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New York City Construction Accident Lawyer

Get Legal Help from Top-Rated New York City Construction Accident Attorneys

Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP has helped injured construction workers for over eighty years. We have won hundreds of millions for injured construction workers and their families. Our New York City personal injury attorneys understand how to win an accident case involving scaffolds, ladders, excavation sites or renovation projects. We have successfully represented injured framers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and laborers. We are proud to say that we have a 95% win rate. Hundreds of construction workers have won their cases choosing our law firm.

Get the total compensation package you deserve. Workers compensation is not enough. We believe workers compensation it is just the beginning step in restoring your financial health. Our goal is to win your case for pain and suffering, lost earnings and get you the money you deserve. Give us a chance to help you. Our New York City construction accident lawyers are ready to act quickly and advise you today. Remember, there is never a fee or expense unless we win your case!

When a construction accident occurs, our NYC construction accident lawyers can help ease your worry and concern about how your family will get through this ordeal.  We know how tough it can be and have solutions for you. Schedule a consultation today.

Why You Should Hire a Construction Accident Lawyer From RMFW Law

Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff have helped hundreds of injured New York construction workers exercise their rights and fight for compensation. Our case results speak for themselves. We have some of the best litigation records in this field of law in New York.

For instance, we secured $5.4 million for a construction burn injury victim who suffered injuries to more than half his body. Our construction accident attorneys in New York City have won similar awards in a faulty freight elevator case, a claim involving an injured electrician, and one where the claimant was a bridge painter who fell from a scaffold on the Whitestone Expressway. When we say we have the experience you need, we mean it.

How Do You Determine Fault in a Construction Accident?

Liability for a construction site accident is not always black and white. You might assume your employer is the only party you can hold liable, but this is not the case. Construction site accidents can come down to the negligence of a site owner, coworker, contractor, equipment manufacturer, and/or other parties. The site owner could be liable if he or she failed to maintain a safe environment for visitors. A general contractor or subcontractor could be liable if he or she caused the injury through an act of negligence or violence.

New York Labor Laws protect architects and engineers from liability for accidents in most situations. However, they may be responsible if an exemption from the law exists. Finally, machinery or equipment manufacturers might at least share liability for producing items that are defective or dangerous. For example, an injured worker could hold a manufacturer accountable for a piece of machinery without a proper guard to keep workers from falling in and suffering serious injuries. Contact our New York City construction accident lawyers to learn who might be liable for your recent accident.

New York Labor and Construction Laws

One of the first steps our NYC construction injury lawyers will take toward securing your compensation is to examine what the New York Labor Law says. Several construction-related laws exist in an effort to make this industry as safe, consistent, and regulated as possible. Breaking these laws is a common cause of preventable construction accidents. The following laws are those we find most important in many construction accident claims in the city:

  • New York Labor Law Section 200. The general duty employers have to protect the health and safety of employees. This law describes the “reasonable and adequate protections” employers must make to ensure the safety of construction workers. It states that employers must repair dangerous equipment or notify employees of the danger, as well as abide by state building construction codes.
  • New York Labor Law Section 240. This law relates to construction, demolition, and repair work; more specifically, to scaffolds. It states that all contractors and owners must provide proper protection to employees during all types of construction work – including while erecting scaffolds, hoists, ladders, pulleys, and other devices. It mandates the use of a safety rail on all scaffolds or staging higher than 20 feet from the ground.
  • New York Labor Law Section 241 (6). A list of instructions for how employers should create and use floors and elevators during construction, demolition, or excavation. For example, employers shall guard and operate all areas where construction/demolition work is taking place to provide reasonable and adequate protection and safety to employees. It states that the contractors, owners, and their agents are responsible for complying with legal requirements and protecting employees from injuries.
  • Statute of Limitations. Injured construction workers have two years from the date of the accident to file a workers’ compensation claim, and three years from the date to file a personal injury claim with the civil courts. Plaintiffs in wrongful death construction accident cases have two years from the date of death to file their claims. Missing the deadline generally means losing the right to file.

It is important to work with an NYC construction accident lawyer in your accident claim. A lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours will have a deep understanding of applicable laws and state statutes, as well as how to navigate them in your favor. Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff has successfully represented injured laborers, roofers, electricians, carpenters, engineers, framers, and plumbers in New York. We can help you, too.

