New York City Construction Accident Attorneys
Working on a construction site comes with many inherent risks and dangers, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve compensation if you were injured due to a negligent coworker or employer. If you’re facing injuries that are unique to your job as a construction worker, contact the New York City construction accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP.
There are regulations in place, meant to keep workers like you safe, but they’re often ignored or ineffective—as demonstrated by your injury. You don’t have to face such injustice! If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, you may be facing not only physical damages but also significant financial losses as a result. When such injuries were the fault of another party, however, you should not be left to face that burden alone. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP understand the severity of these consequences and we are prepared to help you receive compensation for your losses.
Hach & Rose, LLP has been a trusted name in New York since the creation of the firm over 10 years ago. Michael Rose and Gregory Hach created the firm with the intention of providing personal attention to the people they’ve come to know as neighbors: you, the client, and your needs. Together, with the help of our associates, we have helped folks like you receive millions of dollars to compensate for injuries they have received on the job. In 2012, Michael helped a client receive the largest jury verdict for a construction site accident in the state of New York.
We are dedicated to our clients, and to ensuring that you and your family are protected after a serious construction accident. We understand that you do not have money to spare during this difficult time, which is why we will not collect fees unless we win your case. We will even provide a free evaluation of your case, so you can understand your rights and how to proceed. You need an attorney to help you navigate this legal process, and we are ready to help. Contact us through online chat, email, or call (212) 779-0057 today.
Do I Need a Construction Accident Attorney?
The time it takes for you to recover from an accident is almost wholly dependent on taking it easy while you wait. This is impossible in the aftermath of an accident, provided you’re trying to handle everything on your own. The known stressors—medical bills, insurance claims, loss of wages—may only be the beginning of financial and legal strains, and it takes the trained eye of an attorney to catch the things you hadn’t even considered. The assistance of an attorney is meant to lift the burden of paperwork and financial loss from your shoulders, and those at Hach & Rose, LLP are here to help; we can help ensure that you take the appropriate steps following your accident. Additionally, we will work as your advocate throughout the process so that you do not have to fight insurance providers and the legal system alone. With the help of a lawyer you can rest assured that your case will be handled effectively and efficiently, so you can get the compensation you need.
How Do I Choose the Best Construction Accident Lawyer in New York?
As a construction worker in New York, an injury accident on the jobsite can be painful, frightening, and confusing. You may wonder how you’ll manage your recovery, pay your bills, and make a living now and potentially in the future. You may wonder how you’ll care for your family, and you may feel as though you aren’t getting a fair shake from your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance provider.
You don’t have to deal with pursuing the benefits or compensation that you deserve alone. The fact is, the most critical decision you’ll make following a construction accident is choosing an experienced attorney who has specific experience handling construction accident cases.
Because of the risks that construction workers face each day, the State of New York has specific labor laws in place to protect them from on-the-job accidents. Be sure to choose an attorney who understands the nuances of the labor laws and also the details that might profoundly impact your case, whether it’s considering faulty equipment, or understanding that multiple defendants may play a role in your case.
Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP to Handle My Case?
Since partners Michael A. Rose and Gregory Hach joined forces nearly twenty years ago to form what is now known as Hach & Rose, LLP, the firm’s construction accident attorneys have won millions of dollars in recovery for construction workers, including union families across the nation.
Many of these cases have resulted in seven-figure jury verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have secured some of the top verdicts for construction accidents in the State of New York. We have lectured on construction accident practices in New York and have additionally won numerous awards and earned recognition as top-rated lawyers.
Attorneys on our team have been named New York Super Lawyers several years in a row, AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers, New York’s Top Verdicts and Settlements, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States, in which fewer than one percent of U.S. lawyers are members.
Michael A. Rose
Michael Rose has spent his entire career representing accident victims. He created the firm to provide personalized attention to each of his clients. He was responsible for securing some of the top personal injury results in the State of New York for personal injury claims. This includes, on multiple occasions, obtaining some of the largest jury verdicts in the State of New York for Construction Site Accidents.
