Construction Accidents

  • Ladder & Scaffold Falls
  • Falls from a height or elevated platform
  • Construction debris of other falling objects
  • Accidents with construction vehicles,  machinery, forklifts, crane & other equipment
  • Hoisting Accidents

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Each year, thousands of workers at construction and renovation sites are injured on the job. These accidents happen due to improper or dangerous equipment and the negligence of co-workers or supervisors at work places. Falls from ladders, scaffolding, elevated platforms or other heights are covered under specific labor laws. A construction accident attorney helps workers injured on construction sites are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, they may be able to sue the property owner and its agents and contractors for full personal injury and pain and suffering. The damages recovered may be very substantial. Building owners and their agents and contractors must supply and operate safety equipment to prevent workers from injuries caused by falls from elevated workplaces. Failure to do so results in absolute liability, even if the worker’s own fault contributes to the accident. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Workers Compensation Lawyer

1) If I am injured while working at a construction site will my medical bills be paid?

In most cases if you were in the course of your employment at the time of the accident you will be covered by Workers’ Compensation.

Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides payments for medical bills and lost wages for workers who are injured or become ill as a direct result of working at their job. You do not have to prove that anyone was at fault for your accident or injury. As long as it happened while you were in the course of your employment you should be covered by Workers’ Compensation.

2) If I am eligible for Workers Compensation can I still sue to recover monetary damages if I was injured at a construction site while working?

Workers’ compensation benefits only affect your recovery from your employer, not other parties. If other parties, like the property owners or other contractors on the construction site were negligent or responsible for your injuries, you may be able to recover from them in addition to collecting workers’ compensation benefits.

3) The construction site where I was injured had safety violations. Does that help in a lawsuit?

Injuries occurring on construction sites often result from safety violations of companies other than the injured worker’s employer. Since the other companies are not your employer the injured worker may bring a lawsuit against the companies that violate safety rules and contribute to injuries. These are called third party claims or lawsuits.

4) What construction accidents or injuries come under the protection of Labor Laws?

The New York statute known as Labor Law Section 240, is also know as the “Scaffold Law.” The New York State “Labor Law” provides certain protection to workers while working at heights such as on scaffolds, ladders, beams or building roofs. There are several reasons for this special statute. Usually the injuries are severe as a result from elevated falls, and the construction worker relies on the building owner and the other contractors to provide a safe working environment. They are primarily responsibile to make sure that the elevated work location is safe. The law requires that these “third parties” provide the necessary and properly functioning scaffolds, ladders, safety lines, harnesses, guardrails, to guarantee your safety while you are working at an elevation.

However, if a worker is performing routine maintenance (e.g., such as sweeping or changing a light bulb), this may not come under Labor Law protection. Usually a worker has to be injured performing the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building.

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