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Hazardous Construction Site Accidents

Our NYC construction accident lawyers have decades of combined experience handling construction accident lawsuits. We understand that the aftermath of a construction accident can be an extremely difficult time for workers and their families. Hazardous construction site incidents can lead to severe injuries, deaths, lost wages and more.

At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP, 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 will work tirelessly to secure the compensation necessary to get our clients' lives back on track. Our construction accident lawyers have secured a number of favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients, including several worth millions of dollars.*

Who Can File A Lawsuit For A Hazardous Construction Site Accident?

New York Labor Law 241(6) places the responsibility of maintaining adequate worksite safety on the general contractor and property owner. Property owners and general contractors are responsible for upholding all specific safety rules under Section 23 of the Industrial Code. Vicarious liability is placed on the general contractor and property owner when a violation of Section 23 of the Industrial Code results in injury. General contractors and property owners, however, may only be liable if the Section 23 violation occurred during excavation work, or the construction or demolition of a building.

The Industrial Code contains certain safety rules that, if violated, could cause a serious injury. For instance, Industrial Code Rule 23-1.22 (2) states that ramps constructed for the use of people must be at least 18 inches wide and consist of planking at least 2 inches thick or be made of metal of equivalent strength. Failure to meet the mandatory width and length of a ramp places workers at risk of slipping and falling off the ramp. Should a worker suffer an injury from falling off an improperly sized ramp during the construction or demolition of a building, they may be able to file a lawsuit under New York Labor Law 241(6).

Construction workers who suffered an injury may also be able to file a lawsuit under New York Labor Law 240(1). New York Labor Law 240(1) places absolute liability on the general contractor and property owner in instances where a construction worker suffers an injury. Negligence is not a requirement for general contractors and property owners to be found liable under Labor Law 240(1).

What Are Some Common Construction Site Accidents?

Below are some common construction site hazards that workers may face.

Elevation Hazards

Elevation Hazards

Construction workers often have to work from heights (sometimes without proper safety measures), putting themselves at risk of a fall. An injury resulting from a fall at a construction site can bring devastating consequences for workers and their families. Falls from ladders, scaffolding or other elevations can lead to broken bones, lost wages and even death.

Due to the severity of injuries caused by construction accident falls, it is critical to focus on prevention. To prevent falls, contractors and construction workers should create a safety plan to use while working at heights. The plan should include necessary safety equipment and training with that equipment, depending upon the nature of the specific job. However, if there are not adequate safety measures in place and an injury occurs on-site, then there may be grounds for a construction accident claim. If you were injured in a fall on a construction site, you should contact an experienced construction accident lawyer.

Crane Accidents

Crane Accidents

Construction accidents involving the use of cranes can lead to catastrophic injuries. Cranes are heavy pieces of machinery that require training and proper safety inspections. A malfunction or error when operating a crane can put workers inside the machine (as well as nearby workers) at risk. Injuries sustained during a crane accident may lead to financial hardships, such as high medical bills or lost wages due to an inability to work.

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to a crane accident. In some cases, equipment malfunctions or a lack of proper safety devices may be the cause of an accident. In other cases, a lack of experience on the part of the crane operator can lead to an accident. If the party responsible for the crane accident acted negligently or failed to take certain precautions, then you may have a valid lawsuit and should seek the counsel of an experienced NYC construction accident lawyer.

Construction Site Slip And Falls

Construction Site Slip & Falls

Slips and falls at construction sites can cause injuries ranging from minor to severe. A slip and fall accident can lead to bruising, lacerations, breaks and severe head trauma. These injuries can have a negative impact on the life of the worker who suffers them; injured workers may experience lost wages, high medical bills and lasting pain and suffering.

If you are a construction worker who has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to recoup damages via a lawsuit. If you were injured, you should seek the counsel of an experienced construction accident lawyer in NYC.

Bricklaying And Masonry Accidents

Bricklaying & Masonry Accidents

Construction workers who practice bricklaying and masonry are often at risk of suffering serious injuries. Due to the use of heavy equipment, excessive physical strain and occasionally working from heights, injuries on the worksite are not uncommon. These injuries are often debilitating and can cause construction workers to lose wages due to forced time off and face high medical bills not covered by insurance. In some cases, bricklaying and masonry accidents can lead to disabilities which permanently force individuals out of the workforce.

