Construction zones, building projects and construction sites are inherently dangerous, with heavy machinery and heavy construction materials constantly moving around and putting construction workers and bystanders at risk of harm. Construction site accidents injure and kill helpless construction workers and bystanders every year, forcing victims and their families to cope with the financial and emotional fallout of these injuries.
All Construction and Demolition employees in the State of New York have the right to safe working conditions, proper training, and functional equipment.
When a construction or demolition worker is physically injured or wrongfully killed while on the job, the negligent party may be held liable for damages. Injured workers are legally entitled to seek damages for their pain, suffering, medical costs, rehabilitation, psychological distress, lost wages, financial hardship, and any other expenses that may arise from the injury or accident.
Frequent causes of these types of accidents include:
Owners and general contractors have a legal obligation to maintain a safe work environment for their workers, and implement proper safety regulations and protocols.
New York Labor Law Section 240
Section 240 of the New York Labor Law outlines the safety measures that general contractors or construction site owners must take to prevent construction accidents. General contractors or construction site owners that fail to take these precautions may be held civilly liable by injured workers.
Even though your injury occurred at work, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation above and beyond workers’ compensation benefits. If your construction site injury was caused by a defective product, machine, or tool, you may have a defective product liability claim. Inadequate safety precautions, dangerous design, architectural defects or errors can result in other areas of liability.
Our New York construction accident attorneys have represented many injured construction workers in third party cases against defendants other than their employers. As with all our cases, we will examine and investigate your construction site injury claim from every perspective.
We have successfully represented clients who have been injured by falling objects, fallen from scaffolding, roofs and ladders, slipped, tripped and fell, been injured by earthmoving equipment, and who have suffered electrical injuries and burns.