There were more than 140,000 nonfatal workplace accidents and illnesses reported from private employers in New York in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There were also 60,400 injury and illness cases reported the same year for state and local government employers.
If you were injured on the job, you may have the right to compensation for the damages you sustained. A Queens workplace accident lawyer is ready to help and advise you of your rights. At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we represent clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Call us at (212) 732-2929 to speak to a member of our team.
Common Types of Workplace Accidents
Workplace accidents may happen for a variety of reasons and can cause a wide variety of injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, internal organ damage, spinal problems, injuries requiring surgical intervention, toxic chemical exposure, disfigurement, or even death. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in cases involving:
After a security guard slipped on ice on a ramp attached to the building owned by Metropolitan Life, he retained our services. He had suffered a fractured knee and depression following the accident. Our team was able to prove that the heating coils in the ramp had not operated properly for some time before the accident, which made the ramp unnecessarily icy and slippery. We were able to recover a $1.2 million award for this client.
Property owners, managers, and tenants are expected to maintain a safe environment for the public and workers, including accounting for ice and snow. If they breach this duty, workers may be able to recover compensation for their injuries against parties responsible for maintaining properties in a reasonably safe condition.
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry and were responsible for 320 fatalities out of 1,008 construction fatalities in 2018, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have handled many cases involving workers who were injured or killed in workplace accidents. A brief sampling of these cases and the awards we were able to recover include:
- $3.5 million to an immigrant worker who fell while working on scaffolding to the ground 30 feet below —this man suffered fractures in his skull, neck vertebrae, and back. Lawyers proved that his employer failed to provide him with a safety line as required.
- $2.25 million in a verdict to a 46-year-old carpenter who fell from a ladder while working—the carpenter suffered fractures in his face and knee
- $1.3 million to a 50-year old construction worker who fell through a hole in scaffolding while working at a school—he suffered small fractures and mild cognitive deficits
Motor Vehicle Accidents
After the driver of a sanitation truck suddenly lost control of his vehicle, another sanitation worker was ejected from the vehicle and in the process, his leg was run over by the truck. He ultimately died from complications caused by medical malpractice in his emergency care. Under New York law both the man’s employer and the medical practitioners were legally responsible. Our firm was able to secure a settlement of $21.5 million for the victim’s family.
In another tragic case, a New York City park employee on Staten Island died after he was struck by a front loader truck while he was waiting for his salt spreading truck to be filled. We were able to recover $4.2 million in compensation for the man’s estate.
In some workplace injury cases, a worker is exposed to a toxic substance. For example, one of our former clients was cleaning offices at night when a building was being fumigated for insects with a powerful chemical agent. No one informed our client of the fumigation and she was later diagnosed with Lupus because of the exposure. Because we built a strong and clear case of negligence, the case settled for $2 million well before trial.
We Can Help You Determine Who is Responsible for Your Workplace Accident
Several parties may share in the liability for the injuries you sustain, including:
- Property owners who have failed to maintain a safe premises
- Building tenants
- Property managers
- Third-party contractors
- Companies that make defective safety equipment
- Companies that expose you to toxic substances on the job
- Third parties who were negligent, such as a driver who hit you while you were working
The experienced and dedicated Queens workplace accident lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates will investigate your claim, determine all potentially liable parties, and the full nature of each and every type of damage you sustained. Workers’ compensation benefits may not be the only source of your possible compensation. By filing a third-party claim, you may be able to recover substantial damages for your pain and suffering, the full extent of your lost wages, unpaid medical costs, and other damages that are not typically included in a workers’ compensation settlement. In some instances, you can have both a Worker’s Compensation claim and a legal claim against the parties responsible for your injuries and damages.
How a Lawyer Can Help
At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, our sole focus is on our clients. We understand the toll that a serious injury can have on your life, your family, and your finances. We will fight to secure compensation on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery.
Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and determine all liable parties. We will file all applicable claims with insurance companies that cover the negligent parties. We will fight for a fair and just outcome, whether that means pursuing a settlement or presenting your case to a jury at trial.
Call us today to learn more about how we can help.
Seek Help from a Queens Workplace Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a workplace accident in the New York City metropolitan area, call the lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates who have decades of experience fighting for victims like you. You shouldn’t have to bear the trauma costs of a workplace injury alone. Call our team today at (212) 732-2929 to learn more about your rights and how we can help.