Here's the bottom line: you need an experienced New York personal injury attorney to give yourself the best shot at getting the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
At Block O'Toole & Murphy, we know how damaging construction accidents can be for workers and their families. Because of the nature of construction work, accidents can leave laborers temporarily or permanently disabled, seriously impacting their health, well-being, and livelihoods. If you and your family have suffered as a result of an injury on the job, learn your legal rights today from a top-rated injury attorney at Block O'Toole & Murphy.
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Liability In Construction Injury Lawsuits
One of the first questions following a construction accident is who is at fault. This is called liability, an important aspect in any accident lawsuit. While liability is not a factor in filing for workers compensation, it is essential for workers looking to recover additional compensation for damages.
Workers are provided with certain legal protections under New York State law, specifically Labor Law Sections 200, 240, and 241, which cover machinery, scaffolding, demolition, excavation, and other construction work. Proving liability and determining the right compensation for the injured worker can be very complex. Multiple parties can be held liable for the accident, including the contractor, subcontractor, construction site owner, engineers, equipment manufacturer, or other party involved in the construction project. Construction site owners also hold several types of insurance.
When filing a construction accident lawsuit, it's important to work with an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of New York labor laws and the complexities of the construction industry, as it ultimately impacts how much you may receive for your injuries.
If you have been involved in a construction accident and have further questions about liability, workers' compensation, or filing an accident lawsuit, fill out our contact form or call 212-736-5300 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
With nearly 80 construction accident case results that exceed $1,000,000 each, Block O'Toole & Murphy has a track record of getting injured workers the compensation they deserve. In 2016, the firm attained 3 of the 5 highest construction settlements in all of New York State.
Some other noteworthy results include:
- $10,875,000 settlement for a worker who fell from the rooftop of the building
- $7,400,000 settlement for a sheet worker injured while working on a HVAC unit
- $7,300,000 settlement for a laborer who sustained an arm amputation
- $7,000,000 settlement for a carpenter who was struck in the face by a metal clamp
- $6,793,881 verdict for a laborer with penetrating wounds after a water treatment plant accident
- $6,400,000 settlement for an ironworker hurt while trying to remove a steel awning
- $6,250,000 settlement for a framer who fell while attempting to install floor joists
- $6,000,000 settlement for a waterproofer who fell from an exterior scaffold while performing caulking work
Visit our Construction Accident Verdicts & Settlements page to learn more.
Construction Work Hazards
Known as the "Fatal Four," the most common construction work dangers are:
The most frequent hazard in construction work, falls, account for 59% of construction-related occupational deaths in New York City in 2015. Workers can fall from ladders, roofs, and scaffolding or through temporary flooring, which is why proper safety procedures must be strictly adhered to. Employers need to provide fall protection for workers and ensure proper equipment condition and use.
Workers can be caved in trenches or caught between heavy machinery such as cranes or forklifts. Proper protocol must be followed when handling machinery or when undergoing excavation work.
Electrical accidents can result in dangerous site explosions, fires, and blasts. Employees may also be electrocuted or shocked when exposed to power lines and other types of energized sources. Depending on the voltage and severity of the accident, a worker's injuries can potentially be life-threatening.
- Struck by Object
When a worker is struck by an object, whether the object is a flying rock from a construction site blast or a falling piece of debris from above, the accident can have serious long-term effects. The speed and weight in which a falling, flying, swinging, or rolling object strikes a worker can result in catastrophic and lifelong injuries or death.
Altogether, the Fatal Four is responsible for 87.1% of construction-related deaths in New York City from 2011 to 2015. Construction accidents are serious. Tragically, a large number of construction worker deaths and injuries are preventable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets safety guidelines for building contractors and subcontractors to follow that will ensure workplace safety for construction laborers. In 2014, 87% of the construction fatality sites inspected by OSHA violated safety guidelines. In 2015, that statistic jumped to over 90%.
If you were injured on the job, please call 212-736-5300 for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. Understand your legal options today.
Construction Site Workplace Injuries
Serious injuries from construction sites can include but are not limited to the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Brain Damage
- Paralysis and Other Spinal Cord Injury
- Crush Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Blindness or Hearing Loss
- Broken Bones
- Skin Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Joint Damage
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The insurance company is already looking for ways to avoid compensating you. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure safe working conditions. Put an experienced lawyer on your side to protect your rights and get help now for your work injuries.
Call 212-736-5300 anytime for a free consultation with a proven injury lawyer at Block O'Toole & Murphy. Serving Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and all of New York State.