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Construction Accident Lawsuits


If you are injured on the job, you may have been told that workers’ compensation is your sole source of recovery for the losses you have suffered. However, this may not be the case. Depending on
who was at fault, you may also have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit.

The Manhattan law firm of O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, represents construction workers in the New York City area who suffer work-related injuries. Our attorneys have recovered
millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

Should I Sue?

The decision to file a personal injury lawsuit should not be taken lightly. If you suffered a minor injury and expect to recover fully in a few weeks, workers’ compensation may provide all the help you need to get back on your feet. Workers’ compensation provides free medical care and wage replacement benefits for people who are injured on the job regardless of who was at fault.

However, there are times you should explore other legal options. Here are some examples:

  • You suffer a serious injury as a result of the negligence of someone else.
  • You suffer an injury requiring medical care and your employer does not provide workers’ compensation insurance.

We offer a
free initial consultation to discuss your case. We will not recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit unless we think it is the best option available to you.

When Workers’ Compensation Is Not Enough

If you have suffered a serious injury, workers’ compensation will not be enough to protect your family from financial hardship.

In some cases, injured workers can recover additional compensation through our civil justice system by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Here are some examples of times when you may have the right to file a lawsuit:

  • Your employer violated safety rules that are designed to protect construction workers, such as Section 240 of New York’s Labor Law that protects workers on elevated structures.
  • Your injury was caused by someone who doesn’t work for your employer, such as a subcontractor or property owner.
  • You were injured by a defective product.
  • You were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Our lawyers will evaluate your accident case and then seek compensation from all parties who may be liable. In many cases, these cases are resolved through negotiations with the negligent party’s insurance company. If the insurance company does not make a reasonable offer, we can try the case in court.

For More Information About Construction Accident Lawsuits

We offer a free and confidential consultation to review your case and explain your options after a construction accident. Call
212-571-7100 to arrange a time to talk with one of our attorneys. If you are unable to travel to use, we will travel to you.

The following pages provide more information about construction accident lawsuits:

Whom can you sue for a construction injury?

Who was at fault for your injury?

How much time do you have to file a personal injury lawsuit?


“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”