New York Construction Accident Attorney
Construction is a serious and dangerous occupation. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 6.5 million Americans work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than for all other industries. Given the nature of the construction industry, it is imperative that you hire a New York construction accident attorney to protect your legal rights if you were involved in an accident.
Since 1971, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm have been protecting the rights and interests of New York construction workers who have been injured on the job and have been helping them get the full financial compensation that they deserve. Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for an undocumented worker (“illegal alien”) who fell from a height while he worked at a construction site and suffered major injuries, including a crushed leg.
Accidents at Construction Sites
Strict safety rules apply to construction trades throughout the state of New York. Under New York Labor Law statutes, the owner of the construction site, its agents and its contractors may be liable for any injuries incurred by workers onsite. The construction workers may file for workers’ compensation, damages for personal injuries or both depending on the specific facts of their case. Some of the most common construction accidents that may result in injuries include:
- Falls from heights or objects falling on you from a height
- Use of defective machinery
- Use defective or unsafe tools
- Exposed power lines
- Faulty scaffolding or other supports
- Lack of guardrails or nets
- Building collapses
- Crane accidents
- Nail gun accidents (we recovered $795,000 for a victim of a nail gun accident)
- Compressed gas accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents
- Lack of harness or faulty harness, etc.
- Welding accidents
- Unsafe practices
- Accidents due to poor supervision and poor coordination, etc.
Regardless of what caused your construction accident, our New York construction accident attorneys are ready to work hard to get you the fair compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered.
New York Labor Laws
Unlike the majority of other states, construction workers who are injured during the course of their employment have a legal recourse in addition to filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Under the following sections of the New York Labor Law statutes, injured construction workers may be able to pursue compensation against negligent property owners, general contractors, etc.
- Section 200: Under this section, general contractors and property site owners are obligated to use reasonable care in properly maintaining a work site. If a hazardous condition that they should have reasonably been aware of causes an accident, they may be held liable for any ensuing injuries.
- Section 240: Under this section, injured construction workers can hold property owners or general contractors strictly liable for any injuries they suffered as a result of inadequate or missing safety equipment that must be provided for work sites at elevated conditions, such as scaffolds. This law is great for injured workers.
- Section 241(6): Under this section, general contractors and site owners are obligated to comply with all provisions of the New York State Industrial Code.
Contact Our New York Construction Accident Attorneys For a Free, No Obligation Consultation
We can even come to you and there is no attorneys fees unless we recover money for you.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, the experienced New York construction accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us toll free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800 WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida.
If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case. Other toll free phone numbers for us include: 1-800-RADIO-LAW, 1-888-WYPADEK, or 1-800-LAS-LEYES. Please visit us at www.Work4YouLaw.com.
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