New York Excavation and Trenching Accident Lawyers
Due to the use of heavy equipment and work on unstable surfaces, excavation
and trenching work can cause construction workers to suffer debilitating
injuries when accidents occur. An
injury suffered in a trenching accident can force construction workers to miss
long stretches of work, face costly medical bills that may not be covered
by insurance, and be left with lasting physical and emotional pain. New
York law allows construction workers who have been injured in an excavation
or trenching accident to file a lawsuit if another individual's negligence
caused their injury. As a result, it is important for individuals who
have been injured in an excavation or trenching accident to seek the counsel
of a skilled
construction accident attorney. At
Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our attorneys have decades of combined experience handling construction
accident lawsuits. We have secured our clients a number of favorable verdicts
and settlements, including several numbering in the millions of dollars.
If you or someone you love has sustained an injury in an excavation or
trenching accident, you may have legal recourse. To see how an attorney
from Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool may be able to help you,
call (212) 406-1700 or
contact us online. We will review your claim at no cost and see if we may be able to recover
you compensation for your injuries.
Do You Have a Valid Claim?
Construction workers who have suffered an injury during excavation or trenching
may be able to file a lawsuit for the following:
The General Contractor or Property Owner Violated New York Labor Law 241 (6): When an injury occurs during the demolition or construction of a building
or during excavation work, New York Labor Law 241 (6) places vicarious
liability on the owner or general contractor when they violate a specific
safety rule of rule 23 of the Industrial Code. The Industrial Code charges
property owners with maintaining a safe work environment and adequate
safety practices. Examples of violating the Industrial Code can range
from unsafe worksite practices to lacking the right equipment or using
The Construction Worker was Injured Due to a Fall From Elevation or was
Struck By an Object Falling From an Elevated Area: Construction workers who have been injured in an excavation or trenching
accident may have a valid claim under New York Labor Law 240 (1), better
known as the "Scaffold Law." The Scaffold Law allows construction
workers to be compensated for injuries resulting from an elevated fall
or an object falling from elevation. Labor Law 240 (1) can be applied
to trenching in circumstances where an object falls and hits a worker
in the trench, causing injury. This law may also be applied when a worker
suffers an injury after falling into a trench.
The Injury Was Caused Due to Negligence: Injured construction workers may also be able to file a negligence lawsuit
when an individual or entity breaches a duty of care resulting in the
injury of a worker. A duty of care is a legal obligation to act a certain
way in a dangerous situation. When the duty of care is breached and injury
results, the party who failed to act with care may be liable. In order
to have a valid claim, however, the breach of duty must have directly
caused the damaging injury.
Call a New York Excavation Accident Attorney
Due to the statute of limitations, it is important that construction workers
injured in an excavation or trenching accident seek legal counsel as soon
as possible. The statute of limitations is a law that actually limits
the time period that the injured party has to file a claim. Failure to
file a claim before the statute of limitations expires can cause victims
to be forever barred from obtaining the compensation they may be eligible
to receive. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, we handle all
of our claims in a timely matter so that our clients have the opportunity
to receive the compensation they may be entitled.
Have you or someone you love suffered an injury in a construction accident?
If so, you may be able to file a claim to recoup damages. For a free,
no obligation consultation, call (212) 406-1700 or
contact us online. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will review your claim to see
how we may be able to help you.