Types of Construction Accidents in New York

New York Attorneys help victims of all types of construction accidents get the compensation the deserve.

New York City’s 120,000 construction workers face daily exposure to dangerous heights, falling objects, unsafe trenches and scaffolding, and heavy machinery. Jobsite accidents and injuries are on the rise in New York, up 31% and 46%, respectively, in a recent one-year period. During that same time, worksite inspections were cut by 40%, and notices of violations fell by 6,600. That is creating unsafe conditions for NYC union workers.

Our Construction Accident Verdicts and Settlements

Injured on a NYC construction site? New York’s Labor Law makes it possible for injured construction workers to seek compensation through a third-party lawsuit. Claims can be filed against a property owner, a general contractor, a subcontractor and other parties. Under New York City construction laws, which impose automatic liability for unsafe conditions, HKD has secured size-able worker awards, including:

  • $9 million for two brothers who were struck by a cement block while working on a scaffold
  • $3 million for a demolition worker who was seriously injured when a steel beam collapsed and he fell 10 feet to the ground
  • $2.8 million for an iron worker who fell 12 feet from a ladder, injuring his back, wrist and knee
  • $2.5 million  for a demolition worker who fractured his tibia and fibula and herniated a disc after falling 15 feet
  • $2.1 million for a mechanic who fell from a ladder while repairing a broken garage door
  • $1.75 million on behalf of a construction worker struck by falling debris from 29 floors above him

This is a partial list of our construction case wins. For a complete record of HKD’s successes in representing injured construction workers, please see our pages on workplace accident verdicts and settlements and Labor Law verdicts and settlements.

NYC Construction Accidents We Handle

Despite having some of the strongest worker protections in the country, New York City construction workers face serious injury every day on the jobsite. When accidents happen, they need all the help they can get.

The lawyers at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., serve New York union workers harmed in construction accidents. With a combined 75 years of legal experience, our attorneys have the legal skills and resources to handle the most complex construction accident claims.

We’ve secured $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Lawyers in our firm are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

These are some of the types of construction accident injury cases we handle in the New York area:

  • Scaffolding accidents: New York Labor Law 240—better known as the Scaffold Law—protects workers injured on the city’s ubiquitous scaffolding. A good thing, since more than 7 out of 10 scaffolding injuries are attributed to supports giving way or workers slipping or being struck by a falling object.
  • Injuries from dangerous equipment: The tools that workers use to get the job done have the potential to cause severe injury. From handheld tools such as nail guns and saws to ladders, bulldozers, excavators, tractors and other power machines, a tool can be more like a weapon when it’s not handled safely or has a defect.
  • Forklift accidents: Forklifts injure approximately 100,000 workers and fatally injure another 100 each year. Failure to follow safety guidelines and improper training are common causes of forklift accidents.
  • Explosions and fires: Exposed wires and gas lines, heating fuel, gas-powered tools, and combustible chemicals are all common—and extremely dangerous—features of NYC constructions sites.
  • Crush injuries caused by falling debris or a heavy equipment accident.
  • Falling object accidents, including injuries from tools, wood or scrap metal dropped from heights.
  • Fatal construction accidents can be the basis for a wrongful death claim.

Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., offers construction accident resources, including information on the employer negligence page and in the construction accident Frequently Asked Questions. We believe if you been hurt in a NYC construction accident, you should know your rights, including the right to an experienced attorney.

Help For Construction Accident Victims

New York Labor Law sections 200, 240, and 241 offer legal safeguards to construction workers. Our NYC construction accident attorneys can put those laws to work for you. Make sure your interests are protected—speak with a personal injury lawyer at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. today. Call 1-800-Lawyer1 or contact us online to schedule a free case review.