New York construction site accident lawyer
Helping injured construction workers get compensation
With the increase in construction in the New York metro area, construction accidents and worker injuries are rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 alone, 194,300 nonfatal and 971 fatal construction site injuries occurred in the U.S. In New York state, 69 of those injuries resulted in death.
Serious injuries may lead to amputation of the fingers, toes, or limbs. Beyond accidents, construction workers are also subject to repetitive motion injuries that damage their muscles and joints and they may also be open to respiratory illnesses from exposure to dust and toxic substances.
Those responsible for safety must take proper precautions to keep workers out of harm’s way. When they don’t, tragedy strikes. Common construction site accidents include falls, fires, explosions, building, and scaffolding collapses. Though workers’ compensation protects employees, they can still file a personal injury claim if the third party’s negligent actions led to safety violations.
Unfortunately, construction site accidents can cause a variety of painful and devastating injuries, such as:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Broken bones and fractures
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
Scott Baron & Associates, P.C. uses more than 25 years’ experience to help injured workers get the compensation they deserve despite the known dangers of their jobs. If you think you have a claim, call (866) WAS-HURT or contact us online today.
Our experienced legal team has represented numerous injured construction workers. Through our tireless fight for their rights, we’ve achieved high-value settlements, including:
$1.3 million for a client injured from a ladder fall while setting a steel beam
$800,000 for a client injured from a trench collapse at a construction site
How We Will Fight for You
Workers’ compensation laws pay construction site employees benefits including lost wages and medical expenses. New York State Labor law also provides that site owners, general contractors, and subcontractors follow proper procedures for a safe work environment. The equipment they use, whether it’s ladders, ropes, or scaffolding, also falls under these guidelines.
The following New York laws define duties site owners, contractors, and project foremen or supervisors have to keep construction site equipment safe:
Scaffolding and Other Devices for the Use of Employees – This law requires owners, contractors, or their agents to build and maintain any equipment workers need while they work at heights. This equipment includes scaffolding, ladders, braces, pulleys, and other devices.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls from scaffolding and ladders account for nearly 41 percent of all construction site injuries.
Among the legal requirements, scaffolding or staging more than 20 feet high must have a suitable safety rail attached. The scaffolding must also be able to bear four times the maximum weight listed.
Construction, Excavation, and Demolition Work – New York codes, rules, and regulations require employers not to let workers use safety belts or harnesses that are worn, broken, show signs of mildew or other damage that can affect their strength and safety.
The parties are liable for negligence if they don’t follow reasonable and adequate safety measures. To help you bring them to justice, please note that there are strict time deadlines for personal injury claims.
Scott Baron & Associates is there to hold those responsible accountable for their negligence. We know that site owners and foremen, insurance companies and others at fault don’t want to pay. We’re experienced in labor, negligence, and insurance laws and our hard working team fights to make sure the wrongdoers face justice for their harmful actions. We’re dedicated to helping you win full compensation by settlement or jury verdict.
If you think you have a claim, call (866) WAS-HURT or contact us online today.
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