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Construction Site Fall Injuries

construction workersSadly, construction site falls are such common occurrences that substantial numbers of workers and their families are forced each year to seek a NY construction accident lawyer who can help them fight for the compensation they need.

Occupational injuries of this type present a real danger to those who make their living erecting and repairing the dwellings, office buildings and infrastructure on which New York relies. The truth is that even when appropriate safety measures are taken and all rules are followed, accidents can still happen and life-altering harm sustained.

Fortunately, we at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye possess decades of experience fighting for the rights of the injured, and we want you to know that you are not alone.

Fall injuries resulting from scaffold slips and other accidents have claimed numerous lives over the years, leaving families to cope with the loss of a loved one and financial burdens that seem impossible to overcome. Even those workers who survive construction accidents of this type often must contend with lasting disability and an inability to return to work and earn a living. Our firm has dedicated its efforts to advocating on behalf of such families, and we have established a long track record of securing sizable verdicts and settlements for New York accident victims.

You may be entitled to compensation if you have been harmed by a construction site fall from a scaffold, ladder or other elevated position, and finding the right personal injury lawyer can make a real difference in your ability to obtain the resources you need to move forward. Our team has been safeguarding the rights of victims across NYC and Long Island since 1952, and we stand ready to help your family begin the process of recovery.

Common construction fall injuries in NY

Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that in 2012 alone, there were no less than 22 construction fall incidents in New York, and some of them resulted in death. The seriousness of the outcomes should not come as a surprise, considering the fact that most of these falls begin from tens or even hundreds of feet off the ground.

Construction site falls are known to produce a broad array of profound injuries that can include:

  • Contusions
  • Internal bleeding
  • Fractured bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Organ damage
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Lacerations
  • Permanent paralysis
  • Death

Safety violations and liability in construction fall cases

If you are a construction worker in New York, you have a right to perform your job under conditions that have been closely regulated for safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. federal government has developed guidelines intended to help construction professionals protect workers from falling from high elevations.

Some of these OSHA safety rules involve the use of:

  • Safety harnesses
  • Railings
  • Nets
  • Guard rails
  • Toe boards

Employers have a duty to keep construction sites free of debris posing trip hazards and to offer clear instructions and appropriate safety gear to all workers assigned to work high off the ground. Sadly, not all construction site supervisors or contractors take the appropriate steps to ensure worker safety, permitting dangerous conditions to persist, including:

  • Improperly constructed scaffolding
  • Precariously placed ladders
  • Unprotected floor openings or roof edges
  • Protruding rebar

At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we have decades of experience assessing the facts of construction site accidents and are able to determine whether employer negligence or a failure to follow applicable safety regulations caused your injury. Our comprehensive investigations regularly reveal the parties responsible for the harm workers have sustained, and who needs to be held accountable.

New York Labor Law Section 240

The so-called “scaffold law,” New York Labor Law Section 240, is intended to provide protection to workers who have been injured in a construction site fall. It often assists victims in recovering substantial financial payments for things such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of companionship and physical pain and inconvenience. This is true even if the worker is found to bear some responsibility for what happened. If he or she received insufficient training, was not given proper equipment or was subjected to conditions in violation of specific workplace regulations, the site owner and/or general contractor on the project may be found liable for losses sustained.

The New York construction accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye possess extensive experience with both federal OSHA regulations as well as the complexities of Labor Law Section 240 and will tirelessly work for every dollar of available compensation for you and your family. We know the financial and emotional devastation these types of accidents can bring, and we are committed to providing the compassionate, personalized service injured workers deserve.

Finding the right construction fall injury lawyer in NY

The complicated landscape of OHSA regulations, New York Labor Law Section 240 and workers compensation law is not something an injury victim should attempt to navigate alone. The help of a seasoned team of attorneys can prove invaluable when it comes to maximizing financial recovery. The law has afforded significant compensation to the victims of fall injuries in recent years, something that should serve as a source of optimism.

Notable outcomes in NY construction fall injury cases have included:

  • A $16 million settlement for a worker who fell over 20 feet from a scaffold during a building demolition project
  • An $8.6 million recovery for a 38-year-old worker who suffered a ladder fall
  • A $3.95 settlement for a worker who fell from a ladder only to be impaled by an uncapped section of rebar

Clearly, help does exist for victims of construction accident falls, but securing the right representation is essential.

At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we pride ourselves on providing clients with knowledgeable, experienced service marked by an unrivaled level of accessibility. We want you to know that whenever you have a question or concern about the progress of your case, a lawyer on our team is just a call or an email away. We believe it is our professional mission to provide the injured with clear, understandable explanations of their legal options and comprehensive advocacy from the initial discovery stage through to trial, should that prove necessary.

Ultimately, we seek to secure maximum compensation while also holding those responsible for dangerous construction site conditions fully accountable.

Speak to a New York or Long Island construction accident lawyer

If you and your family have suffered the trauma and disruption of a serious construction site fall injury in the five boroughs of NYC or Long Island, we want you to take comfort in the fact that help is available. Allow us to bring our years of personal injury experience to bear on your behalf so that your energies can be focused on physical, emotional and mental recovery.

To schedule a free, no obligation consultation, contact us at 1-800-469-7429.

  1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Fall Protection, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/index.html
  2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Safety and health regulations for construction, Fall Protection, https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=10757&p_table=STANDARDS
  3. United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of fatal occupational injuries summary, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm
  4. New York Daily News, Construction worker falls 10 stories off Manhattan building to his death, http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/worker-falls-10-stories-manhattan-building-death-article-1.1756512
  5. New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, Examining New York's Workplace Deaths and the Construction Industry, http://www.nycosh.org/uploads/news/id180/WMD_Report_fin2.pdf