New York Work Accident Attorneys

Legal Help for On-the-Job Accidents

If you were hurt in a workplace accident, the attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy understand how devastating a serious injury can have on your life, finances, and livelihood. We have successfully represented numerous laborers in New York who were injured as a result of another party's negligence. To date, we've recovered over 90 work injury verdicts and settlements exceeding $1,000,000 each.

Notable results* include:

  • $12,000,000 settlement for a worker who fell approximately 40 feet at a Manhattan construction site and was rendered permanently disabled from employment as a result of his injuries
  • $10,875,000 recovery for a Brooklyn worker who suffered internal injuries after a serious on-the-job accident
  • $7,400,000 settlement for a worker who required lumbar fusion surgery, arthroscopic surgeries, and other procedures after he was hurt in a work accident
  • $7,300,000 settlement for a 56-year-old worker who would require lifelong medical care after a steel beam landed on top of him at a construction site
  • $7,000,000 recovery in a Supreme Queens case for a worker who was struck by a falling object while he was dismantling a scaffold in Astoria, Queens

Legally, injured workers may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits and/or additional compensation via a third party personal injury lawsuit. There are Labor Laws in New York that protect workers when third parties are negligent in ensuring on-the-job safety. Our attorneys handle various types of work-related personal injury cases, including those involving:

  • Slip/trip and fall
  • Auto accidents
  • Ceiling or wall collapses
  • Construction accidents
  • Falls from heights (ladders, scaffolding, roofs, etc.)
  • Heavy machinery accidents (cranes, forklifts, etc.)
  • Struck by falling objects or debris

On-the-job injuries can be very serious. A work accident can result in concussions, broken bones, spinal injuries, brain damage, crush injuries, and even death. That's why injured workers need an experienced accident lawyer to help them recover compensation for medical coverage, lost wages, and more.

Causes of Work Accidents

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 272 fatal occupational injuries in New York State in 2016 alone. Of the total worker deaths, the data shows:

  • 31% died in transportation-related incidents
  • 24% died in falls, slips, and trips
  • 17% died from violent injuries caused by people or animals
  • 15% died from contact with objects or equipment
  • 11% died from exposure to harmful substances or environments

Thousands more are seriously injured as a result of workplace accidents. In particular, workers in the construction industry face some of the biggest occupational hazards. In New York State, 71 construction workers were tragically killed on the job in 2016 alone.

New York Labor Laws protect workers when they've been harmed as a result of another party's negligence. The legal system surrounding work accidents is complex and may depend on the location, circumstance, or even the industry. For instance, in the building industry, Labor Law Sections 200, 240, and 241 cover accidents that occur with scaffolding, excavation, heavy machinery, demolition, and other construction work.

In 2016 alone, Block O'Toole & Murphy achieved 4 of the 5 Highest Settlements in all of New York State for accident victims. Year after year, our attorneys achieve more results exceeding $1,000,000 than any other law firm in New York. Our work injury lawyers offer FREE consultations. Please call 212-736-5300 or fill out our Contact Form to speak with a qualified attorney about your case.

Strong Advocates for Worker Rights in New York

Our attorneys are fierce advocates for worker rights. Many of them are active participants of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) Labor Law Committee, a group that fights for laws that promote worker safety. Partner Daniel O'Toole is the Co-Chairman of the group.

In addition to work accident litigation and advocacy, a number of our lawyers are thought leaders in New York Labor Law and have been quoted in New York Times, New York Post, New York Law Journal, Crain's New York, Newsday, and other news outlets. Our partners also participate in speaking engagements about worker rights and publish articles on the particulars of labor laws in New York. Select published works include:

  • Labor Law Symposium, Bill of Particulars.
  • A Look Back At Runner v. New York Stock Exchange: What Did It Mean For Labor Law Section 240?, Bill of Particulars.
  • Still Debating What 'Falls' Within Labor Law Section 240(1), New York Law Journal.
  • Court of Appeals Refuses to Limit Scope of Labor Law Section 240(1), New York Law Journal.
  • Recent Section 240(1) Decisions Offer Guidance, New York Law Journal.
  • Can Injured, Undocumented Construction Workers Recover Lost Wages?, New York Law Journal.

Staying up-to-date on the latest legislative changes in New York is crucial when handling important legal cases, and our team is recognized by other lawyers for their preparation and expertise in work injury litigation. A number of our partners are often called upon by other law firms to serve as trial counsel on their most significant cases.