Workers who have been injured practicing bricklaying or masonry may be able to receive compensation for their losses. If you have suffered an injury due to a bricklaying or masonry accident, you should contact an experienced construction accident lawyer.

Demolition And Renovation Accidents

Demolition & Renovation Accidents

Due to the use of explosives and toxic chemicals, construction workers in demolition and renovation are constantly at risk. Accidents involving demolition and renovation 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 demolition injury. Construction workers who have been injured in a demolition or renovation accident should seek the counsel of an experienced construction accident lawyer in NYC.

Electrocution Injuries

Electrocution Injuries

Construction workers are at an increased risk of electrical injuries due to their line of work. Electrical accidents can dramatically alter your quality of life, leading to severe injuries. Electrocution victims may experience damage to the skin, nervous system, vision, hearing and more. Many victims also experience seizures, heart attacks, paralysis and neurological disorders.

Electrical accidents can require injured workers to undergo multiple medical procedures, forcing victims to face expensive medical bills which may not be covered by their insurance. Electrical injuries are often caused by negligence and Labor Law violations on construction worksites. Construction workers may be entitled to compensation for damages if they have suffered any of the aforementioned hardships after an electrical accident. As a result, injured workers should contact a construction accident lawyer.

Excavation Accidents

Excavation Accidents

Due to the use of heavy equipment and work on unstable surfaces, excavation and trenching 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. Thus, it is important for individuals who have been injured in an excavation or trenching incident to seek the counsel of a skilled construction accident lawyer.

Forklift Injuries

Forklift Injuries

According to OSHA, forklifts are responsible for over 80 deaths and nearly 35,000 serious injuries each year. A forklift accident can have disastrous consequences for the workers involved; those injured in an accident with a forklift may be forced to miss work for months or years, resulting in the loss of essential wages. Furthermore, a serious accident can result in high medical bills which may not be covered by insurance. In many cases, these hardships could have been avoided had certain individuals used the necessary caution involved when operating a forklift.

In many cases, workers who have suffered injuries in forklift accidents may have grounds to recoup compensation for any damages incurred. Workers can recover damages in cases where their injuries were caused by another individual's negligence. If you have been injured in a forklift accident, then you may have grounds to file a lawsuit with the help of our experienced NYC construction accident lawyers.

Welding Accidents

Welding Accidents

While welding is essential to construction work, it can cause catastrophic accidents when the wrong equipment is used or a malfunction occurs. A welding accident can cause severe, life-altering injuries that can have serious consequences on workers and their families. Injured construction workers can be forced to miss extended periods of work; in some cases, victims may be forced to quit their jobs, causing severe financial strain on their families. Additionally, welding accidents can cause serious injuries which may require significant medical attention and surgery. The cost of these medical bills may be too expensive to be fully covered by the injured individual's insurance.

Fortunately, construction workers who have suffered a welding injury may be able to recoup compensation through a lawsuit. If you were injured in a welding accident or suspect that your current medical problems could have been caused by toxic fumes emitted during welding, you could be entitled to compensation. You should seek the counsel of an experienced construction accident lawyer in NYC.

Why Should I Hire An Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer?

To avoid conflict with the statute of limitations, workers injured in hazardous construction site accidents should not hesitate to contact a skilled construction accident lawyer. The statute of limitations is a law that dictates the amount of time individuals have to file a claim following an injury. Failure to bring a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires can forever bar victims from recovering the compensation they may be entitled. As a result, it is important for victims of hazardous construction accidents to hire a law firm with experience handling construction accident claims. Our construction accident lawyers have decades of combined experience representing victims of hazardous construction site incidents. We file all of our clients' claims in a timely manner to avoid conflict with the statute of limitations.

How Do I Schedule A Consultation With Your NYC Construction Accident Lawyers?

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to a hazardous construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our NYC construction accident lawyers, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese.

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