Each year, construction workers and laborers are seriously injured or killed while working at construction sites. These accidents occur even though various state, federal and industry and standards regulations require owners, general contractors and sub-contractors to implement a wide variety of safety measures. Most construction workers are unaware that New York State law provides protections for those injured on construction sites. After mining and agriculture accidents, construction accidents rank third among work-injury related deaths in the United States. Construction accidents may include:
- Falling from a high location
- Crane accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Forklift injuries
- Machinery accidents
- Injury by falling objects
Even though workers' compensation can help employees who are injured on the job, the payments are usually not enough to fully compensate an injured worker for all of the damages sustained as a result of the occupationally-related accident.
Under New York State law, workers may bring lawsuits against the owners of the property, general contractors, sub-contractors, architects and manufacturers of defective products. These lawsuits can provide additional compensation.
New York State Labor Law §§ 200, 200.1, and 241.6 place the responsibility for work site safety on the owner of the construction job or contractor. These statutes allow an injured worker to recover monetary damages for construction accidents. Injuries that fit within these statutes include: a fall from any height; fall from a ladder; scaffold failures; slipping and/or tripping hazards; poorly equipped job sites OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) violations; and more.
Workers' compensation provides some payments, but when a person is out of work for a long period of time, a financial strain is placed on the family. You will not need separate legal representation. Our in-house Workers' Compensation Representative and construction accident attorneys will work together to handle your law suit and your workers' compensation claim.
Our construction accident attorneys are familiar with safety regulations that must be followed in the workplace. We are experienced in investigating safety failures and workplace injuries. We work for the best possible results for our clients and insist that at fault employers correct their unsafe practices to prevent further injury to employees and the general public. If you are injured in a construction accident, we can help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries, please contact us for more information.