Construction Accidents

FARELLA MASCOLO is proud to represent the construction workers who labor tirelessly to build the great City that we live and work in. Unfortunately, many property owners and contractors fail to maintain safe job-sites for our City’s construction workers. As such, it’s no surprise that countless workers from all trades are injured every year on construction sites. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling construction accident cases on all kinds of job sites ranging from a renovation of a small commercial premises to the construction of a large New York City skyscraper. Our lawyers have the skill and expertise to get a seriously injured construction worker the compensation he or she deserves, which includes future lost earnings for those who cannot return to work.

It is critical that a construction worker injured on the job seeks legal advice immediately following the incident. While a worker may not be familiar with the “ins and outs” of lawsuits, property owners and contractors usually have lawyers on staff who can take steps to obstruct an injured worker’s case before they are represented by counsel. Once represented by counsel, the lawyers for the property owner and contractor can no longer contact the injured worker directly, which is why it is critical to seek representation immediately.

The New York State Labor Law protects construction workers and covers many kinds of job-site accidents. Among the most common construction accidents are falls from heights as a result of inadequate safety devices and/or lack of proper fall protection. If you were injured as a result of a gravity-related risk (whether it be a fall from a ladder, a fall from a scaffold, a fall from an elevated work area in general or from a falling object), you may be protected under Labor Law Section 240(1), which renders property owners and general contractors strictly liable for your injuries under most circumstances.

Aside from falls from heights, many workers are injured on construction sites due to tripping hazards, slipping hazards, unsafe equipment/tools, improperly stored material/debris, improper demolition practices, improper construction practices in general, etc…
Under these circumstances, you may be protected under Labor Law Section 241(6), which requires a violation of a provision of the New York State Industrial Code. Fortunately, the Industrial Code is expansive enough to cover many common job-site hazards, which are preventable with proper construction safety practices.

Lastly, one of the most important aspects of an injured worker’s life following a serious on-the-job accident are his or her Workers’ Compensation benefits. FARELLA MASCOLO works directly with lawyers that specialize only in the Workers’ Compensation Law to ensure that medical bills are paid and that workers are compensated for the time they miss from work as a result of their injuries. It is imperative to have skilled lawyers protecting your Workers’ Compensation benefits as they are often cut off without good reason, which can leave an injured worker with no income and no way of supporting his or her family.

If you, a loved one or a member of your community has been injured as a result of a construction accident, please do not hesitate to call FARELLA MASCOLO PLLC at 212-287-1277 for a free consultation.

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