The construction industry poses many hazards to workers throughout Staten Island. According to data gathered by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2018, there were 22 reported fatalities in the private construction industry in New York City alone. The demanding nature of a construction job makes the risk of injury a reality for many workers.
At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we understand how detrimental a construction accident can be to your career, your ability to support yourself and the ones you care about, your family life, and physical wellbeing. When you work with us, a Staten Island construction accident lawyer can investigate the details of your accident, secure beneficial evidence including witness statements and video surveillance, evaluate the extent of your physical and economic damages, and represent you in court, if necessary. We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that we do not request payment for our services until the successful resolution of your case.
To get started with a free case evaluation, call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at
Recovering Damages After a Staten Island Construction Accident
If you have been injured because of another party’s negligence or if they were otherwise responsible for the happening of your accident you will be able to recover compensation from those parties. You may also be entitled to recover compensation through New York’s Workers’ Compensation Law. Your construction accident lawyer will work to maximize the amount of the recovery for your injuries and prove that other parties were negligent or responsible in causing your accident, and are therefore responsible for your damages.
Some examples of money damages you may be able to recover through a construction accident lawsuit include:
- Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
- Unpaid lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Unpaid past and future medical costs
- Loss of pension benefits
New York’s Statute of Limitations for Construction Accidents
New York limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit following a construction accident. If you fail to file within that time limit, you may be unable to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. A Staten Island construction accident lawyer can explain in more detail how New York’s statute of limitations applies to your situation.
We Do Not Require Upfront Fees for Handling Your Case
Payment of our services is contingent on your case’s success. That means that you don’t have to pay us any money upfront. We get paid out of the compensation or court award we get on your behalf. If the case is not successful, you don’t owe any fee to us. You can be assured that we will do our best to obtain the highest recovery for you.
Many people are hesitant to hire a lawyer because they are afraid of the cost implications. However, we take that burden off your shoulders and advance the expenses associated with building your case.
Injuries That Result from Construction Accidents
If you have not already sought medical attention after an accident on the job, you should do so as soon as possible. Hidden injuries, like internal bleeding or organ damage, will not show symptoms immediately after the accident. To promote your safety and wellbeing, you should speak with a doctor to get yourself checked out. Additionally, by immediately informing your boss, supervisor, or foreperson, and keeping any documents relating to your medical care and treatment, you can help your lawyer establish a link between yourself and the construction accident.
Some examples of workplace injuries include:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Burns resulting from electrocutions or shocks, explosions, or other fires
- Deafness or other hearing loss issues due to lack of ear protection
- Deep cuts or lacerations from tools, machinery, and nails
- Finger, limb, or toe amputation
- Paralysis or quadriplegia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic brain injury
You may be suffering from injuries that we have not listed here. No matter how minor your injuries may seem at first, it is important that you seek legal advice from the lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates immediately. Some injuries may seem minor at first and then get worse over time. Also, even a small injury can have catastrophic effects on your ability to work and support your family. We can factor these losses into the total value of your claim. To get started, call (212) 540-2987.
Causes for Construction Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,700 worker fatalities in the private sector as well as tens of thousands of non-fatal injuries were reported in 2018. These statistics give insight into the frequency of construction accidents, noting that one out of every five worker deaths is construction-related.
Some of the reasons for these accidents include:
- Falls from ladders or scaffolding
- Being struck by a falling object
- Other falls due to dangerous worksite conditions
- Getting caught-in/between, which refers to instances where workers were caught inside pieces of machinery or between two pieces of equipment
No matter how your accident occurred, Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help. We will start by investigating the circumstances of your accident and, from there, work to prove negligence. While you cannot sue your employer in New York, you can sue any other responsible party, including the General Contractor on the job, the owner of the premises where the construction work is being done, other contractors who created a dangerous worksite condition or the manufacturer of a product that caused your injuries. New York has some of the most powerful worker protection laws in the United States including requirements that workers be provided with the proper safety devices for the work that is being done. Call us today to see how those laws protect you.
Types of Work That Result in Staten Island Construction Accidents
To keep construction zones safe throughout Staten Island, site managers or property owners must exhibit reasonable care. Failing to install secure construction fencing, sidewalk sheds, and signage create unsafe construction sites.
When companies fail to maintain reasonably safe construction zones, you can rely on our New York lawyers to hold them liable in a construction accident claim. We demand a fair settlement for your losses, and we prove how the at-fault party’s careless actions resulted in your damages.
Construction Fencing Problems
Construction fencing saves lives. The fences create temporary barriers to section off dangerous areas and prevent electrocutions, falls, crashes, or struck-by incidents. Proper fencing keeps both construction workers and the general public out of harm’s way. When a site does not have fencing in place, disasters occur.
Accidents While Plumbing
When installing or repairing plumbing systems, workers must maneuver in tight spaces, lift heavy objects, and operate powerful machinery. Therefore, the technicians should receive proper gear and plumbing tools to complete their tasks safely.
But if an employer fails to provide the correct equipment, plumbing accidents occur. Without the correct gear, plumbers are at risk of suffering falls, sprains, burns, electrocutions, asbestos exposure, and gas-related injuries.
Missing or Poorly Construction Sidewalk Sheds
The city of New York requires construction workers to install sidewalk sheds when:
- Constructing a building more than 40 feet high
- Demolishing a building over 25 feet tall
- A construction site puts pedestrians in potential danger
If a construction company constructs a poor barrier or fails to install a sidewalk shed altogether, the risk of pedestrian injuries increase. Sidewalk sheds protect the general public from flying debris, and failing to install these barriers constitutes negligent behavior.
Faulty Mechanical Systems and Sprinklers
An employer or equipment manufacturer can be liable for mechanical system failures at a construction site.
Construction workers rely on electrical systems to perform their work. But accidents occur when employers do not keep up with regular maintenance and allow workers to use defective equipment. Faulty mechanical systems can lead to severe injuries, including broken bones, paralysis, and wrongful death.
In addition, with so much going on at a construction site, it’s crucial to have effective sprinkler systems. But faulty sprinkler systems may fail to control a construction fire, leading to severe injuries and extensive property damages.
Scaffolding allows construction workers to perform their jobs safely. The platforms support workers and their equipment while preventing debris from falling on nearby pedestrians or motor vehicles.
When construction site managers fail to install sturdy platforms, they increase the risk of scaffolding accidents. For example, scaffolds must include slip-resistant landings and threads. But when they do not, construction workers may slip and fall, causing suffer severe injuries.
Construction managers must place signs around work areas. The signage alerts workers, pedestrians, and nearby motor vehicle drivers to administer caution while navigating the area. Failing to place adequate signage leads to numerous construction accidents throughout Staten Island.
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Today
Our team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates understands what it takes to prove negligence in Staten Island construction accident cases. Getting compensation on your behalf, whether from an individual or their insurance company, is our top priority.
To promote your case’s success, some of the services we may perform include:
- Managing communications with the involved parties and their legal representatives
- Investigating the circumstances of your accident by visiting your worksite
- Consulting and/or hiring experts in construction site safety if necessary
- Collecting evidence that supports your claim
- Consulting with third-party field experts, such as medical professionals, to understand the full scope of your injuries
- Interviewing witnesses
- Negotiating for a fair settlement on your behalf
- Advocating for your legal rights
- Filing a lawsuit on your behalf
- Preparing your case for trial
If you or a loved one was injured in a Staten Island construction accident, we are ready to get started on your case today. During your free case review, we will discuss your accident, your injuries, and how the injuries have affected your daily life. We will answer your questions.
To see how a Staten Island construction accident lawyer can help you, call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 540-2987.