Injured on a Construction Site?

Construction Accidents

Working at a construction site comes with significant risk. Workers face daily risks working in high places, around heavy construction equipment and machinery, exposure to toxic chemicals, and other hazards. Injuries can be devastating, including broken bones, amputations, burns, and more. Severe accidents could even result in death.

If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a construction accident and want to seek compensation, you need a construction accident attorney who has experience with complex personal injury cases in New York.

A construction accident may relate back to any number of issues:

  • Ladder accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Injury from falling objects
  • Crane and forklift accidents or collapse
  • Lack of safety equipment provided by employer
  • Improper safety practices of employer
  • Burns, electrocution, or explosion-related injury

Many workers assume their injuries are covered under workers’ compensation laws, but a third party may also be liable for your injuries. If your employer failed to provide proper safety equipment or follow proper safety practices or equipment used at the construction site did not meet standards, you may be eligible for additional compensation.

If you have been injured in a scaffold fall, a ladder fall, a chemical leak, explosion or any other construction accident in New York, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the general contractor, site owner or other third party, in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits you may be receiving.

New York Construction Accident Law

The law in New York State protects workers on construction sites. In many cases, the Labor Law places strict liability on the general contractor and site owner. That means that construction project owners, landlords, general contractors and their agents are considered absolutely at fault for construction accidents caused by safety violations.

  • In general, all contractors and owners and their agents, except owners of one and two-family dwellings shall, in the erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building furnish or erect scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which are constructed, placed or operated in order to give proper protection to workers.

  • Contractors and owners have a duty to all persons working in and upon the building and premises to construct, equip, arrange, operate and conduct the work in such a manner so as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed or lawfully frequenting such places, and to place, operate, guard and light all machinery, equipment and devices so as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to all such persons.

  • Contractors and owners must also comply with all the rules contained in the New York State Industrial Code such as keeping the workplace clean and free of debris and keeping all safety devices in sound operating condition.

Contact an experienced construction accident attorney at the Law Office of Michael Tawil, P.C., for a free consultation today. Call 914-281-1618 to start discussing your case with a qualified construction accident attorney in New York.

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