New York Slips, Trips and Falls Lawyers for Injured Workers
Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries and deaths, accounting for nearly 25% of on-the-job fatalities in 2016 in New York State alone – and the issue is particularly prevalent in the construction industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 6.5 million people work at more than 252,000 construction sites across the country on a daily basis, and slips, trips and falls are one of the primary causes of injuries and fatalities at these job sites.
When a slipping, tripping or falling accident is the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of a construction company, general contractor, construction site supervisor or other party, the injured worker may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.
Block O’Toole & Murphy is a premier New York personal injury law firm with an outstanding record of results. Our attorneys have obtained more than 300 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million dollars* each for injured individuals throughout the state. Providing aggressive advocacy and personalized attention, we are here to ensure that you get the justice you deserve.
Select results for clients injured as a result of slips, trips, and falls at work include:
- $3,125,000 recovery in a Brooklyn case for a hotel employee who slipped on debris while inspecting vacant guest rooms
- $3,000,000 settlement for a union carpenter who tripped on wires at a Manhattan construction site
- $2,650,000 settlement in a Supreme Court, New York County case for an electrician who tripped and fell on a shallow depression in one of the stairway’s landings
Since 2012, no other law firm in New York has attained more case results exceeding $1,000,000 than Block O’Toole & Murphy. Our attorneys are experienced in litigating accident lawsuits in a variety of practice areas, including workplace slips, trips, and falls. To speak with an attorney about your legal rights, please call 212-736-5300 or fill out our Contact Form .
Tripping Accidents Are a Leading Cause of Injuries Among Construction Workers
New York construction law requires that all employers provide their workers with a safe construction site free of tripping hazards. Unfortunately, tripping accidents are still one of the leading causes of injuries for construction workers.
Construction workers often carry heavy objects and work on dangerous equipment. Failing to rid construction sites of debris, ice, grease, and other tripping hazards can increase the chance of serious, life-threatening injuries. Many tripping accidents on construction sites stem from:
- Slipping on grease, oil and similar liquids
- Slipping on ice
- Tripping on debris left around by other construction workers
- Tripping down stairways
- Tripping over wires, tools and other construction site equipment
Preventing Slip-and-Fall and Trip-and-Fall Accidents on Construction Sites
OSHA states that “using guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems can prevent many deaths and injuries from falls.” Here are a few of OSHA’s safety recommendations and standards for preventing slips, trips and falls on unsafe floors:
- Keep stairways and walkways free of debris and dangerous materials.
- Immediately correct slippery conditions on stairways and walkways.
- Ensure that treads cover the entire step and landing.
- Have a minimum of one handrail on a stairway with four or more risers or one rising more than 30 inches.
- To protect construction workers near the edges of roofs, erect guardrails with toeboards and warning lines or install control line systems.
- Cover all floor holes.
- Use safety net systems or fall arrest systems such as body harnesses.
Slipping and tripping accidents on construction sites can lead to a variety of injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain damage. These injuries may lead to costly medical bills, time away from work that amounts to lost wages, and a severe drop in a victim’s quality of life. However, these damages may be compensated for by pursuing an injury lawsuit.
It is the responsibility of the owners of a property or construction site to ensure that the people working on the premises are reasonably safe from harm. If these individuals fail to perform their duty of care to workers and passersby, the resulting injuries may be considered their responsibility. This is known as negligence in construction accident lawsuits. An experienced New York injury lawyer can review the applicable safety regulations and investigate the construction site to determine if a trip or slip and fall injury should have been prevented.
Contact Our Attorneys for Workplace Falls in New York
Were you injured or was a loved one killed by a negligence-related slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident in New York? If so, do not hesitate to schedule a FREE consultation with Block O’Toole & Murphy today. Call us at 212-736-5300.
Our New York construction accident attorneys have years of experience handling claims from injured workers and may be able to recover damages for your work site injuries. We serve all New York, including Westchester County, Putnam County, Albany, Buffalo, Long Island, and New York City.
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*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.