NYC Construction Accident Lawyers Serving the Tri-State
Construction and demolition workers are entitled to a safe work environment, proper training, and properly functioning equipment. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and poor site surroundings lead to injured workers.
If you have recently been involved in a New York City construction accident, the attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP are dedicated to helping you receive the damages you are due.
Our New York Construction Accident Lawyers
When employers, general contractors, subcontractors, and building owners neglect to create a safe working experience, they may become liable to their workers, as well as the public. Under Labor Law Section 240 (1), any owner or contractor must provide adequate safety equipment for those workers working at an elevated area such as a scaffold, trench, pit, ladder, or roof.
Any failure to provide an adequate worksite that causes construction workers to fall from a height may impose absolute liability under New York State law.
As a victim of workplace negligence, you should be skeptical about relinquishing any of your rights to a company in exchange for compensation. Because the nature of construction work can sometimes make it more difficult for you to return to your pre-injury status, you should consult with one of our attorneys before making a final decision.
Depending on your case, there is a good chance that the court will award you monetary damages to cover your injuries, medical bills, loss of wages, pain, and suffering.
Do You Have a New York Construction Accident Case?
When you choose Leav & Steinberg LLP to represent you, we will conduct a detailed analysis to determine whether or not your case is valid. Along with analyzing your story, we will look at your medical evaluations, injury photos, construction site photos, and any other evidence.
It’s important that you notify us about your accident as soon as possible. If not, you could run the risk of filing outside of the statute of limitations and having your case barred.
Refer to the list of common construction site accidents below to help you determine if your case is legitimate.
Serious injuries can occur after a fall or when operating crane equipment. Common causes of crane accidents include improper or negligent operation, failing hardware or structures, or hazards due to unsafe work conditions.
Scaffolding and Ladder Falls
New York law requires that proper ladders be provided to workers in the construction industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that certain types of ladders be used for different types of construction tasks. New York laws are designed to help protect workers from falls and related injuries from unsecured ladders.
Broken and Malfunctioning Tools
Working with faulty construction equipment is dangerous and can lead to serious injuries when proper guidelines aren’t followed. Multiple parties can be held responsible, including the employer, manufacturer, or retailer of the equipment.
Slips, Trips, or Falls on a Construction Site
Even when elevation isn’t a factor, there are many potentially dangerous conditions on any construction site that can lead to injuries. Falls are cited as one of the most common construction accidents, with the CDC reporting approximately 300-400 construction workers falling to their deaths each year.
If you’ve lived through a fall on a construction site due to another party’s negligence, we can help you determine the most appropriate next steps.
After nerve damage resulting from an accident, injured construction workers may experience loss of sensation, severed nerves, or a permanent disability such as a spinal injury.
Exposure to Toxic or Hazardous Materials
Fumes, dust, gasses, and other hazardous materials present on construction sites can harm workers’ overall health and well-being. Chemical solvents, mold, and open flames can all pose serious injuries on a job site. Employers have a legal duty to protect workers from inhaling, ingesting, or coming into bodily contact with these dangerous chemicals.
Our experienced team of construction accident attorneys in New York is dedicated to providing you with compassionate and effective services following the death of a loved one. The most common causes of death on construction sites include:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught between objects
Claimants and surviving dependents can receive compensation in the form of a death benefit, which is available under New York workers’ compensation law.
New York Construction Accident Laws Explained
New York Labor Law 200
New York Labor Law 200 emphasizes the responsibility of employers to guarantee a safe work environment for their employees. This law covers both the initial construction and the daily operations of workplaces. Any hazardous conditions known or reasonably foreseeable must be addressed promptly by employers, reinforcing their obligation to the well-being of their workforce.
New York Labor Law 240
Under New York Labor Law 240, often dubbed the “Scaffold Law,” construction workers are granted specific protections for height-related risks. The responsibility squarely falls on-site owners and general contractors to ensure worker safety when elevated. In construction accident cases of elevation-related injuries, owners and contractors can face strict liability due to non-compliance.
New York Labor Law 241
New York Labor Law 241 provides a framework for enhanced safety practices in construction and demolition, making site owners and contractors responsible for upholding these standards. From equipment and protective gear to site conditions, any shortcomings can result in them bearing the consequences for resultant injuries.
Construction Accident Lawsuit FAQs
What steps should I take immediately after a construction accident to protect my rights?
