Long Island Construction Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured on a construction site in Suffolk or Nassau counties, or any of the five boroughs in NYC, you have questions only a seasoned construction accident lawyer can answer: Will workers’ comp cover all the costs that come with my injury? How do I hold responsible parties liable for an accident that wasn’t my fault?
You may find yourself suddenly burdened with medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and in some cases even a permanent disability. The Long Island personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye offer free legal consultation to workers who have been injured in construction accidents.
Not only can we ensure that you get the maximum amount owed to you from workers’ compensation, but our team of industry experts can examine the details of your case to determine what third parties—from contractors to landowners to equipment suppliers—may be responsible for the accident that caused your injury.
If you are the victim of someone else’s negligent actions or failure to meet safety regulations, the laws of New York State are there to protect you. To learn more about your legal rights, talk to a NY construction accident attorney at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. We are a contingency fee law firm, which means we don’t charge you a dime unless we win your case.
EKJ Law construction accident settlements & verdicts
The attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have decades of success in securing jury verdicts and settlements for our clients who were injured on NYC & Long Island construction sites.
Our attorneys have secured the following construction accident settlements & verdicts for our clients:
- $7,500,000 structured settlement (Suffolk County): Unsafe workplace. Worker fell off ladder, multiple fractures, multiple surgeries, traumatic brain injury.
- $3,000,000 verdict (Bronx County): Workplace Accident/Premises liability. Fractures, surgery, severe PTSD.
- $612,500 settlement (Nassau County): Workplace accident, head injury.
- $1,400,000 verdict (Queens County): Unsafe Workplace, electrocution death.
Construction accidents in NY & Long Island
According to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, one out of every 5 workplace deaths each year involves a construction worker. On average, nearly 1,000 construction workers die from workplace injuries every year in the United States. In 2012, there were 75 work-related fatalities in New York City.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction site deaths in the metro area, including Long Island, leaped up between 2010 and 2011 from 28 to 40. The number of jobsite accidents in New York City jumped 31% from 119 to 157 from fiscal 2011 to 2012, while the number of injuries rose 46% from 128 to 187, city records show.
Where does liability for these accidents lie? Are workers protected in the event of a possibly life-changing construction accident?
Types of construction accidents
Some of the most prevalent kinds of construction site injuries occur as a result of:
- Falls – The most common type of construction accident in NY. In 2010, falls accounted for 42 percent of all construction accidents reported to the New York City Department of Buildings. Falls are also the most unforgiving. Of the 75 fatal work injuries in NY in 2012, 26 of those were a result of falls.
- Negligence – Injuries caused by defective equipment or tools, failure to provide proper safety signage and safety equipment, and exposure to toxic or dangerous materials (explosives, acids, flammable materials) may be attributed to a poorly managed and maintained work site. Electrical burns or electrocution can occur when a worker comes into contact with poorly marked power lines.
- Machinery and Equipment – Heavy construction equipment and machinery require utmost care in their operation. Large machinery like cranes, tractors, earth movers, and forklifts can cause devastating damage when not operated properly or when they are operated by a poorly trained worker. Smaller power tools like drills, jackhammers, nail guns, and electric saws are also common causes of construction accidents.
- Road and Infrastructure construction and repair – The construction of roads & bridges, and the repair of existing infrastructure put workers at daily risk both from heavy onsite equipment and from the hazards of working near moving traffic. Road injuries are often serious because of the dangerous nature of the work environment.
Types of construction site Injuries
Construction accident injuries may include:
- Eye Injuries
- Knee & Ankle Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries including partial or total paralysis
- Toxic exposure
- Brain injuries
If you’ve suffered from any of these or other injuries due to a construction accident on Long Island–or in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, or the Bronx–Edelman, Krasin & Jaye will fight for the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.
Injured workers can file a personal injury lawsuit in NY
Workers who are hurt on the job often don’t realize that New York labor laws are on their side. Additionally, injured workers are eligible in many instances to bring a personal injury lawsuit against third parties whose negligent actions and/or omissions contributed to an accident.
When a worker is injured, he or she is covered by workers’ compensation. But that may not be enough to cover the severe injuries that occur at construction sites. Construction sites are generally occupied by numerous employers (contractors and subcontractors) at a time. Sometimes, one of these third parties will be responsible for an injury to a non-employee who is working for someone else on the site.
An injured worker may sue one of these third-party contractors for dangerous conditions that:
- Caused the worker’s injury, and,
- That the third-party had control of and knew or should have known was dangerous.
Undocumented workers can also file construction accident lawsuits in New York. Even if you were not working here legally when your accident happened, you should still contact an attorney to discuss your claim. Bringing a civil lawsuit will not affect your ability to stay in the country.
Edelman, Krasin & Jaye offer free consultations to any worker who has been injured in construction accident in Nassau or Suffolk County. These cases are complex and require the kind of experience and resources that only an established firm like ours can offer.
Long Island premises liability attorneys protect passersby
Passersby near a construction site are also at risk from toxic material exposure, falling objects, injuries from equipment being moved, slips and falls, and other causes.
The property owner is responsible for ensuring the safety of passersby at or near a construction site. The well-publicized recent crane accidents in New York City highlighted the catastrophic and sometimes fatal consequences of unsafe crane operation and defective equipment for workers and passersby alike.
If you are a passerby and have sustained an injury caused by negligence at a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact one of the veteran Long Island premises liability attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye to discuss your legal options.
Talk to a New York construction accident attorney
At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, your success is our success. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your options for filing a construction accident lawsuit on Long Island, Manhattan, and throughout the New York boroughs. All case reviews are free of charge. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. If you are unable to travel because of your injury, we will come to you.
Call us toll free at 800-469-7429 for more information.
- Fatal Work Injuries in New York City – 2012; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/ro2/cfoi9660.htm
- Buildings Commisioner Robert LiMadri announces New Safety Campaign ; NYC Buildings (Dept of Buildings website)http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/news/pr_new_safety_campaign.shtml
- Safety Nets in City Skies Protect Workers and Pasersby But not always NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/25/nyregion/25netting.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
- New York Labor Law: Construction Practice Blueprint http://www.willis.com/documents/publications/Industries/construction/
- Identifying the Root Causes of Construction Accidents http://faculty.kfupm.edu.sa/cem/jannadi/identifying-root-causes-of-constuction-accident.pdf
- One Killed and Four Hurt in Crane Accident; New York Times; http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/nyregion/one-killed-and-four-hurt-in-crane-collapse-on-west-side.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0