Greg Hach grew up in a proud union household and is the son of a highly-respected labor leader in New York. He has been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for more than 25 years. His hands-on experience working on construction sites gives him unique insight and knowledge into how easily accidents can happen and the lasting impact that they can have on the workers who are hurt.
George W. Ilchert
George Ilchert concentrates on the severe injuries that can arise at construction sites. George W. Ilchert is a product of Queens, New York. He grew up working for his family’s construction and waterproofing company. A small sample of George’s legal victories on construction accident claims include settlements of $6,000,000 and $5,500,000 for injured workers.
David R. Cheverie
David Cheverie joined Hach & Rose, LLP ten years ago, and specializes in representing injured construction workers. Mr. Cheverie worked his way through school as a laborer and is a proud member of Laborer’s Local 230. David’s construction experience has made him intimately familiar with the dangers of construction work and he knows how to expose them in the courtroom.
Types of Cases We Handle
Unfortunately, careless behaviors and actions are common on many worksites, which can make them extremely dangerous and lead to serious accidents. Our firm understands that there are many different ways that a construction accident could occur, and you need to know your legal rights in the event of any type of accident. This is why we are prepared to assist our clients with many different types of construction accident cases, including (but not limited to):
- Falling Hazards: Oftentimes the equipment and materials on construction sites are used at great heights. If these materials are not properly secured, there is an increased risk of them falling and injuring someone below. Even with the proper safety equipment, such as a hard hat, you risk possible head, neck, or back injuries if you are hit by a falling object.
- Unsafe Work Site: If sites are not properly maintained and managed, great risks become even greater. Construction sites that do not take proper safety precautions, do not provide safety equipment, or fail to train their employees, can cause injuries to all people on the job.
- Scaffolding Accidents: Scaffolding must be properly constructed and maintained in order to ensure that it is safe to use. If requirements are not carefully followed, it can lead to devastating accidents that may cause permanent injuries or even death.
- Vehicle Accidents: Many construction sites rely on vehicles of all kinds as a large part of the construction process. Whether you are using an excavator, a bulldozer, or simply a truck, there are always risks to operating and working near these vehicles. Careless errors or improper training can cause serious accidents involving vehicles to occur.
- Crane Collapse Accidents: Cranes are one of the many pieces of equipment on a construction site that must be set up, maintained, and operated correctly in order to use them safely. Although they are an essential part of many construction projects, they can lead to serious accidents if their cargo falls or if they collapse altogether.
- Ladder Accidents: Falls from ladders on construction sites in New York can cause devastating injuries for construction workers, even fatalities in more severe circumstances. Even if the accident does not result in death, construction workers may be left with lifelong injuries that can negatively impact their ability to work or take care of themselves and their families.
- Roof Accidents: Construction workers in New York are injured in roof accidents every year. And due to the significant heights that workers can be located, falls from roofs or objects that fall from roofs onto workers below, can be severe or fatal in more catastrophic instances.
- Roof and Ceiling Collapses: Construction workers who work on roofs face the risk of falling from significant heights every single day on the job. Another common cause of construction site falls are falls through ceilings while working within a building. Both of these common falls can lead to death and serious injuries.
While these are some of the most common accidents that occur on construction sites, many other dangers may have led to your accident. Even if these examples do not describe the specifics of your situation, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers about your legal rights. Through a free and confidential case evaluation, we can help you understand the best steps for you to take.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?
After a construction accident, you may be facing a number of different kinds of bills related to your injures. Fortunately, the compensation you receive from a lawsuit may help you cover many of these expenses. Typically, individuals will receive compensation for short-term expenses—those that are immediately apparent after the accident—and can seek damages for expected long-term expenses—those that will continue for an extended time after the accident. Compensation most commonly covers expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of working capacity
- Long-term care
The amount of compensation you may receive will depend on the severity and extent of your injuries. The construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP can help you better understand the full range of compensation you may be entitled to.
New York State Construction Labor Laws
Being a construction worker is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States and, specifically, in New York. According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, data shows that construction workers make up only five percent of New York city’s total workforce, but account for 27 percent of work-related injury fatalities. We believe, however, that given the laws in place protecting construction workers on the job, most construction accidents are preventable. If any of these laws were violated, an injured worker could bring a lawsuit. This will provide for more than limited workers’ compensation benefits. Damages in a lawsuit include full lost wages, retirement benefits, pain and suffering, and both past and future medical expenses.
