Construction Accidents Involving Pedestrians Hit By Falling Debris Rise in New York City

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construction Pedestrians getting hit by construction debris may sound “freakish” or rare to the public. But, a report in The Wall Street Journal states that it occurs more often than we realize. In fact, at least once a month on average, a passerby is injured near a New York City construction site by objects ranging from falling bricks, hammers and glass to windblown fences and collapsing sidewalk sheds.

How Often Does It Happen?
According to statistics released by the New York City Department of Buildings, from 2008 through 2014, there were 96 construction accidents involving pedestrians and other passersby in the city resulting in 155 injuries. More than 75 percent of these accidents occurred in Manhattan. The Journal also documented four drivers or passengers in vehicles getting injured by falling construction debris. Last year, 18 construction accidents involving pedestrians were reported, the most of any year since 2008. Also, in 2014, 22 people were injured making that statistic the third-highest annual total on record.
Responsibility of Construction Companies
There is no question that construction companies and on-site construction managers are responsible for ensuring site safety – not just for their own employees and contractors, but also for pedestrians and passersby. A city building code revision in 2014 stated that construction fences should be built to withstand 80-mph winds. There is absolutely no excuse for construction professionals to not follow the standards spelled out. When passersby or pedestrians are struck by debris, construction companies and managers can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused.
Compensation for Victims
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, disability, past and future pain and suffering, etc. In cases where a person is fatally injured, the family of the deceased victim can seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a falling debris accident or a construction site accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm recovered $3,375,576 for a construction worker (an undocumented immigrant) who was injured on the job – one of the highest construction case settlements in New York that year.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal

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