Compassionate Representation For New York City Construction Accident Survivors
Construction sites are commonplace, especially in New York City. Whether it is renovations on a century-old landmark or newly erected lofts, construction workers are busy around the clock. Unfortunately, despite the myriad of laws regarding safe construction and demolition, these industries can be some of the most dangerous, leaving workers severely injured and unable to ever return to the job. We represent construction accident survivors throughout New York City, as well as other counties on Long Island and Westchester. We have a particular interest in helping non-English speaking clients and their families, regardless of their immigration status. Se habla español. These brave workers tend to do the most dangerous jobs, for the least amount of money, and with the least amount of proper safety equipment. You don’t have to settle for just any attorney, and you don’t have to be afraid – you too can hire expert Park Avenue lawyers like Siegel & Coonerty LLP.
If you are injured at a construction site in New York City, or beyond, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at Siegel & Coonerty LLP to discuss your rights and responsibilities. Our NYC construction accident lawyers can help you pursue a claim through workers’ compensation or file a third-party lawsuit against a responsible party. We are experts in the NYS Labor Laws, OSHA and the NYS Industrial Code.
Call 646-960-8195 today to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys are here to help you.
The NYC construction accident lawyers of Siegel & Coonerty LLP provide professional representation to clients who have been seriously injured, as well as their families.
Construction accident cases we handle:
- Fall accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Scaffold accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Demolition accidents
- Slip/Trip and fall accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Crane accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Falling object accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Electrocution accidents
- Labor law violations
- OSHA violations
- Harness/lifeline accidents
Our NYC construction accident lawyers know New York’s strict construction laws and will work to get you the compensation that you need after a devastating accident. At Siegel & Coonerty LLP, we care about you and your physical and financial recovery. Our attorneys never give up. Let us provide you with the compassionate, trustworthy representation you deserve.
New York Construction Accident Attorneys
Injured in a New York construction accident? Did you fall from a ladder or scaffold, or did something fall on you? You deserve dedicated, professional legal representation from a firm that cares about putting clients first.
The NYC construction accident attorneys at Siegel & Coonerty LLP represent construction workers who sustain serious injuries because of violations of state and federal laws. In addition, we have a life passion in serving the community of undocumented workers and their families.
Representation includes but is not limited to:
- Workers who fall from scaffolds, ladders, unguarded roofs, unprotected elevator shafts, and other elevations
- Workers who are hit by falling objects on the construction site
- Workers who are injured due to a failure to provide safety harnesses, lanyards, safety cables, lifelines, and other safety equipment
- Workers who slip/trip and fall
- Workers with injuries caused by construction site debris
- Workers harmed by defective tools or equipment
- survivors of New York Labor Law violations
- survivors of OSHA and Industrial Code violations
At Siegel & Coonerty LLP, we are committed to providing construction accident survivors help, hope, and results. When you retain our services, you are more than just a file number or a dollar sign. We treat you like family and leave no stone unturned throughout our representation. Our hope is to turn survivors into survivors.
Common Injuries in Construction Site Accidents
When you are seriously injured or unable to work, you deserve an attorney who understands what you are going through and believes in your case. Our NYC construction accident lawyers have a deep respect for each of our clients. Our doors and phone lines are always open, we listen to everything that you have to say, keep you informed about your case, and continually work to secure the most extensive recovery.
Injuries from construction site accidents can be extremely serious. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Back and neck injuries
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, hip, knee and ankle injuries
- Injuries requiring surgery
- Muscle and tissue damage
- Wrongful Death
What You Need to Know About New York Construction Site Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents
Ladders and scaffolding are meant to prevent construction site accidents by stopping a worker’s fall. These temporary structures provide construction crew members with a platform to stand on as they work on surfaces beyond arm’s reach. Safer than ladders, scaffolds often are used on construction sites, especially when the worker needs equipment, tools, or supplies to be close by.
While workers rely on ladders and scaffolding for the purpose of safety, these structures can prove dangerous if not properly constructed, maintained, placed and operated. Every year, thousands of construction workers suffer injuries due to collapses and falls. In fact, about 88 construction workers a year are killed in scaffolding accidents.