There are three sections of New York state’s labor laws — section 200, 240, and 241 — that allow injured construction workers to seek damages in the event of a construction site accident. Violations of any of these laws can result in serious injuries, and violators can be held liable for those injuries.
N.Y. Labor Law 200
NY Labor Law 200 N.Y. Labor Law 200 requires employers to provide safe work conditions for construction workers. It requires that places, where it is applicable, “shall be so constructed, equipped, arranged, operated and conducted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places. All machinery, equipment, and devices in such places shall be so placed, operated, guarded, and lighted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to all such persons.”
N.Y. Labor Law 240
N.Y. Labor Law 240, also referred to as the Scaffolding Law, mandates that workers who have to perform job duties at a height receive adequate fall protection. This law exists to protect workers from gravity-related risks, such as having to work on unsafe scaffolding or ladders and to prevent falls. It also mandates that workers be protected from falling construction materials. All construction site injuries due to the effect of gravity could make property owners and general contractors responsible.
This law exists to protect workers from having to work on unsafe scaffolding or ladders and prevent falls. It also mandates that workers be protected from falling construction materials.
N.Y. Labor Law 241
N.Y. Labor Law 241 requires that general contractors, owners, and other contractors ensure that workers are protected from exposure to safety hazards that can result in an injury. It outlines specific safety requirements that must be met on construction sites, such as barriers around construction elevators, Operational Protective Equipment provisions, and protection from tripping and slipping hazards. With this law, workers are given broad protections in “all areas in which construction, excavation, or demolition work is being performed….”
Each of these sections are vital to keeping construction sites safe, and violations of any of them can result in serious injuries. However, when these requirements are not met, violators can be held liable for any injuries that may occur as a result.
Steps to Take Following a Construction Accident
Don’t hesitate to seek help following your construction accident, and take the steps necessary to protect your health and your future.
- Seek medical attention. If you’ve suffered a construction accident the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Your health comes first, and your medical records will be vital to your case.
- Report your accident. Report the incident immediately to your employer and make sure they make a report, as this may be used in your case, as well.
- Take pictures if possible. Conditions on construction sites can change quickly after an accident for many reasons.
- Contact a skilled construction accident attorney. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we’ll provide you with a free consultation to ensure you understand your legal options. If you decide to work with our firm, we will promptly begin a thorough investigation of your case. We know that finances are stressful during this challenging time. We will not collect any fees unless we win your case.
New York Construction Accident Statistics
Although construction related injuries and deaths are declining, on the whole, the rate at which these accidents occur is still alarmingly high. A 2017 study indicates that the New York City construction industry makes up only 5% of the entire workforce, but accidents in this industry make up 27% of all work-related fatalities in the state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.4 of every 100 full-time construction workers suffered an injury while on the job in 2015. In 2018, 746 construction accidents occurred in New York City, resulting in 12 fatalities. These numbers all indicate the serious dangers that threaten construction workers in New York.
Contact Hach & Rose, LLP
Hach & Rose, LLP, is home to New York’s leading, top-rated construction accident attorneys. Our firm is prepared to help with the many different types of construction accidents that occur, whether it’s unsafe work conditions, a scaffold or ladder accident, an on-site vehicle accident, or any other accidental injury that occurs on the job.
Our attorneys will take the time to understand what happened and your particular situation and will help you understand your rights to compensation. Whether you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, or if you are eligible to file an injury lawsuit, we’ll be ready to help you maximize your recovery and get you back on your feet.
Our team has the experience, knowledge, and skill it takes to help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions at (212) 779-0057 or fill out a contact form today
Example Construction Accident Results
Hach & Rose, LLP‘s New York City construction accident attorneys have won compensation for numerous construction accident clients in a variety of situations, and they have achieved some of the highest verdicts and settlements in New York state. The following are some of the notable cases won by attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP:
Top Construction Accident Verdicts in State of New York
Michael Rose was responsible for securing one of the largest construction accident jury verdict in the state of New York for his clients. An engineer’s assistant at a hotel fell from a ladder and suffered injuries to his head, brain, ribs, shoulder, and spine.
