Knowledgeable Construction Injury Lawyer Serving New York
Construction sites are some of the most hazardous workplaces in New York City and across the United States. According to the Nation’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, about 15 percent of the people who are killed in a workplace accident each year are construction employees. Many building site incidents involve unsafe table saws, circular saws, skill saws, and other electric saws. New York victims of these events can rely on experienced construction accident attorney Michael H. Joseph, who has worked in this area of law for more than a decade. The construction accident attorneys at the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph have helped people hurt by defective or carelessly used saws in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Rockland, Long Island, and Staten Island pursue the compensation that they deserve. At the Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC, we will negotiate on your behalf and forcefully represent your interests in the courtroom.
Protect Your Rights and Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
In New York City, building sites are everywhere. Since they are designed to cut through many solid materials, an electric or table saw is an especially dangerous piece of construction equipment. On most construction sites in New York, extensive protections are provided to workers who require a saw to perform their job functions. Despite the many risks inherent in using a saw at a building site, worker safety may be sacrificed in favor of speeding a project along. Additionally, a defectively manufactured or maintained saw may injure a building site worker in an instant. In many cases, a third party such as a contractor or equipment manufacturer may be held responsible for a worker’s harm.
A defective saw that causes a construction employee to be hurt may give rise to a products liability claim. In such a lawsuit, the manufacturer or distributor of a saw can be held financially responsible for an accident if it resulted from a negligent design, an error in the manufacturing process, or inadequate testing. In some situations, a defectively designed product can cause someone to be seriously injured even if the device was produced according to the manufacturer’s specifications. In addition, an electric saw or other product manufacturer has a duty to provide users with adequate warnings and instructions regarding how to properly operate a piece of machinery. If a manufacturer fails to provide such information, and someone is hurt, the company may be held liable for the person’s harm in a products liability lawsuit.
As with other personal injury claims brought in New York, a person who was injured by a defective saw has up to three years from the date of the accident during which to file a products liability claim. If a lawsuit is not filed within that time frame, a victim will normally be barred from seeking damages.
In some cases, a New York construction worker may suffer an untimely death as a result of a saw accident. Although no amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of a loved one, the personal representative of someone who was killed in this unexpected way may be able to seek financial compensation for any damages that the deceased person would have recovered if he or she had survived. This may include lost wages, damages for any pain and suffering experienced by the victim prior to his or her death, medical bills, and funeral expenses. In general, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed in a New York court within two years of the fatal accident to recover damages.
Contact a White Plains Attorney to Pursue Your Accident Lawsuit
People who have suffered a serious accident while using a saw on a construction site need a dedicated injury lawyer on their side. The Law Office of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC, vigorously represents victims in White Plains, Yonkers, Port Chester, New Rochelle, and the rest of Westchester County, as well as the five boroughs of New York City and Rockland County. If you have been injured in a saw accident, do not hesitate to contact us through our website or call us toll-free at (877) 580-6636.