Construction Accidents

construction workers wearing hardhats reviewing drawings on job site
In a city with nearly a million buildings, safety requirements must be followed to ensure adequate protection for all construction workers.

If you’ve been hurt, call us today to preserve your rights to compensation.

Some of our construction accident results:

$9,876,000

Steamfitter suffers back, ankle and shoulder injuries in fall from ladder at construction site.

$2,600,000

Painter injures neck and foot in fall from scaffold.

$1,900,000

A mechanic installing a security camera fell off ladder and suffered severe knee injury.

$1,500,000

Building superintendent injures back while walking on construction plank.

$1,250,000

Laborer suffers back and knee injuries in fall while working at construction of Time-Warner Center.

$1,200,000

A roofer fell from a roof at a construction site and suffered a back injury.

$1,126,000

A bridge painter, in a fall from a ladder while at work, suffered a tendon tear in his ankle.

$1,000,000

An electrician working from a ladder in a parking garage suffered a back injury when the ladder was hit by vehicle operated by a parking attendant.

$990,000

A demolition worker slipped on an apple peel at a job site and suffered a fractured patella.

$750,000

A bridge painter suffered shoulder and back injuries in a fall from a ladder.

$683,901

A painter fell from a ladder and suffered multiple bone fractures in the pelvic region.

Our construction accident lawyers know that mishaps may occur in many different settings and that improperly maintained construction accident sites pose great hazards for construction workers.  Neglect of workplace safety can lead to catastrophe.  Our attorneys handle all types of construction accident cases.

New York’s “Scaffold Law” (Labor Law §240) protects construction workers who work on ladders, scaffolds and are at risk from elevation related activities.  Labor Law §240 places responsibility for safety on those in control of ensuring that workers receive proper protection while performing elevation related activities. The law applies not only to actual construction work, but also to erection, demolition, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning or pointing of a building or structure.  New York’s Labor Laws §200, §241 and Industrial Code are also designed to protect construction workers.

In the highly competitive construction industry, contracts often go to the lowest bidder.  The Labor Laws of New York State are designed to ensure that workers are given adequate protection against injury.  New York’s Labor Laws protect against cost-cutting measures that compromise work-site safety.  This protection is important not only to the skilled and experienced worker, but also to the low-wage undocumented worker who may lack formal training and who may have language barriers.

At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. we are often asked to help workers injured by violations of New York’s labor laws. Our lawyers handle many types of construction accident cases.  We have successfully represented many injured workers, helping to reconstruct their lives.

Your New York Workplace Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while performing construction work, we want to help you.  Contact us today to talk about your case.  There is no charge for the initial consultation.  As all cases are controlled by statutes of limitations and other applicable time restrictions, our attorneys want to make sure that your rights are protected before it is too late!

3rd Party Claims – Workers’ Compensation – Disability

First, some definitions: The injured worker is “the First Party.”  The injured worker’s employer is “the Second Party.” Any other potentially legally responsible / liable (for the happening of the accident,) person(s) are “Third Parties.” Third Party Claims are claims for money recovery by the injured person(s) against any responsible party that is not an employer (Second Party) or fellow employee of the injured person.  These 3rd Party Claims are the claims which the attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P prosecute. Workers employed and injured in New York are entitled to New York State Workers Compensation benefits.  The New York State Workers Compensation Board offers as its mission statement the following: “The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board protects the rights of employees and employers by ensuring the proper delivery of benefits to those who are injured or ill, and by promoting compliance with the law.”

Here is a link to the Board’s Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.wcb.state.ny.us/content/main/onthejob/CommonQuestions.jsp To understand the different and complimentary effects of 3rd Party Claims and Workers’ Compensation Benefits, the following may be helpful: An electrician on a construction site trips and falls on debris left behind by the carpenters on the job site.  If the electrician is hurt, he will have a Workers’ Compensation claim for medical expenses and lost wages.  Above and beyond his Workers’ Compensation claim, he / she may very well have claims for money damages against the carpenter and the carpenter’s employer (assuming the carpenter was employed by a different employer than the electrician), the General Contractor, the Owner of the property and/or any other persons/ corporations who are found, through investigation and/or litigation discovery, to have contributed to the happening of the accident.  The supermarket worker who slips and suffers an injury because the outside refrigeration repair company failed to correct a leak properly will also have both a workers’ compensation claim and a 3rd Party claim.  The truck driver delivering a load who is stopped at a red light and is hit in the rear will also have both a workers’ compensation claim and a 3rd Party claim.  As the variety of circumstances expressed above suggest, there are many, many examples of situations that would give rise to both workers’ compensation claims and 3rd Party claims.  The New York injury attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. focus on maximizing the money recovery of those who have suffered workplace injuries by asserting 3rd Party claims.  We work closely with worker compensation attorneys to reach the best outcome for our injured clients. We have been honored many times over the years to have had cases referred to our office by attorneys who limit their practice to Workers’ Compensation Law (generally referred to as “workers comp attorneys,” “workers compensation attorneys “ or “workers compensation lawyers”) and Social Security Disability law, specifically to pursue 3rd Party claims on behalf of those clients.  Another related, but separate, area of claims for injured workers is the matter of a claim for disability.   In addition to filing a claim for workers’ compensation and pursuing a claim against a third party,  an injured worker may be entitled to private insurance disability (if available) and/or government funded disability, i.e. Social Security Disability.

www.socialsecurity.gov + FAQs Such an injured person will often require a lawyer for disability cases.  If you have been injured in a construction accident or other workplace mishap and you seek workers comp attorneys and lawyers for disability claims generally and for Social Security Disability claims specifically, the attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will assemble and work with a team of highly qualified practitioners who will pursue these additional important areas of money recovery.  As experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys we provide comprehensive counsel to people who were hurt on the job.  The attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., lawyers for personal injury cases involving construction accidents and other workplace injuries, know that “personal injury atty,” “law injury”, “injury law personal” as well as “personal injuries lawyers,” “injury work,” and “lawsuit injury,” are among the many terms searched thousands of times per month by injured workers seeking powerful legal representation.  Whether you arrived at this site by way of such a search, by way of a referral from another attorney or from a former client of ours, we are delighted that you are here.  We thank you for visiting our site and hope to make available to you the benefit of our attorneys’ nearly 90 years collective experience. When it comes to matters of law on personal injury, and more specifically, construction accidents and other job injury cases, we will always welcome your telephone call, email and online chat consultation. So, if you have any questions about the matters discussed above or about a construction accident case that you or someone you care about has, please call/email/chat with us now!