The worker was not provided with proper safety equipment needed to perform his job safely and that he was not provided with a way to safely secure the ladder on which he was working.
A jury awarded damages totaling $13,020,856.69, for past and future medical costs, past and future loss of services, past and future lost earnings, and past and future pain and suffering. This verdict was one of the largest in the state the year of the trial.
$12,000,000 Jury Verdict For an Injured Hospital Worker
Michael also secured a 12 million-dollar jury verdict for a hospital worker who was injured due to faulty construction.
$3,475,000 Settlement for Union Carpenter Who Fell from 20 Foot Roof
When a 35-year-old union-affiliated carpenter fell off of a temporary roof and plummeted approximately 20 feet, sustaining severe injuries to his back, shoulder, and neck, he chose Hach & Rose, LLP to represent him in a lawsuit against the owner of the premises, the city of New York, and the general contractor.
While the defendants argued that the worker was the sole cause of the accident, Hach & Rose, LLP attorneys claimed that the defendants violated the New York State Labor Law, Section 240. They contended that the incident stemmed from an elevation-related hazard and that defendants failed to provide workers with the proper safety equipment that is a requirement of the statute.
The defendants agreed to settle the case and paid the carpenter a total of $3,475,000.
$2,500,000 Settlement Secured for Union Worker in Slip and Fall Accident
When a union-employed sheet-metal worker was walking on a roof and slipped and fell on a piece of plywood, Hach & Rose, LLP secured a $2,500,000 settlement for the construction worker, who had sustained injuries to his knees and shoulders.
Our team argued that the defendants violated the New York State Labor Law, specifically Labor Law Sections 200 and 241(6). The board was not secured, and Partner Michael Rose noted that “under such circumstances, the defendants violated the general safety provisions of Labor Law § 200 and failed to properly safeguard the construction site as required by Labor Law § 241(6).”
Construction Worker Hit By a Pipe Wins $2,000,000 in Damages
A union-affiliated sheet-metal specialist won damages for $2,000,000 after he was struck on the head by a pipe on the job. The worker was installing ventilation ducts when, above him, a 6-pound metal elbow joint of a pipe fell 16 feet and struck him on the head.
The worker sustained injuries to his back, his head, and his neck. Hach & Rose, LLP represented the worker and sued the construction site owner, the project general, and subcontractors. Hach & Rose, LLP, argued that the defendants violated the New York State Labor Law Section 240, under which contractors and property owners are directly responsible when a worker is injured by an object that falls on a construction site and also argued that contractors and the property owner failed to provide the proper safety equipment as required by the law.
More Client Outcomes
- $13,000,000 — Jury verdict obtained on behalf of an injured union painter who fell from a ladder and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
- $12,800,000 — Jury verdict for worker who suffered severe neck injury, as a result of a negligently installed door-closer by construction companies that had been hired to build new wing of a hospital.
- $8,000,000 — Jury verdict obtained for the victim of a motorcycle accident.
- $6,058,000 — Jury verdict for a phlebotomist diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) as a result of striking her knee.
- $3,525,000 — For a construction supervisor who fell from a makeshift ladder injuring his back.
- $3,500,000 — For a stone mason who was injured when another worker threw a piece of sheetrock out a window striking him on the ground below.
- $3,475,000 — For a carpenter who was injured after falling from a temporary roof.
- $3,250,000 — Settlement for an operating engineer who was injured after he fell through an unsecured wooden platform.
- $3,200,000 — Settlement obtained for a carpenter who was injured in a fall at work.
- $3,150,000 — For a construction worker who slipped and fell on a construction site.
- $2,500,000 — Settlement for a worker who was injured when a piece of construction debris fell from a building.
- $2,500,000 — Settlement amount obtained for a member of sheet metal workers local who was injured when he slipped and fell on an unsecured board at a construction site.
- $2,500,000 — Settlement for a laborer who injured his neck in an accident on a construction site.
- $2,500,000 — Settlement for a worker who was killed while being driven in a car from a company parking lot.
- $2,300,000 — For the family of an operating engineer that was killed in the course of his employment.
