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When construction workers' accidents are caused by third parties

There seems to be no shortage of building or remodeling projects going on in New York City at any given time. This may be good for you since you work in the construction industry, but it may also increase your chances of suffering injuries while on-the-job. While many of the risks you face are internal, some construction workers' accidents result from the negligent or reckless actions of third parties.

After working with a crew for some time, you may trust them to act responsibly and safely as much as possible. However, there are plenty of times when subcontractors are at the same site along with your crew, and you cannot predict their behavior. If one of them fails to follow safety procedures or gets careless, you could end up being struck by large equipment, vehicles or power tools.

New York City's streets aren't always safe either. You cannot predict whether a vehicle will jump the curb and slam into the scaffolding you are on, which could send you falling to the ground. No matter how safe you and your crew are on a job site, other dangers could cause you injury and keep you from work.

If that happens, you may be able to file a third party claim against an individual, company or both who caused or contributed to your injuries through some sort of negligence or recklessness. In order to know for sure, it might be helpful to sit down with an attorney who handles construction workers' accidents on a regular basis. Workers' compensation benefits only cover certain financial losses, but if a third party is responsible for your injuries, you may have an avenue to recover additional damages.

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