Construction Accident Attorneys Serving NYC and the Surrounding Areas
The greater New York area is in the midst of a construction boom, but it comes with a heavy price: a significant rise in the number of accidents and worker injuries. Although construction sites are inherently dangerous, workers have a right to a safe environment. Nonetheless, injuries occur in all types of accidents such as falls, fires, explosions, and trench and building collapses, among others. While workers are protected by Workers Compensation Insurance, it is possible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in the event that injuries are caused by safety violations or the actions of negligent third parties.
Scaffidi & Associates has decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured construction workers. We believe that injured workers should not be forced to suffer because of the negligence of others, and are dedicated to holding responsible parties accountable. Our experienced construction accident attorneys have a well-deserved reputation for helping injured workers obtain meaningful compensation.
Construction Site Accidents and Injuries
Construction workers can sustain injuries from all types of accidents, including:
- Falls – These are the most common construction accidents, accounting for more than 20 percent of worker injuries. Workers can fall from ladders, scaffolding, roofs, and other heights.
- Falling Objects – Tools, equipment, and construction material that are not properly secured can fall and strike those who are working below, resulting in serious head, brain, and spinal cord injuries, even if a worker is wearing a hardhat as required.
- Trench and Building Collapses – Workers are routinely required to dig trenches that are at risk of cave-ins if proper precautions are not taken. In addition, buildings that are being constructed or demolished can collapse without warning, causing catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
- Fires and Explosions – Hazards such as exposed wiring, leaking pipes, flammable chemicals, fractured gas mains, and unattended blow torches and welding tools can trigger fires and explosions that lead to traumatic and fatal injuries.
- Electrocutions – Workers are frequently exposed to wires that are at risk of faulty connections that lead to electrocutions, accounting for 10 percent of deaths in the construction industry.
- Equipment Accidents – Heavy machinery and power tools, such as table saws, nail guns, drills, etc., as well as cranes, forklifts, and dumpsters contribute to numerous construction accidents and injuries.
These accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries, such as:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Broken bones and fractures
- Heart attacks and strokes
Additionally, the physical exertion of construction work, particularly bending and lifting, can cause repetitive motion injuries, such as muscle and joint damage.
In some cases, serious injuries may result in the amputation of fingers, toes, or limbs. Construction workers are also at a high risk of respiratory illnesses from exposure to dust, asbestos, and other toxic substances.
Legal Rights of Construction Workers
Because construction workers are required to perform a variety of dangerous tasks, such as operating large machinery and equipment, lifting heavy objects, and working at elevated heights, they are at a higher risk of being injured than other workers. Nonetheless, injury risks can be minimized if safety practices are put in place, proper protection is provided, and proper protocols are followed.
It is worth noting that workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect construction workers who sustain injuries, by providing benefits such as lost wages and medical costs. In the event that injuries result from negligence, however, workers have additional protection under New York State Labor Law. In particular, Labor Law § 200 requires site owners, general contractors, and others employed by a general contractor to provide workers with a safe workplace.
Additionally, Labor Law § 241(6) imposes vicarious liability upon: (1) owners for the negligence of contractors, subcontractors and their agents or employees, and (2) contractors for the negligence of subcontractors if they fail to provide reasonable and adequate safety to workers. Finally, Labor Law § 240 requires contractors and owners involved in the construction or demolition of buildings to provide and properly maintain scaffolding, ladders, ropes and other equipment in order to protect workers.
In sum, these provisions of the Labor Law give injured construction workers powerful legal recourse to bring lawsuits against negligent parties including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, machinery and equipment manufacturers, as well as insurers. In the event that a worker is killed in a construction accident, surviving family members can also pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Dedicated Construction Worker Advocates
At Scaffidi & Associates, we are committed to fighting for the rights of injured construction workers. Our experienced attorneys are well versed in New York State Labor Law and the applicable negligence and insurance laws, and we work diligently to help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
We are keenly aware that site owners, insurance companies, and other responsible parties will take great measures to avoid liability. Our legal team leverages its legal knowledge and skills to ensure our clients receive the full value of their claims. If a settlement cannot be reached, we are fully prepared to litigate any matter in the courts. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, call our office today for a free consultation or complete the contact form on our website.