Top Verdicts and Settlements in Work Injury Lawsuits

We believe that every laborer has the right to a safe workplace and our attorneys are extremely dedicated to our clients. We limit the number of cases we take so that we can provide every client with the best legal representation. Our results speak for themselves.

Select verdicts and settlements* for clients harmed in work accidents include:

  • $12,000,000 settlement for a Manhattan worker who fell during the number 7 subway extension project and suffered serious injuries, including blindness in one eye
  • $10,875,000 settlement for a worker who required multiple surgeries after he fell at a construction site in Brooklyn, New York
  • $7,400,000 recovery for a worker who lost his balance and fell from a beam during a Brooklyn construction project
  • $7,300,000 settlement for a 56-year-old worker who had to sustain a below-the-elbow amputation of his right arm after a serious work accident
  • $7,000,000 settlement in a Queens case for a 25-year-old carpenter who was hit by an object that fell from above
  • $6,793,881 jury verdict for a worker with severe injuries after an on-the-job fall in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
  • $6,400,000 settlement for an ironworker who fell approximately 30 feet at a Bronx work site and sustained bulging discs and multiple fractures
  • $6,250,000 settlement despite a $2,000,000 insurance limit in a Putnam County case for a worker who suffered a cervical fracture leading to complete quadriplegia
  • $6,000,000 settlement for a waterproofer who fell through a gap in a scaffold during a Brooklyn construction project
  • $5,900,000 settlement in a Bronx case for a 46-year-old man with post-concussion syndrome and spinal injuries after he fell off a ladder
  • $5,885,000 jury verdict in a Supreme Queens case for a 35-year-old undocumented worker with wrist and spinal injuries after falling on the job
  • $5,500,000 settlement in a Long Island case for an excavation worker who was struck by heavy machinery
  • $5,500,000 recovery for a delivery worker who was hurt in a freight elevator accident at a commercial Manhattan building
  • $5,500,000 settlement for an electrician who suffered a head injury after he fell 14 to 16 feet from an extension ladder
  • $5,000,000 verdict for a carpenter who required multiple surgeries after he fell off a scaffold during a renovation project in Brooklyn
  • $4,995,000 settlement in a Supreme Bronx case for a 37-year-old worker injured in a floor collapse
  • $4,900,000 settlement for an electrician who developed CRPS/RSD after a work accident in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
  • $4,750,000 settlement for a foreman at a Bronx construction site who was hit by a flying rock and suffered shoulder tears, bulging discs, and other serious injuries
  • $4,650,000 settlement for worker who fell on the job at a Queens warehouse and sustained fractured ribs and spinal injuries
  • $4,475,000 settlement in a wrongful death case for children of a worker tragically killed in an on-the-job accident in the West Village
  • $4,000,000 settlement for Long Island worker who sustained a serious back injury after falling from the roof on the job
  • $4,000,000 settlement for elevator erector hurt at a Midtown East hotel project and suffered multiple injuries, including lateral meniscus tear and chondromalacia to his left knee
  • $4,000,000 settlement for a 32-year-old man injured while working in a Bronx hospital
  • $3,750,000 recovery for a laborer who suffered multiple fractures after a work accident in the Bronx
  • $3,750,000 settlement for violations against New York Labor Law sections 240(1) and 241(6) after a worker fell from an unsecured ladder
  • $3,720,000 settlement for commercial glass installation worker who suffered ankle and foot injuries, including a severe calcaneus fracture
  • $3,700,000 settlement for a 33-year-old worker who fell from an elevated scaffold in Brownsville, Brooklyn
  • $3,500,000 settlement for a 48-year-old plumber's helper who sustained a head injury after a workplace accident in Lower Manhattan
  • $3,500,000 settlement for a New York City Transit Authority bus driver who was injured when the bus was rear-ended by another vehicle

To learn more about our results, visit the Verdicts and Settlements portion of our website.

Contact a Work Injury Attorney Today

Our team is committed to providing the highest quality legal service. We serve all New York State, including the following areas:

  • New York City
  • Long Island
  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • New Rochelle
  • Yonkers
  • Rochester
  • Syracuse
  • Mount Vernon
  • White Plains

To receive a free case review from a qualified attorney, simply call 212-736-5300 or fill out our Contact Form.

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*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.