Workers’ Compensation vs. Third Party Liability in Construction Accidents

The New York workers’ compensation program helps injured employees receive benefits without needing to prove anyone’s negligence. In exchange, however, employees give up their right to file a lawsuit against a negligent employer.

Workers’ compensation can prove an invaluable source of income after a serious workplace accident, but it doesn’t cover all expenses. In New York, workers’ compensation pays for medical bills and two-thirds of an employee’s lost wages, as well as death benefits in the event of a fatal accident.

A personal injury claim, on the other hand, can result in payment for damages such as:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Disability costs
  • Total lost wages and lost earning capacity
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost quality or enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral/burial expenses
  • Punitive damages

Contact our an experienced New York City construction accident lawyer before agreeing to a workers’ compensation settlement. A successful personal injury claim can result in much higher compensation awards than workers’ compensation alone.

You might have grounds to recover benefits from the workers’ compensation program and a personal injury settlement if a third party (someone other than your employer) caused your injuries. You need strong representation for this type of case for your best chance of securing the maximum recovery. Our construction accident attorneys in New York City can help you file both types of claims in New York City and fight for just compensation.

NYC-Construction Accident

Common Types of Construction Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has what it calls construction’s “Fatal Four.” These include the four types of accidents that cause the most worker deaths around the nation.

According to OSHA, these accidents are falls, struck by object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between. Recognizing the most common causes of construction worker injuries and deaths is the first step toward preventing them. The following is a list of accidents we commonly see in the construction industry:

  • Falls (from heights, scaffolds, or slip and trip accidents)
  • Caught-in or under equipment or objects
  • Struck by objects or equipment
  • Electrocutions
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Explosions or fires
  • Bricklayer accidents
  • Ladder accidents

The majority of these accidents stem from someone else’s negligence, such as an employer failing to provide safe scaffolds or adequate training. If you suffered your injuries in any of these circumstances, you’re not alone. Other construction workers have experienced similar harms, and our construction accident lawyers have helped clients just like you. We know exactly how to handle these claims in New York to our clients’ best advantage.

Common Types of Construction Accident Injuries in NYC

Every construction accident victim is unique. However, the nature of these accidents results in many similar types of injuries. Electrocutions and burns, for example, are common complaints from injured construction workers in New York. Employees at construction sites can suffer serious to catastrophic injuries, depending on the circumstances. Some of the most common include:

  • Broken bones
  • Eye and ear injuries
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Heat stress
  • Hypothermia/frostbite
  • Illness from toxic substances
  • Lacerations
  • Neck or back injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Wrongful death

Our experienced NYC construction accident attorneys have represented clients with even the most catastrophic, disabling, and disfiguring injuries. We fight aggressively for insurance settlements that treat these injuries with the regard they deserve. If the insurance company won’t offer what the client demands, we can take claims to the New York City courts for better compensation. We will stop at nothing to help your family recover financially from serious or fatal injuries.

New York Construction Snapshot and Construction Accident Statistics

It takes constant work to keep one of the world’s busiest metropolitan areas up and running. Construction projects never seem to end in the City That Never Sleeps. There are currently a number of active projects in New York City. For example, there are some at the World Trade Center, Essex Crossing, Manhattan West, Cornell Tech, Hudson Yards, and Bronx Point. It’s almost impossible to pass through any part of NYC without coming across at least one active construction site. These areas can be hazardous to workers and passersby alike.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, 56 workers died on the job in 2016. Construction workers make up 5% of NYC’s workforce, yet account for 27% of worker deaths. The four most deadly incidents for workers in NY that year were violence and other injuries by people or animals; falls, slips, and trips; contact with objects and equipment; and exposure to harmful environments or substances. The construction sector accounted for the highest number of worker fatalities in NYC, with 21 deaths. The construction group with the most deaths was construction trades workers.

Contact Our NYC Construction Accident Attorneys Now

Do not wait to contact RMFW Law. You must file your claim or lose your rights. We offer a free, confidential case evaluation. Call us at 1 (866) 516-5887.

We have five office locations in Queens, Brooklyn, New York City and Astoria and can accommodate all major languages. If you are unable to come to one of our office locations, our NYC construction accident lawyers are able to come to your home or hospital now. Contact RMFW Law for the professional help you deserve.