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What Is the Statute of Limitations for Construction Accident Lawsuits in New York?

New York Construction Accident Attorneys

Under New York’s statute of limitations, you typically have three years from the date of a construction site accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If the accident caused a fatality, survivors must file their claims within two years. In all cases, the deadlines may be much shorter if a federal, state, or local government entity is named as the defendant in your lawsuit.

Contact the NYC construction accident attorneys atRheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman as soon as possible after your injury to make sure all filing deadlines are met. We can review your case, identify all liable parties, and act promptly on your behalf to protect your rights to compensation.


What types of construction accidents might be the subject of a lawsuit?

Construction workers who are injured on the job have the right to claim workers comp benefits, but in some cases, they might also be entitled to sue at-fault parties for personal injury damages.

Potential targets of lawsuits include the owner of the construction site property, the general contractor and subcontractors working at the site, material supply and delivery companies, manufacturers of defective construction equipment, and site architects and engineers.

Multiple types of injuries can give rise to a construction accident lawsuit, including:

  • Falls from elevations, or injuries caused by tools or materials that are dropped from elevations
  • Entrapments in construction pits or other tight enclosures
  • Collapsing scaffolds or cranes
  • Slip-and-fall mishaps on construction sites
  • The harm caused by defective construction tools and equipment

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Can the New York statute of limitations for construction accident lawsuits be extended?

In a limited number of situations, the New York statute of limitations might be extended or “tolled” if, for example, the injured party has not yet reached the age of majority or has a mental disability that affects his or her ability to file a lawsuit.

Parties who have been injured in construction accidents, however, should never assume that the statutory deadlines can be extended in their cases.

Failure to file a lawsuit within the prescribed limits will generally result in the dismissal of a lawsuit and the loss of a party’s right and opportunity to collect damages for construction accident injuries.


How can construction accident victims make sure to meet NY State deadlines?

An injured construction accident victim can best assure compliance with the deadlines imposed by the New York Statute of Limitations by:

  • Procuring prompt medical diagnosis and treatment of all injuries and following all instructions from treating physicians
  • Notifying the employer about the accident, preferably in writing and, if available, on an accident report form provided by the employer
  • Retaining evidence about the accident, including notations of the date, time, and location of the incident, names and contact information of all eyewitnesses, and a narrative of what the injured victim was doing when the accident happened
  • Keeping clear copies of all records, medical bills and invoices, and other costs and expenses associated with injuries
  • Contacting a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer, regardless of how minor the injuries might appear to be at first

The accident victim’s lawyer will advise him or her on how best to proceed to recover the largest available compensation and verify that all claims are properly filed well before the statute of limitations expires.


CallRheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman as soon as possible after your NYC construction accident

If someone else’s negligence contributed to your construction site injury, you may be entitled to substantial damages to cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced future earning capacity in the case of a long-term or permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life

Some workers may hesitate to contact a lawyer out of fear of losing their job or other forms of retaliation on the part of an employer or other party involved in the construction project. Rest assured that when you Contact Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman, we are prepared to fully protect your rights as an employee under NY state law and fight for the full amount of damages you are owed.

If you suffered an injury while working a construction job in New York, please call our team for a confidential, no-fee, no-obligation consultation. We will determine the statute of limitations deadline for your construction accident claim and advise you on how you can recover the largest available compensation for your losses and injuries.

We’re ready to stand for the rights and interests of workers. Call us at (212) 684-1880 today.