New York construction workers are nearly four times more likely to suffer a fatal occupational injury compared to all other industries, which has resulted in the tragic loss of nearly 500 lives and thousands of serious injuries throughout New York’s construction industry over the past decade.
After suffering a work injury, your legal rights are undoubtedly crossing your mind. Hiring a construction accident lawyer is a good first step. A personal injury lawyer who specializes in accidents on construction sites can help you understand your legal rights as well as the regulations and laws that may affect your ability to recover financial compensation.
The top-rated New York construction injury lawyers at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm have helped blue-collar workers and their families recover millions of dollars in compensation after a serious construction injury or job-site fatality has occurred.
If you’ve been injured and have questions about your rights, or would like to discuss your legal options following an on-the-job accident, please complete the contact form below or call 212-268-3222 for a free, no-obligation consultation with a New York construction injury lawyer at our firm.
The best way to receive maximum compensation for a construction injury is to enlist the legal expertise of an experienced New York construction accident lawyer.
The trusted construction accident attorneys at Raphaelson & Levine have secured millions of dollars in construction accident lawsuits awards for injured New York construction workers, including an $8.5 Million Dollar settlement for an individual injured in a Bronx building collapse, a $2.23 Million Dollar settlement for a scaffold injury in Rockland County, and a $1.14 Million Dollar settlement for a construction site trip and fall in the Bronx.
Victims injured on a construction site may be able to pursue one (or more) of the following claims with the help of a New York construction injury lawyer:
In New York, workers’ compensation law entitles construction workers injured on-the-job to cash benefits regardless of immigration status, including undocumented construction workers. A formula (2/3 x Average Weekly Wage x % of Disability) is used to calculate the maximum benefit paid per week to a worker who is totally or partially disabled and unable to work for more than seven days straight. (Learn More)
If the construction injury occurred due to a third party’s negligence a personal injury lawsuit a victim or their family can file a personal injury claim to recover for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, wage capacity, and other losses. The injury claim must establish that a third party was negligent and that their negligence led to the injury. (Learn More)
If the construction injury occurred due to a defective product, a victim or their family can file a product liability claim. The claim must establish that the product was already dangerous when it left the manufacturer’s control and that there was no warning of the risk of unreasonable danger. (Learn More)
If the construction injury resulted in the loss of life, a victim’s family can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for reasonable expenses including, but not limited to, lost wages and benefits of the deceased, lost inheritance and the value of parental care as well as conscious pain and suffering endured by the deceased. (Learn More)
A recent in-depth analysis of all OSHA construction site inspections in New York found safety violations were present at 2 of 3 site inspections. The analysis also reported safety violations were found at 100% of construction sites with fall-related deaths (in 2014 and 2015).
Most construction accident injuries occur due to inadequate safety provisions for workers. While OSHA penalties for employers who violate job-site safety laws have increased in recent years, an alarming amount of construction accidents and fatalities in New York State and New York City continue to be reported each year.
When a job-site accident occurs, a New York construction injury lawyer may be able to hold multiple parties liable for the accident. Any third-party that failed to take sufficient safety measures or provide adequate safety provisions to ensure a reasonably safe construction site may be held liable for job-site injuries – including contractors, subcontractors, site owners, engineers, and equipment manufacturers.
New York labor laws favor construction workers and provide specific legal protections under New Labor Law Sections 200, 240 (“Scaffolding Law”) and 241(6) which provide special provisions for workers injured by or on scaffolds, ladders, hoists, stays, slings, hangers, pulleys, irons, ropes, blocks, braces, and other similar devices
Defective equipment, falling debris, trench collapse, explosions, exposed power lines and toxic materials like solvents are all hazards that contribute to the more than 1,500 deaths and nearly 400,000 injuries to construction workers each year in the United States, however, in New York City four causes of construction-related fatalities are responsible for nearly 90 percent of all construction worker deaths.
Dubbed the “Fatal Four,” these job-site situations are responsible for nearly all construction worker deaths in New York City each year:
Injuries due to unsafe scaffolding, ladders, sidewalk bridges, etc.
Injuries due to falling tools, debris, building materials, etc.
Due to exposed wires, faulty wiring, and other electrical issues
Injuries due to being caught-in or compression by equipment or objects ( trench collapse, building collapse, etc.)
If you work on a construction site and have been hurt in a job-site accident a New York construction injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights, the regulations, and laws that apply to your situation and will provide you with potential courses of action.
At Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm we work tirelessly to protect labor law and aggressively fight to secure maximum compensation for construction workers injured on a New York construction site. To schedule a FREE consultation with a construction accident lawyer at our firm, call 212-268-3222.
We proudly serve union and non-union construction workers regardless of immigration status (including undocumented workers) throughout New York, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New York City (NYC) as well as Rockland County, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester, NY.