Due to the use of explosives and toxic chemicals, construction workers in demolition and renovation are constantly at risk. Accidents in demolition and renovation construction have been known to cause debilitating injuries, such as severe head trauma, fractures, spinal cord injuries, and in some cases death. Suffering any of the aforementioned injuries can be a life-altering event for a construction worker, as they may be forced to leave work, resulting in lost wages, high medical bills, and loss of union benefits. As a result, construction workers who have suffered any of these hardships may be able to file a lawsuit against the property owner or general contractor if either New York Labor Law 240 (1) or 241 (6) were violated. Additionally, injured construction workers may be able to file a negligence lawsuit if an outside party caused their injury.
Construction workers who have been injured in a demolition or renovation accident should seek the counsel of an experienced construction accident attorney. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our personal injury lawyers understand how difficult the time following a demolition or renovation accident can be for victims and their families. We realize that securing a favorable verdict or settlement can mean the difference between our clients suffering long-term financial strain and getting back on the road to a normal life. As a result, we pursue maximum compensation for all of our clients.
If you have been injured during demolition or renovation work, you may have legal recourse. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., we represent workers who have been injured in all types of construction accidents. Our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. Should we accept your case, there is no fee unless we recover damages for you. For a free consultation, please call 212.406.1700 or contact us online.Do You Have a Valid Claim?
In order to have a valid demolition or renovation accident lawsuit, one of the following must have occurred:
- An Injury Was Caused By an Elevated Fall: New York Labor Law 240 (1) states that construction workers may be entitled to compensation when they suffer an onsite injury from an elevated fall or from an object falling on them from an elevated surface.
- A General Contractor or Property Owner Violated New York Labor Law 241 (6): Labor Law 241 (6) states that general contractors and property owners must comply with all specific safety rules of Industrial Code rule 23 during the construction or demolition of a building. Property Owners and general contractors may be vicariously liable should an injury occur due to a violation of rule 23 of the Industrial Code.
- A Third Party's Negligence Caused an Injury: Construction workers may be able to file a negligence lawsuit against a third party who caused their injury; provided the third party isn't a co-worker. For example, if a construction worker from another company leaves flammable materials near a heat source, and an explosion occurs, injured workers may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent worker.
Construction workers who have suffered any of the following injuries at a demolition or renovation site may have a valid claim:
- Involuntary exposure to chemicals or toxins
- Fire or explosion from flammable materials
- Contact with live power or utility lines
- Falls through floor openings
- Falling materials
- Improperly secured walls or load-bearing structures
- Heavy equipment accidents
Due to the reluctance of insurance companies, general contractors, and property owners to provide injured workers adequate compensation, it is important to hire a skilled personal injury law firm. At Queller, Fisher, Washor Fuchs & Kool, we realize that insurance companies will stop at nothing to avoid paying full compensation to injured workers. We have experience fighting for the rights of construction accident victims in and out of the courtroom; securing a number of favorable verdicts and settlements. For instance, we recovered $10.5 million for one of our clients injured in a construction accident.
Have you or someone you love suffered an onsite injury during a renovation or demolition? If so, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the general contractor, property owner, or outside party responsible for your injury. Contact us online or call 212.406.1700 for a free consultation. We will review your claim and see how we may be able to help you.