The Coronavirus and Construction Accident Claims
It’s a stressful time to be a New Yorker right now. Every day seems to bring more bad news about the number of Coronavirus cases, and more restrictions designed to slow its spread. Job sites all over the city have been shut down, leaving many without work and unsure where the next paycheck will come from.
But, there may be a silver lining to the shutdowns happening due to the government’s Coronavirus containment strategy. If you’re a construction worker who’s been putting off filing an accident claim, now may be an excellent time to contact the New York construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP.
Now Is the Time to Pursue Compensation
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we understand the economic pressures construction workers face every day. Many make the difficult choice to work through a jobsite injury in order to keep providing for themselves and their families. Bills need to be paid, and the prospect of missed work and lost paychecks puts that in jeopardy. It can be difficult to find the time to meet with a lawyer during the work day, and you may be too tired at the end of a shift. You’re busy, and the last thing you want to do is spend hours on a consultation — hours that could be spent with your family.
Now, with sites around the region shutting down, the calculus is different. If you were injured on the job and have been putting off bringing a legal claim so that you could continue to work, now may be the perfect time to schedule an appointment.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations sets the maximum amount of time after an accident during which legal proceedings may begin. Filing a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired typically ends in that case being thrown out by the court. For that reason, it is absolutely vital to initiate proceedings during this window of time.
In the State of New York, the statute of limitations to file a construction accident claim is three years from the date of the incident. This means that even if you’ve been working through an injury for a considerable amount of time, you may still be able to pursue legal compensation — provided you act now.
Construction Work and the Coronavirus
Highly infectious and dangerous particularly to the elderly, the Coronavirus has quickly spread across the globe, including to the City of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have taken aggressive action to limit its spread and “flatten the curve,” including the closure of restaurants, bars, theaters, and gyms. Many construction sites have voluntarily closed, and a government-mandated shutdown of all nonessential construction work is a distinct possibility. This has left many workers without a paycheck, struggling to make ends meet as bills pile up.
If you were injured on the job prior to Coronavirus-related shutdowns, you are entitled to compensation, and the financial peace of mind that comes with it. And if you are considering filing a claim and are concerned about how the legal process will work, we would like to speak to you.
If you currently have a construction accident claim in progress and are not confident in your current law firm’s ability to represent you (especially given the constraints that the Coronavirus has put on individuals and businesses in New York), now is the time to consider making the switch to a firm with the right resources to handle your case during this challenging time. Read our article here on why our firm is uniquely positioned to handle injury cases during this COVID-19 pandemic, and read our article on why switching attorneys could be the best move for your injury claim.
The Hach & Rose, LLP Difference
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our New York construction accident lawyers are uniquely prepared to meet this crisis. We are set up for video conferencing and employ a 100% paperless office, which means we can begin handling your case without the need for an in-person consultation immediately. Our experienced attorneys can discuss your case remotely from the comfort and safety of your own home. And because we’re a large firm with the resources to weather this storm ourselves, you know that we will continue to advocate for your needs after smaller firms have had to shut their doors. Financial compensation and your family’s security are just a phone call away. Contact us today to begin this process.