New York Construction Accident Attorney
The New York construction accident attorneys at The Sanders Firm are dedicated to defending the rights of all of workers who have been injured on the job.
Construction sites are one of the highest-risk areas for injury, ranking third for worker deaths resulting from on-site accidents. No matter how strict the safety regulations are on a construction site, workers and others are putting their lives at risk on a daily basis.
In the event of a traumatic injury or death, it is important to have an experienced New York personal injury lawyer to represent your best interests. Sanders Firm attorneys have secured settlements and verdicts in construction site injury cases that are among the largest in New York. In the past five years alone, our attorneys have procured over $100 million dollars on behalf of our clients.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury in any of these construction site accidents, you may be eligible for compensation:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Construction fall injuries
- Forklift accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Workers Struck by Falling Objects
- Crane Accidents
- Collapses, Fires and Explosions
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Accidents caused by dangerous/malfunctioning equipment
- Toxic Exposure, includes asbestos exposure
- Industrial Explosions
- Site Debris Accidents
Injured construction workers — union or non-union — are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits, but the amount is almost never enough to fully cover lost wages, medical bills and other related expenses. In New York State, only third parties — and not direct employers — can be held liable for construction accident injuries.
NYC construction accidents on the rise
As reported by NY Daily News, the number of job-site accidents in New York City increased 31 percent from 2011 to 2012. City records reveal that the number of serious injuries jumped 46 percent, from 128 to 187. Even more alarming, construction site fatalities in the greater NY metro area increased from 28 to 40 between 2010 and 2011.
The death toll at city-construction sites more than tripled last year, with the most fatalities in Manhattan. The boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn each reported four construction site deaths, while one worker died in the Bronx and another in Staten Island. A report from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that falls and building collapses were the main causes of death, followed by falling objects and hazardous construction equipment.
These grim statistics spotlight the inherent dangers faced by our city’s workers, who need the guidance and advocacy of veteran NY accident lawyers when faced with life-threatening injuries.
Liability in a New York construction accident
The state of New York affords protections specifically for construction workers who fall from scaffolding or other elevated heights. Sections 240(1) and 240 (6) of the Labor Code, known as the “Scaffold Law” stipulates that property owners and/or contractors may be held liable for scaffolding accidents. Claims made under Section 240 allow victims to seek broader compensation than is typically available through workers’ compensation. A personal injury lawsuit may be brought against against a contractor or owner to recover damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress. Since this labor code imposes strict liability, the injured worker does not need to establish fault if he was harmed during a fall from a defective ladder or scaffold.
Dozens of multi-million dollar settlements are awarded each year to construction accident victims who suffered serious harm or injury through no fault of their own. If you suffered injuries or a loved one lost their life while working on a construction site, The Sanders Firm can explain all potential avenues of recovery, beyond workers comp claims. You may have grounds for obtaining compensation through a third-party claim if a non-employer’s wrongdoing or negligence was the leading factor in the accident that caused your injuries.
Leading construction accident lawyers New York
We understand the many emotional and financial burdens faced by families dealing with a serious injury or death caused by a construction site accident in New York. We’re passionate about balancing the scales of justice for construction site victims who suffered harm because of someone else’s negligence.
Our dedicated trial lawyers have decades of experience in successfully handling construction accident lawsuits on behalf of injured workers. We are experts on New York State labor law and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and we work with construction engineers and other safety protocol experts to prove it beyond a doubt when safety violations have occurred, or when reasonable safety measures were not followed by responsible third parties.
At The Sanders Firm, our veteran New York personal injury attorneys will fight for maximum financial compensation for your losses, above and beyond what is covered by worker’s compensation.
Damages collected in a third party construction accident lawsuit will account for:
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Medical expenses – both past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Your spouse’s losses
- Punitive damages (where warranted)
Injured on the job? Get legal help from Sanders
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction accident in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island, the New York personal injury attorneys at The Sanders Law Firm offer a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you are eligible for monetary damages. Though we’re one of the largest and most trusted personal injury firms in NYC, all clients receive the personalized service and unwavering support they have grown to expect.
And since we work on a contingency basis, our legal team accepts no fees for handling your case unless a verdict or settlement is obtained on your behalf. Call toll-free: 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752)
- New York Times, Many Propose Ways to Make Construction Sites Safer http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/nyregion/07safety.html?ref=constructionaccidents&_r=0
- New York Times, Crane Collapse Kills Two and Unsettles New Yorkers http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/nyregion/30cnd-crane.html?ref=cranecollapseeast91ststreetnyc
- NY Daily News, Jobsite accidents in New York City jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012, while injuries up 46% in same period http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/lives-fall-cracks-city-lets-safety-lag-article-1.1239076
- New York Post, Death toll at NYC construction sites tripled last year http://nypost.com/2013/04/07/death-toll-at-nyc-construction-sites-tripled-last-year/