Our lawyers are recognized as leaders in New York Construction Accident trial law. Six of our lawyers have achieved AV Preeminent status with Martindale-Hubbell representing the highest ranking for ethical standards and legal ability. Five of our attorneys have been included in Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area as published in the Magazine Section of the New York Times. Our firm is listed among the Best Lawyers in the State of New York and is listed among the Best Law Firms in the New York Metro area by US News & World Report.Our Lawyers Protect the Rights of Construction Accident Workers Injured In and Around New York
Individuals who have suffered an injury in a construction accident can face a number of hardships. Victims can suffer serious debilitating injuries, such as amputations, severe head trauma, and death. In addition to physical injury, victims of construction accidents may also be forced to deal with financial difficulties, such as lost wages and costly medical bills. Individuals who have suffered any of the aforementioned hardships should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer. The construction accident attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool understand the hardships that victims of construction accidents face, and are committed to securing them proper compensation for their injuries.
Have you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a construction accident? If so you should not hesitate to contact a successful personal injury attorney, you may have legal recourse. For a free consultation please call 212.406.1700 or contact us online. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will evaluate your claim to see how we may be able to help you.Do You Have a Valid Construction Accident Lawsuit?
What Compensation is Available to Construction Accident Victims?
When an individual suffers an injury in a construction accident, they may be able to recoup compensation for their injuries. Compensation is available for the following in construction accident lawsuits:
Lost Wages: Suffering an injury in a construction accident can cause individuals to miss time at work. In these instances, victims may be able to file a lawsuit to recoup any compensation lost as a result of their injury. Victims may also be eligible to receive compensation for any loss of future earning potential caused by their injury.
Medical Bills: A severe injury can cause victims to face high medical bills that exceed insurance coverage. Individuals who have been injured in a construction accident may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for any surgery, medication, future doctor's visits and other medical expenses resulting from the injury.
Pain and Suffering: Victims of construction accidents may be able to file a lawsuit for any lasting pain and suffering incurred by their injury. Pain and suffering includes but is not limited to constant physical pain and loss of life's enjoyment.
Wrongful Death: When a construction accident causes injury resulting in death, the victim's family may have legal recourse. The family can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for future lost wages, costly medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Union members who have lost their pension or any benefits as a result of a construction accident injury may also be entitled to compensation.Our Firm Handles Cases for all Types of Construction Injuries
Construction sites present many potential hazards to workers. As a result, many serious injuries can occur if workers fail to act responsibly. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our firm represents workers who have suffered any type of negligence-related injury on the work site, including but not limited to:
- Ladder Falls
- Crane Accidents
- Demolition and Renovation
- Bricklaying and Masonry
- Falls From Heights
- Welding Accidents
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents
- Electrical Accidents
- Forklift Injuries
- Painter Falls
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Labor Laws
Injured workers should be aware that suffering an injury in any of the aforementioned accidents does not necessarily present grounds for a lawsuit. In order to have grounds for a lawsuit, the victim must have suffered their injury due to the negligence of another individual or entity. The party who caused the injury must have directly caused the victim's injury by violating a duty of care-a legal responsibility to act cautiously in certain dangerous situations. Additionally, the victim must have suffered either economic or non-economic damages to have a valid claim.Who is Responsible for Ensuring Safe Conditions at a Construction Site
Pertinent New York Construction Accident Laws
When filing a construction accident lawsuit, it is important that victims are aware of New York labor laws 240 (1) and 241 (6). The aforementioned laws dictate that the general contractors and property owners are responsible for maintaining a safe worksite and safe worksite practices.
Labor law 240 (1), also known as New York's "scaffold law," places absolute liability on the general contractor and owner in cases where a worker suffered an elevation related injury. Under this statute, general contractors and property owners may be liable when a construction worker suffers an injury on the worksite from an elevated fall or from an object falling from elevation. General contractors and property owners may be found liable in all instances where an elevation related injury occurred. Owners of one and two-family dwellings cannot be held liable under this statute.
Under Labor Law 241 (6), owners and contractors are saddled with the duty of providing reasonable and adequate protection and safety during the demolition or construction of a building and excavation work. This statute places vicarious liability upon a general contractor or owner when a specific safety rule under section 23 of the Industrial Code was violated. In other words, contractors and owners may be liable for any injuries resulting from a violation of section 23 of the Industrial Code, even when they were not directly responsible for the violation.Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool Construction Accident Verdicts and Firm Results
The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool have been practicing personal injury law for over 50 years. Our firm has a history of sustained success in personal injury lawsuits, recovering more than $1 billion for our clients. Some of our more substantial verdicts and settlements in construction accident cases include:
- $10.5 million settlement for a 30-year-old laborer. The plaintiff was working to install a sewer pipe in a trench when 2,000 pound pipe fell and landed on his back. The impact of the pipe caused the plaintiff several major spinal injuries, rendering him a paraplegic. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool brought a lawsuit against the property owner, the city of New York. The case went to trial in December of 2006. Throughout the trial, attorneys Dallin Fuchs and Barry Washor brought numerous witnesses to the stands to help prove the city's liability under New York's labor laws. The case settled for $10.5 million during jury deliberations.
- A worker fell from near the top of a ladder while handing off wood to another laborer. The fall caused the worker to suffer major injuries which rendered him a paraplegic. As a result, the worker is paralyzed from the waist up. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool settled the case for a confidential amount between $5 and 10 million.
- $3.75 million settlement during jury selection. An undocumented construction worker was working in the basket of a cherry picker on a bridge. Unbeknownst to the worker, the cherry picker's controls were defective. As a result, the arm of the machine inadvertently moved, resulting in the worker's shoulder being trapped between the basket and bridge. The accident caused the worker to suffer a severe brachial plexus injury. Our construction accident attorneys settled the case during jury selection.
- $2.75 million settlement by Barry Washor in Kings County Supreme Court for $2.75 million on behalf of a 37-year old laborer who fell from a ladder while doing sheet rock work at a construction site. As a result of the fall, the claimant sustained multiple injuries requiring surgery including arthroscopic shoulder surgery and a cervical fusion. He had not returned to work since the accident.
- $1.95 million recovery for a worker who suffered multiple fractured bones in a fall. The plaintiff had been working on the construction of new residential homes in the Bronx. While working on the second floor, he fell through a hole that had not been properly covered, resulting in his injury.
- $1.75 million recovery for a worker who was injured by a falling brick. The worker had been pointing bricks when one fell from above and landed on him. Due to the fact that the area the plaintiff has been working in lacked proper cover, he suffered orthopedic and neurological injuries to his arm which required surgery. Queller Fisher was able to recover the plaintiff $1.75 million in a labor law lawsuit.
- $1.7 Million settlement by Jonny Kool in an Orange County Labor Law Case on behalf of bridge painter who fell off scissor-lift truck which moved unexpectedly. The injured worker sustained a complex, comminuted fracture to his elbow requiring emergency surgery as well as a fractured pelvis. He has not been able to work as a bridge painter since the time of the accident.
- $1.55 Million settlement by Dallin M. Fuchs where laborer lost vision in one eye due to not being provided with proper eye protection
Due to the complex nature of construction accident lawsuits, it's within the best interest of victims to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our attorneys have decades of combined experience. Our attorneys' experience combined with a unique knowledge of the law has led to a number of enviable verdicts and settlements. For instance, we recovered $7.01 million in a wrongful death lawsuit following a construction accident.
If you have suffered an injury in a construction accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any damages incurred. Please call 212.406.1700 or contact us online for a free case evaluation from Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool. We will do anything in our power to help you secure the compensation you may be entitled to.