Slip and Falls at Construction Sites
Slips and falls on construction sites can cause injuries which range from minor to severe to fatal. Construction workers injured in a slip and fall accident can suffer many injuries, such as bruising, lacerations, breaks, and severe head trauma. These injuries can have a negative impact on the life of the worker who suffers them, in the form of lost wages, high medical bills, and in lasting pain and suffering. As a result, construction workers who have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident may be able to recoup damages a lawsuit. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our attorneys have a unique understanding of New York construction accident law and have filed a number of successful claims on behalf of our clients who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents. Our construction accident lawyers have decades of combined experience and have secured many favorable verdicts and settlements.
If you were injured after a fall at a construction site, you could be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation call 212.406.1700 or contact us online. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, will review your claim to see if you may be eligible for compensation. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not be charged unless there is a monetary recovery.Who Can File a Lawsuit for a Slip-and-Fall 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 slip-and-fall 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 two 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 or falling off of 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 after slipping and falling from an elevated area may also be able to file a lawsuit under New York Labor 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).Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys if You Have Suffered a Serious Accident
Due to the complexities of a construction accident lawsuit, workers who have suffered an injury after a slip and fall should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Construction accident law in New York can be complex due to the fact that injured workers cannot file a claim against their co-workers or employers. The only parties that an injured construction worker can file a negligence lawsuit against are the property owner, general contractors of other companies, or other individuals whose negligence caused the fall. As a result, it is important for individuals who have suffered an injury on the worksite to hire attorneys with a proven track record for successfully winning third-party construction accident claims.
Even seemingly minor injuries may interfere with your ability to perform your job duties. If you have been injured at a construction site, it is important to have experienced New York personal injury attorneys on your side. To learn more about your legal rights and options after a slip-and-fall at a construction site, call the lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P. You can also contact us online to schedule your free consultation.