Every day, workers face dangers while working around and on scaffolding, climbing ladders, handling power tools, trenches, forklifts, power conveyors, cranes and other dangerous equipment. Even with state and federally mandated safety rules in place, accidents frequently cause serious injury and death.
When faulty scaffolding collapses, a worker can suffer broken bones, back injuries, brain injuries that may cause paralysis, and other serious injuries. When ladders are unsecured or collapse, a healthy worker’s life can change forever. Explosions, tool malfunctions, cave-ins and accidents during demolition operations can lead to disfigurement, long-term medical conditions that require extensive treatment, or permanent disability that leaves a worker bed-ridden for life.
Any accident case should be investigated by an attorney knowledgeable about the industry. At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we have extensive knowledge and experience in all types of accidents, as well as with New York State labor law.
In New York City in 2012, workers had the second highest number of workplace fatalities after the trade, transportation, and utilities sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The leading causes of worker deaths were falls, slips and trips, followed by contact with (being hit by or slammed into) objects and equipment.
Across New York State in 2012, there were 9,100 nonfatal workplace injuries in the construction industry, with 5,200 of these resulting in days away from work. In 400 cases, the worker had to accept a job transfer or restricted duty upon return to work because of a disabling condition.
Those who work in the construction industry in New York are protected from dangerous or unsafe working conditions under New York Labor Law sections 200, 240 and 241. For example, New York Labor Law section 240 provides special protection for workers who have fallen victim to what are termed “gravity-related mishaps.” These are cases in which a fall occurs through an unguarded floor opening, ladder or scaffolding. It can also be applied in cases in which a worker is injured by falling debris, tools or other items.
Our team can evaluate your case to determine how to proceed in seeking compensation for the injuries and other damages you have suffered. Some of the different cases we can handle include:
In most cases, an accident that occurred in connection with the performance of their job duties will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The family of a worker who dies in a job-related site accident is also likely to qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits. What some injured workers and surviving family members don’t realize is that others parties may also have contributed to the accident and be liable for their injuries and other losses.
Workers’ compensation rules prohibit employees from suing their employers for any role they may have had in an occupational accident. But others who are not an injured worker’s employer may be held liable if their negligence caused or contributed to an accident.
Such “third-party” lawsuits may seek damages from:
While workers’ compensation pays medical expenses and a portion of lost income, a third-party lawsuit may also seek compensation for:
Help for Victims
Those who have suffered a serious injury in the workplace, or the close family members of those who have lost their lives, have the right to seek compensation for damages through a civil claim against liable parties who are not their employer, in many cases. We can investigate your specific case and advise you what legal action can be taken on your behalf.
The attorneys at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., serve individuals and families who have suffered physical and emotional trauma in. If you have been injured on a job site, we strongly encourage you to contact a New York construction accident lawyer at our firm as soon as possible to begin building a strong case to obtain the compensation you deserve.
We are available to discuss your case 24/7.