If you’re involved in a New York construction accident, it’s essential to prioritize your physical well-being first by seeking medical attention. Even if you only have seemingly minor injuries, complications can arise later. Report the incident to your supervisor, ensuring there’s official documentation. Be sure to also collect evidence, such as photos of the scene, your injuries, and any contributing factors. Secure names and contacts of any witnesses. Before making statements or signing any documents, it’s a good idea to consult a construction accident lawyer to safeguard your rights and potential claims.
Why is it essential to hire a New York construction accident lawyer with local expertise?
Since New York has distinct labor laws and construction codes, you need a well-versed local lawyer to represent you after your construction accident. These legal professionals are familiar with the state’s specific regulations and worker protections, meaning you’ll get highly trustworthy guidance that falls in line with New York labor and employment laws.
Are there time limits for filing a construction accident claim in or near NYC?
In New York City, the statute of limitations for construction accident personal injury claims is typically three years from the accident date. However, if the claim is against a city or municipal entity, a notice of claim often must be filed within 90 days. Due to varying deadlines, it’s essential to consult a local attorney quickly after an accident to ensure timely filing.
What if the construction accident was partly my fault?
Even if you believe you were partially at fault, you might still be eligible for compensation. In many jurisdictions, a concept called ‘comparative negligence’ allows for compensation, even if the injured party was partly responsible for their injuries. Request your free consultation with our personal injury attorneys, and we’ll work to see what you can recover.
What factors should I consider when choosing a construction accident lawyer near me?
Your ideal NYC construction accident lawyer should not only have specialized experience but also a track record that speaks to their competence. Feedback from previous clients can provide valuable insights into their approach and commitment. A deep understanding of local laws, coupled with open and approachable communication, especially about their fee structure, is also incredibly important.
Why Choose Leav & Steinberg for Your Construction Accident Case
Our clients don’t have to go through a third party to communicate with their legal team. Our lawyers are open to communication and will even provide their direct cell phone numbers. Because your convenience is one of our top priorities, we are also willing to travel just about anywhere in the tri-state area to meet with you, including Manhattan and the Bronx.
New York Construction Accident Lawyer Testimonials
When you become a client at Leav & Steinberg, you become family. Whether you’ve been in a minor car accident or you face significant injuries from a defective product, we ensure you get the same unwavering attention and dedication to your claim.
Our clients say it best. Read their experiences and see firsthand the level of commitment we bring to every case.
“I was well pleased with the service that was provided to me by the professionals at Leav and Steinberg offices. They worked with me closely during this process. This is a very diligent law firm. I would highly recommend them to everyone. Thank you again for all your help.” – Bettie D.
“The attorneys and staff at Leav and Steinberg have been very warm and accommodating to my husband and myself. They have been careful to meet your needs while eliminating the stressors of frequent trips to their office. Mr. Steinberg, and Daniella, have been working steadfastly on our cases. They have always been transparent with us, informing us of our best option, and making the choice that better suited us. If you are looking for a Legal firm that you can count on, Leav and Steinberg is definitely the match for you!” – Dr. Myrtle
“I would like to take the opportunity to both thank and congratulate Leav Steinberg, LLC for their professionalism, dedication, attention to detail, and hard work on my behalf for a few years. The end result is a positive outcome in my favor. I would recommend them and the whole staff without any hesitation.” – Zoe P.
Construction Accident Lawyer Verdicts in New York
Results speak louder than words. Over the last 17 years, we have helped numerous construction accident victims receive large monetary settlements, including:
– $5,000,000 Settlement: personal injury after a construction worker slipped and fell from a ladder on-site
– $2,818,000 Settlement: personal injury after a Queens construction gate fell on a mother and daughter
– $2,250,000 Settlement: personal injury after a construction vehicle struck a traffic control worker at a construction site
– $1,100,000 Settlement: personal injury after a laborer fell off a dolly at his workplace
– $830,000 Settlement: personal injury after a 14-year-old boy fell on a sidewalk adjacent to a construction site
– $700,000 Settlement: personal injury after a construction worker slipped and fell from a ladder on-site
– $600,000 Settlement: personal injury after an electrician slipped and fell from a ladder in an apartment he was renovating
– $500,000 Settlement: personal injury after a leaky valve on a hot water boiler exploded on a building superintendent
It’s important to note that prior results will not necessarily guarantee you a similar outcome. However, we will do everything possible to ensure you receive proper compensation.
Contact Our New York City Construction Injury Attorneys
The NY construction accident attorneys at Leav & Steinberg proudly represent clients throughout New York City and the surrounding areas, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
Injured after a construction accident in New York? Give us a call today at 347-408-2947 or contact us here to schedule your free consultation.