New York State Laws recognize the rights of those that build, repair, restore, and modernize the buildings, roads, homes, schools, trains, utilities, escalators, elevators, and the general infrastructure of our city. These rights are recognized in labor laws that protect workers that are injured on-the-job during construction including scaffolding accidents, crane accidents, electrical accidents, welding accidents, ladder accidents, forklift accidents, elevator accidents, and nail gun accidents — among others.

If you’ve been injured on a construction site and have questions about your legal rights, construction lawsuits, or your next steps, we invite you to speak with a construction accident lawyer at our firm. To request a free consultation, please the free lawyer consultation form or call 212-268-3222.

Below are examples of construction accident settlements and verdicts we have secure for our client.

Settlement
$1.5 M Scaffold Injury
Raphaelson and Levine’s long battle with Bovis Lend Lease ended in a $1.5 million settlement for a 65-year-old construction worker who fell off a scaffold and broke his leg. Our client was awarded summary judgment by a Bronx judge because of the defendant’s failure to properly secure our client while he was on a scaffold. Although he was given a harness, there were no anchorage points...
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$1.5M Scaffolding Accident Settlement
A mason and shop steward in New York City suffered devastating injuries due to statutory violations and negligence by the defendant. His injuries occurred after falling 25 feet from the scaffold to a pile of debris lying beneath him on the ground. The scaffolding lacked guardrails and had unsecured planking that was missing or gapped in some areas. A safety arrest system and toe boards were...
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$1.5M Construction Elevator Settlement
Our client, a union ironworker, and the foreman was involved in a construction project to add a 10-story academic building to Columbia University. He sustained serious injuries while riding on a temporary elevator operated by a third party and a co-defendant in this case. While the elevator employee was bringing our client and his co-workers down, the elevator jerked and dropped suddenly...
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$1.35M Construction Elevator Accident
A 22-year-old elevator mechanic apprentice sustained permanent injuries when a falling elevator counterweight struck him in the face during the renovation of the elevator. The accident occurred because safety procedures regarding the placement of a mesh fence around the elevator leveling device were not in place, a violation of a New York industrial code. The Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm...
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Jury Verdict
$1.14M Worksite Trip & Fall Verdict
Our client was carrying a large roll of wallpaper in an area that was supposed to have been inspected and made safe for the many contractors at this worksite. It wasn’t and he tripped on materials left laying on the floor, which should have been removed. As a result of the accident, he required surgery on both of his knees. The defendants in the lawsuit refused to settle, insisting our client...
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Settlement
$1M Worksite Trip & Fall Settlement
Andrew Levine and Howard Raphaelson successfully obtained a $900K settlement in a labor law case for a deserving client of the firm. Our client also received nearly $200,000 in compensation benefits bringing the total recovery to over $1 million. Our client was injured when working in the construction of a new luxury Brooklyn hotel. He was not provided a safe place to work and was injured when...
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$1M Construction Accident Settlement
The victim, a carpenter, was knocked off a ladder on a job site in Brooklyn, New York. He was on the ladder, constructing a wall when he fell. As a result of the fall, he shattered his heal (a calcaneus fracture).He had to undergo multiple surgeries to construct and then remove the hardware in his foot. The carpenter will live with chronic pain and arthritis for the rest of his life...
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$1M Construction Worker Accident Settlement
The firm represented a construction worker that was walking along an improperly secured plank that was placed over a newly poured cement floor to create a passageway while the cement was drying. When the worker walked over the plank shifted, causing him to lose his balance, resulting in him twisting his ankle and sustaining a severe injury to his ankle. He was then required to undergo multiple...
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$795K Fall From Heights Settlement
Our firm represented a man who was working on a large construction project in Brooklyn. Our client was assigned to the roof and was told to cover the holes with plywood. He was not given any safety devices such as a harness or life line. The holes also did not have any barricades further placing him in danger of falling. He fell through a hole he was attempting to cover and landed...
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$715K Judgment for Back Injury
New York, New York — January 12, 2012 — When a 52-year-old laborer backed into a piece of structural steel while bent over painting rebar on the ground, he suffered lumbar injuries that kept him from working for two years. New York Construction Injury Law Firm Raphaelson and Levine was there to help. Raphaelson and Levine successfully argued a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision applied...
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Settlement
$500K Uninsured Job-Site Injury Settlement
Our client, a carpenter on a gut renovation project in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, went to plug in a hand-operated circular saw when disaster struck. Unbeknownst to him, the saw had been jerry-rigged to stay in the 'on' position. The moment the saw was plugged in the blade started spinning causing the saw go airborne and slicing into our clients back deep enough to shatter two of his ribs...
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$400K Scaffold Accident Settlement
We recently represented a New York City construction worker who was injured when he fell from a scaffold at a construction site. He sustained serious injuries, including a fractured arm and lacerations to multiple parts of his body. As a result, he was disabled and unable to work for over two years following the accident. The injured worker trusted his attorneys at Raphaelson and Levine to...
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