New York Labor Law Section 240 – “Scaffold Law”
Known as the “Scaffold Law,” New York Labor Law Section 240 provides special protections for New York construction crews who work at all sorts of heights, or workers who are subject to having tools, material or debris fall on them. Under Section 240, workers must be provided with strong and secure scaffolding, hoists, harnesses, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other necessary safety equipment to protect them from falling, or having something fall on to them.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a scaffolding or ladder accident, or due to a falling object, then call Siegel & Coonerty LLP at 646-960-8195. We’ll schedule a free consultation with one of our expert NYC construction accident lawyers immediately.
OSHA Scaffolding and Ladder Requirements
State and federal regulators govern construction sites. Failure to adhere to any of the safety guidelines put forth by these entities can result in serious injury or death. If you believe that a violation of a safety standard resulted in your injury, contact our office to speak with a NYC construction accident lawyer.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New York State Industrial Code have rules regarding scaffolding and ladders, as well as falling objects:
- Scaffolding must be provided for any individual doing work that cannot be performed from the ground, except in cases where a ladder is permitted.
- The anchorage or footing on ladders and scaffolding must be sound, rigid, and capable of carrying the maximum intended load without settling or slipping, collapsing, or even moving in any way that makes a worker lose their balance and fall.
- Unstable objects should not be used to support scaffolding.
- Scaffolds and all scaffolding components must be able to support at least four times the maximum intended load without failure.
- Scaffolds and ladders should not be loaded in excess of the intended working load.
- Scaffolding must be constructed in a way that provides a barrier to protect from falls.
- Ladders and scaffolds must be maintained in a safe condition.
- Ladders should not be placed on small scaffolds, especially mobile or “baker” scaffolds.
- Scaffolding and ladders must be visually inspected for defects before every work shift. They also must be inspected after any event that could affect the integrity of the structure.
- Any ladders and scaffolding showing signs of weakness or damage must be immediately repaired and not used until repairs are completed.
- Scaffolding or ladders should not be used during storms or windy weather.
- Every employee using scaffolding or ladders must receive safety training.
- Any objects being raised or lowered must remain secured, and never fall, especially if the object is heavy or the object falls a far distance.
According to OSHA, more than 70 percent of scaffolding and ladder accidents could have been prevented if the employer had complied with OSHA standards.
Dedicated Representation for the Spanish-Speaking Community
At Siegel & Coonerty LLP, we believe that all construction accident survivors deserve access to justice and the highest quality of legal representation. We have extensive experience representing day laborers, undocumented workers, and Spanish speakers.
It is important to note that workers are protected under New York law, regardless of immigration status. You are still entitled to workers’ compensation, high-quality treatment, and the same legal representation as every other injured construction worker.
When your health, ability to work, and recovery are on the line, you need an attorney who can speak your language and will treat you like family. Se habla español.
We Will Come to You
Our NYC construction accident lawyers will come to you whether you are at home or in the hospital. All consultations are free, and all cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. We cover all costs, regardless of the amounts, in order to fully prosecute the case.
You should never be denied access to full and fair compensation because you cannot afford an attorney. We believe you, we understand you, and we can help you. Contact our office today to speak directly with a construction accident lawyer.
Wrongful Death Claims
Employers behave negligently when they don’t take the legal steps for accident prevention on construction sites. If a worker loses his life because of negligence, his family may be able to file a New York wrongful death claim. To learn more, contact the NYC construction accident attorneys at Siegel & Coonerty LLP.
What to Expect at Your Construction Accident Consultation
During the meeting, an attorney will listen to your story and come up with a personalized team approach to help you get the fair and reasonable monetary compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
There is never any fee for speaking with one of our attorneys. We will help you understand your rights and any benefits that you are entitled to receive through a workers’ compensation claim. Our doors are always open, and we will always return your calls.
When you are seriously injured or have lost a loved one, you need a law firm you can trust – one with proven results. Call today to get started.
Contact Our Office Today
If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact our office for a free consultation. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to compensation through a workers’ compensation claim, third-party lawsuit, or both.
In construction accidents, we know that time is of the essence. If you are unable to work, it can make it difficult to cover treatment costs and pay for everyday living expenses. Let us help you get the recovery you need after an accident or injury. Call 646-960-8195 to speak with a NYC construction accident lawyer today.