How We Can Help
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, of the 5,702 work related deaths that occurred in 2005, 1,186 were construction workers. The vast majority of the construction workers who lost their lives were laborers. Special laws are in place to protect the health and safety of construction workers. If you, or someone you love, has been injured at a construction site, it is important that you understand your rights to any benefits and compensation owed to you under the law. In some instances, you may even be able to make claims against parties other than your employer.
Laws exist to protect construction workers for many reasons. One of the most commonly cited reason is the fact that construction work is inherently dangerous. Construction workers need and deserve extra safety precautions and protection to help reduce the risk of injuries. Some laws specifically deal with accidents that involve falls from heights or gravity related accidents.
Construction site accidents are unfortunately still commonplace. Thousands of construction workers are injured or killed in construction site accidents each year. Construction companies (contractors and subcontractors) have the duty to inspect each site with safety engineers, develop safety programs, and hold safety meetings. Unfortunately accidents still occur due to a failure to address and correct safety issues.
Construction accidents happen in variety of ways: a worker may fall from or through a roof, construction equipment may run over or crush a person, a construction worker may fall from a scaffold, hoist or a ladder, mechanical defects in lifting and operational equipment may cause injuries, fires, explosions or electrocution may result in severe burns, a trench may collapse, a worker might slip on fire proofing material, a worker might be exposed to hazardous chemicals, a worker may be hit by a falling object, a worker may be injured by blasting, etc. Whether you are an ironworker, an electrician, a steam fitter, a glazer a carpenter, a painter, an excavator, an under-pinner or a tin knocker, your work is dangerous and serious injuries may occur. Your only recovery against your employer (in most cases) will be worker's compensation. However, you may be able to sue the owner and/or the general contractor seeking damages in the form of lost wages and pain and suffering.
The use (or lack of use) of a safety device may be an issue that is raised. However, this issue may not be a barrier to recovery for many reasons. Suffice it to say that there is a very good chance that you still have a viable case even if you were not using a safety device at the time of your injury. Each case is very fact specific and therefore a consultation with one of our attorneys is imperative.
Our attorneys worked for major insurance companies as well as the City of New York before becoming plaintiff's lawyers. In fact a large portion of the cases that were handled while working as defense attorneys involved defending some of the best known construction companies in the U.S. Our attorneys know how insurance carriers and municipalities investigate, work up, negotiate and defend lawsuits. After approximately a decade of defense representation the attorneys began representing people who suffered serious injuries. They have been representing injured parties for more than10 years.
A Sampling of Cases We Have Handled
A steam fitter was struck in the head by a light fixture. Another construction worker cut a piece of the ceiling grid causing the grid and the light fixture to fall.
A construction worker slipped on wet stairs while carrying a bucket of joint compound. He suffered a back injury.
A construction worker fell from a ladder injuring his neck. The injured worker had neck surgery as a result of his fall.
A construction worker was struck by a pipe. The pipe was not properly secured. He suffered a fracture of a cervical vertebrae.
An electrician on a construction site suffered a burn injury as a result of electrocution. He was working in a trough when he came in contact with a wire that was not protected or insulated.
An ornamental ironworker fell from a plank that was resting on ornamental steel. The plank shifted and he fell 2 floors to the Q-deck below. The GC was attempting to save money and failed to erect appropriate scaffolding.
An ornamental ironworker suffered a severe laceration of his shoulder when a window was dropped by a worker.
A worker/laborer slipped and fell on fireproofing that had been sprayed on the structural steel. The area was not properly roped off.
A laborer slipped on ice in a building that was under construction. The elements blew rain into the open floor. Ice formed in the area where work was being done and the contractors failed to maintain a safe place to work.
A construction worker tripped and fell over debris at a construction site. The contractors failed to maintain a walkway/path that was free from any tripping hazards.
A man was riding on an asphalt spreader and he fell off when the spreader hit a bump. The spreader had warnings telling operators not to stand where the worker was standing. However, the brochure depicted the operation of the equipment with an operator standing at the exact same location.
It is really important that we begin our investigation as soon as possible. We need to contact witnesses, if possible take photos of the accident scene and the injuries. The case goes much smoother when we are called soon after the accident. It is our job to maximize the amount that our clients recover. Through different means of investigation, we are able to build a case that maximizes the recovery and minimizes the delays.
Our firm understands that your immediate goals after going through such a traumatic experience are to get the best medical care possible, make sure that your medical bills are covered, and make sure that you do not suffer financially through any lost wages. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately. Time is short, do not delay, contact us or call us.
State OSHA Links
OSHA construction regulations
Natl Institute For Occupational Safety
American Society of Safety Engineers
The Construction Safety Council
International Society for Fall Protection
National Safety Council
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Injury, Illness and Fatalities
American National Standards Institute
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Our firm represents clients located in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, New York State and many other states (New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and California, and we will handle a case in any state provided we can do so in full compliance with court rules regarding multijurisdictional practice, association of local counsel and/or admission pro hac vice) who have been involved in construction accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured, CONTACT US ONLINE OR CALL US AT (516) 742-8897= (516) PIATTYS in Long Island, (212) 267-9377= (212) ANSWERS In Manhattan TO SET UP A FREE CONSULTATION. If you can't come to us, we will come to you in the hospital or we will visit you in our mobile office.