NYC Construction Accident Lawyers on Your Side

The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have one of the best records in litigating construction accident lawsuits, including 3 of the Top 5 Construction Settlements in all of New York State in 2016, as published by the New York Law Journal.

Select results for clients harmed in construction accidents include:

If you've been hurt in a construction accident in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, or anywhere else in New York State, please call 212-736-5300 or fill out our contact form for a FREE legal consultation.

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. Because the majority of construction in New York occurs in cities and other areas that pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists frequent, passersby can also be seriously hurt in construction accidents.

That's why our lawyers have devoted their careers to fighting for the rights of those hurt by another party's negligence. Over the years, we've represented numerous clients who were injured in construction accidents. With over 100 construction injury case results that exceed $1,000,000 each, the Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy has a track record of getting workers and other victims the compensation they deserve.

Liability in Construction Injury Lawsuits

One of the first questions following a construction site accident is who is at fault. This is called liability, an important aspect in any injury 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, call 212-736-5300 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Construction Work Hazards

Known as the "Fatal Four", the most common construction work dangers are:

  • Falls
    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.
  • Caught-in/between
    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.
  • Electrocution
    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 attorney. Understand your legal options today.

Construction Site Workplace Injuries

Serious injuries from construction sites can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Death
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Brain Damage
  • Paralysis and Other Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amputation
  • Crush Injuries
  • Internal Injuries
  • Burns
  • 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, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and all of New York State.

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Top Case Results for Injured Workers

At Block O'Toole & Murphy, we will not rest until our clients recover every last dollar they are entitled to under the law. Since 2012, no other law firm has recovered more case results exceeding $1,000,000 than Block O'Toole & Murphy.

Our construction accident verdicts and settlements include:

  • $110,174,972 jury verdict for a cyclist who sustained serious injuries, including paralysis, after he was hit by a falling object at a Brooklyn renovation site
  • $15,000,000 settlement for the family of an HVAC technician who was killed in an on-the-job accident at a hospital
  • $12,000,000 settlement for a tunnel worker hurt during the number 7 train subway extension project in Manhattan
  • $11,500,000 settlement for a construction worker who suffered a severe wrist injury after a defective saw accident in the Bronx
  • $11,000,000 settlement for a worker who suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and spine after falling three stories during a new construction project in Brooklyn
  • $10,875,000 settlement for a worker who fell from the rooftop of the building in Brooklyn
  • $7,400,000 recovery for a sheet worker injured while working on a HVAC unit at a Brooklyn store undergoing renovation
  • $7,300,000 settlement for a laborer who sustained an arm amputation while performing steel demolition
  • $7,000,000 award for a carpenter who was struck in the face by a metal clamp in Astoria, Queens
  • $6,800,000 jury verdict for union worker who was injured during an accident at a water treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
  • $6,400,000 settlement for ironworker who fell approximately 30 feet during a construction project in the Bronx
  • $6,250,000 settlement in Putnam County case for a worker hurt during a new home construction project
  • $6,000,000 settlement for worker who fell off an exterior scaffold
  • $5,900,000 settlement for Bronx worker with fractures, nerve, and spinal injuries after a ladder fall
  • $5,885,000 jury verdict for non-union worker who fell while painting a ceiling beam during a Queens construction project
  • $5,500,000 settlement in Nassau County case for worker struck by machinery
  • $5,500,000 settlement for worker with head injuries and fractures after a construction accident in East Williamsburg
  • $5,030,572 jury verdict for construction laborer who fell approximately 25 feet when the scaffold tipped over
  • $5,000,000 jury verdict in Brooklyn case for carpenter who suffered head, ear, neck, shoulder, and lower back injuries after construction accident
  • $5,000,000 jury verdict for worker with ankle, foot, and back injuries after falling 12 feet to the ground during a warehouse renovation project

Visit our Construction Accident Verdicts & Settlements page to learn more.

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