or worker’s compensation.
Full Case Evaluation
Rest assured that the team at Zucker & Regev is here to help. Our personal injury law firm in Brooklyn, NY, can review your case and let you know if you have a legal claim. For New York City construction workers, we can weigh the pros and cons of pursuing litigation rather than taking worker’s comp and help you pursue the action that makes the most sense in your situation.
Maximizing Your Verdict or Settlement
If you hire us to work on your case, we will help you negotiate a fair settlement and seek maximum legal compensation in court if needed. Your legal best interests will always be on our minds.
Contact Our Attorneys to Review Your Legal Options
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bulldozer accident, it’s crucial that you contact our injury attorneys in Brooklyn, NY. You can also reach our law firm by phone at (718) 624-1211.