As an experienced Buffalo Accident Attorney, I am often asked about the benefits that someone can collect if they have been seriously injured in a construction site accident. In New York State, damages are made up of a number of components, the most obvious of which include physical damage, physical injuries, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life experienced by the individual. Less readily apparent damages can – and oftentimes do – include the psychological elements of those injuries. For example, when a person can no longer do things they used to do, there’s a psychological component to their altered life.
Added to one’s physical and psychological damages is an element of special damages which may include loss of wages in the future – even on the back end of current wages lost – and the loss of earning capacity. If, as a result of one’s injury, the length of time the victim would have worked is projected to be shortened by five years, we back-end that.
In addition, some people lose the ability to do certain things they used to do – such as cleaning their home, vacuuming a pool, doing things around their house – and that loss of functionality is factored in as an added component. In those cases, an expert is hired to calculate those damages by determining what the replacement cost of those functions would be. That way, we can make sure the injured person can pay for those special damages in the future.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a construction site accident? Contact dedicated Buffalo Accident Attorney Robert Maranto to fight for your family.