New York Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction sites are among the most dangerous of all environments in which to work. Heavy equipment, scaffolding, power tools and machinery, and a constantly changing environment can all be involved in the causes of construction site accidents. These accidents can result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, electrocutions, broken bones, internal injuries, severe burns, and more. These injuries can put workers in emergency rooms, hospitals, doctor offices and out of work for weeks, months, or more. In the worst cases, individuals die from these accidents, leaving behind grieving families who must face the future without the affection and companionship as well as the earnings of their loved ones.
At Dansker & Aspromonte, we are deeply familiar with the consequences that a construction site accident can have on workers and their families. That is why we work tirelessly to fight for the compensation you need from all available sources that contributed to or caused your injuries. When you come to our firm, you can rely on our proven experience, negotiation and trial skills, and the genuine care and support we provide. Our firm has been serving the needs of New Yorkers since 1986 leading to millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our injury clients.
Arrange for a free consultation directly with a New York construction accident attorney at Dansker & Aspromonte by contacting us via our website or at (646) 692-0204.
Construction Accident Cases We Handle
Due to the dangers of construction sites, many different types of accidents and injuries or fatalities can occur. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 5,333 individuals were killed while on the job in 2019. Approximately 20 percent of these workers were in construction jobs. This accounts for one in every five worker deaths in that year.
OSHA’s job is to reduce injuries and death through its safety standards. It reports the 10 most frequently violated safety areas leading to workplace accidents. Among these are included:
- Fall protection
- Fall protection training
- Powered industrial trucks
- Machinery and machine guarding
At Dansker & Aspromonte, we handle construction accident injury cases related to the above as well as the following:
- Crane accidents
- Falling objects
- Forklift accidents
- Crushing accidents
- Truck and vehicle accidents
- Welding accidents
- Trench accidents
- Building collapse
- Unsafe and heavy equipment
- Worksite slip and fall accidents
- Accidents related to inadequate safety equipment, such as respiratory, face, head, and eye protection
Even if you’re not sure if your case merits legal action, you can share your situation with an attorney from our office who can provide advice and guidance based on your specifics.
New York Construction Accident Laws
The law in New York State protects workers on construction sites. In many cases, the Labor Law places strict liability on the general contractor and site owner. That means that construction project owners, landlords, general contractors, and their agents are considered absolutely at fault for construction accidents caused by safety violations.
Under New York Labor Law Section 241, these individuals have a duty to all persons working in and upon the building and premises to construct, equip, arrange, operate, and conduct the work in such a manner to provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health, and safety of all persons employed or lawfully frequenting such places.
They must also place, operate, guard, and light all machinery, equipment, and devices to provide reasonable and adequate safety protections. Such protections must be in place during all phases of construction jobs, including demolition, erection, repair, painting, cleaning, and any other operations. Reasonable protections are expected to be provided for workers using equipment such as ladders, hoists, stays, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, ropes, and any others needed to get the job done.
Contractors and owners must also comply with all the rules contained in the New York State Industrial Code, such as keeping the workplace clean and free of debris and keeping all safety devices in sound operating condition.
Liability in Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites have many moving parts and individuals who are involved with the job, including subcontractors, engineers, architects, and machinery and equipment manufacturers, all of whom may have contributed to your accident. For example, when construction site equipment proves to be defective leading to malfunction or failure, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable for your losses.
Call Dansker & Aspromonte at (646) 692-0204 today or contact us online to book your free consultation with a New York construction accident attorney today.
Depending on the details of your case, you may be eligible to seek financial recovery through a workers’ compensation claim and/or a third-party liability claim.
If you are seeking benefits through the workers’ compensation system, you can pursue wage replacement benefits and recovery for your medical expenses. For those who also qualify to pursue a third-party claim, you can typically seek additional forms of compensation, such as pain and suffering. We can help you understand which of these legal options is available in your case.
Third-party claims are those filed against someone other than your employer, such as those mentioned above. Aside from subcontractors and equipment manufacturers, other potentially liable parties can include:
- Vehicle drivers
- Other workers
- The owner of the property
- The general contractor
Working with an attorney from our firm can benefit anyone who has been injured in a construction accident. This is especially true if you are unsure about who is liable for your injuries, you have a particularly complicated case, and when you do not want to deal with unfair insurance tactics on your own. Regarding the latter, bear in mind that insurance company representatives do not work for you but for their employers and will commonly offer you quick settlements at far less than your case is worth to close their files and ensure the continued profitability of the company.
At Dansker & Aspromonte, we work exclusively for you and your best interests. We do that by:
- Gathering compelling evidence to prove liability and your losses. This can include witness testimony, medical records, statements from doctors and other experts, and more, all to prove the value of your case.
- Negotiating with insurance companies. We prepare all cases for trial, putting you in the strongest legal position for an optimum outcome. Our team is composed of skilled negotiators who won’t back down from insurance company efforts to reduce your claim.
- Litigating on your behalf in court. It can be tricky to know when it’s time to go to court or when you are eligible to do so. However, we can advise you and handle the proceedings when negotiations fail to yield a fair settlement, filing a civil lawsuit backed up by our extensive case preparation and proven trial skills.
Only you can determine if seeking representation is right for your case. When doing so, know that we bring decades of experience in civil court to seek the best possible results for you.
Recoverable Damages in a Third-Party Claims
Every personal injury case is different, based on the type of accident, the extent of your injuries, and other relevant facts. However, available damages in a third-party injury claim may include:
- Pain and suffering: If your injuries substantially affected your life, both physically and emotionally
- Medical bills: If you had to receive testing and treatments to heal from your injuries, including emergency care, surgery, physical therapy, hospitalizations, and more
- Lost wages: If your injuries affected your ability to go back to work after the accident
- Future lost income: If your injuries will go on to reduce your earnings in the future
- Wrongful death damages: If you are seeking compensation after a loved one’s passing
In general, the more severe your injuries were and the higher the cost of your medical care, the more we can seek through a third-party claim or lawsuit. However, your injuries do not have to be catastrophic to seek compensation.
We can determine the merits of your case after discussing the details with you in a free consultation.
Brain Damage $50 Million
Christian, a four-year-old boy, was brought to the hospital for a routine eyelid repair. To cut costs, the hospital contracted out its anesthesia services to a third-party corporation.
Serious Injuries $31 Million
A 35-year-old New York City Police officer was a passenger in a police car going to an emergency call. After a collision, Ms. A. was rendered unconscious and was admitted to Jacobi Hospital with head and limb injuries.
Work Injury $21.5 Million
This accident occurred in the Bronx when Rafael C. was working on a sanitation truck. The driver lost control while making a turn. Rafael was ejected and the truck ran over his leg.
Serious Injuries $10.3 Million
A 22-year-old theater intern was walking across the intersection of 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan when she was struck by the rear door of a passing truck which had flown open because it had been improperly secured by the driver.
Burn Injuries $8 Million
Dansker & Aspromonte represented 60 tenants in the infamous Schomburg Plaza fire. A fire started in a jammed compactor chute on the 20th floor of the high-rise apartment building.
Head Injury $7.8 Million
This female accountant was walking after work in Battery Park on the pedestrian promenade when she was suddenly struck by a speeding police motor scooter.
Serious Injuries $6.6 Million
This case involved a 6-year-old girl who was in a minivan that was struck by an ambulance in a multi-car collision on the Northern State Parkway in Long Island, New York.
Serious Injuries $6.25 Million
A 26-year-old bicycle deliveryman was struck by a speeding Dollar Rent-A-Car van on a busy intersection, causing multiple fractures in his neck, back, arm and leg, as well as mild brain damage.
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