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When construction sites pose hazards to the public

Construction sites are generally subject to high levels of safety. Anyone entering a construction site will most likely be ordered to wear hard hats and high visibility jackets. However, construction sites can closely interact with public spaces, especially when workers are repairing sidewalks or the exteriors of buildings.

If you have been injured as a member of the public when near a construction site, you may have, unfortunately, suffered injuries that led you to seek hospital treatment. In addition to the pain, suffering and distress caused, you may have suffered financially because of the incident.

Most commonly, financial damages occur in the form of medical bills and lost wages, as well as childcare costs incurred during the recovery period. It is important that you hold the construction site responsible for your injury if you believe that the lack of safety standards were the cause of your injury.

Can I file a premises liability claim even if I was not present on the construction site when the injury occurred?

The construction site has the responsibility to keep the surrounding area free from hazards and from debris. If you can show that your injury was a direct result of the negligent or reckless actions of the construction site, you should be able to successfully make a claim.

What are the key signs of construction site negligence?

If a construction site interacts with a public space -- for example, if it is in place on part of the sidewalk -- there must be clear signs that the space is off limits and that there are hazards nearby. This means that the area should be blocked off by barriers so that a member of the public cannot accidentally walk onto the construction site. In addition, if hazards such as high voltage electricity currents are present on the site, specific signs should be in place to highlight the nature of the danger.

If you have been injured because of the negligent actions of a New York construction worker, it is important that you do not suffer in silence. By taking action, you may be able to recover damages and gain compensation for the suffering caused.

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