- $2,300,000 — Jury verdict obtained for a pedestrian who was struck by a New York City Transit Authority bus.
- $2,225,000 — Settlement obtained for an engineer who was injured in a motor vehicle accident.
- $2,200,000 — Jury verdict obtained for a man who suffered a back injury following an automobile accident.
- $2,100,000 — For a school fireman who was injured when he fell from a poorly constructed permanent ladder.
- $2,100,000 — Obtained for a construction worker who was struck by a Bobcat operated by a co-worker.
- $2,000,000 — Settlement for a construction worker injured by falling pipe.
- $2,000,000 — Settlement for an operating engineer who was injured after he fell from a ladder while repairing a garage door.
- $1,800,000 — Settlement obtained (co-counsel) for an engineer that suffered from lung cancer due to his work in and around asbestos. He is currently retired and is in complete remission. His case is remarkable because it was rejected by a major New York asbestos law firm.
- $1,700,000 — For an operating engineer who was injured in a motorcycle accident.
- $1,625,000 — Settlement obtained for a carpenter just prior to trial in which the client stepped off a ladder and tripped on debris.
- $1,500,000 — Settlement for school operating engineer who suffered severe burns because of a leaking sump pump.
- $1,500,000 — For a man who suffered a back injury when he was struck by a motor vehicle.
- $1,450,000 — Jury verdict obtained for a 60-year-old, self-employed woman who slipped and fell on water in a cafeteria while at a conference.
- $1,350,000 — For a man injured in an automobile collision with a tractor trailer whose operator was driving under the influence of alcohol.
- $1,300,000 — Settlement obtained during trial for a woman injured in an automobile accident.
- $1,200,000 — Construction worker injured when he slipped on door laying on the ground that had pipe hidden underneath it.
- $1,200,000 — Settlement obtained (co-counsel) for a union worker that suffered from lung cancer due to his work in and around asbestos. He continues to work in his job and is in complete remission.
- $1,175,000 — For a cleaner who was injured when poorly stacked soda bottles toppled over and struck her when she was in the process of cleaning the cafeteria.
- $1,000,000 — Settlement obtained for the family of a main who died as a result of a negligently performed gastric bypass surgery.
- $995,000 — Arbitration award for an injured couple involved in an automobile accident.
- $900,000 — For a worker who fell due to improperly and insufficiently illuminated stairwell.
- $800,000 — For an operating engineer who tripped and fell over debris.
- $800,000 — For an operating engineer injured when installing a drop ceiling.
- $800,000 — For a construction worker who fell from a ladder positioned on scaffolding.
- $750,000 — For a plumber when he fell down a staircase due to an unsecured floor covering.
- $750,000 — For a bus driver injured when she tripped and fell on a misleveled elevator in the building where she worked.
- $673,000 — For a man injured in a train collision on his way to work.
- $650,000 — For a man who was injured due to an unsafe indoor soccer field.
- $600,000 — For a construction worker who fell from a ladder during a renovation project.
- $500,000 — For a woman injured in shopping mall due to negligent crowd control.
- $500,000 — For a young woman who injured her back when struck by an automobile.
- $500,000 — For a woman injured in an automobile accident who had a prior injury to the same body part she injured in the accident.
- $400,000 — Jury verdict for woman injured in a car accident. She sustained back injury but did not report it to her doctors for nine months following the accident.
- $400,000 — Settlement for a professional chauffer who was involved in a motor vehicle accident.
- $375,000 — For a municipal employee injured when he slipped on stairs that had just been mopped and there were no warning signs posted.
- $345,000 — Settlement for a woman who tripped and fell in a restaurant.
- $325,000 — For a garage worker struck by an elevator door in the course of his employment.
- $300,000 — For a worker who fell from an A-frame ladder while he was replacing a sensor on the back of the boiler.
- $275,000 — For a heavy equipment operator who was hit by a bus in a hit and run accident.
- $250,000 — For an operating engineer injured due to failure of building to provide safe way to enter or exit a cooling tower.
- $250,000 — For a man injured due to an unsafe ladder at a storage facility.
- $250,000 — Due to trip and fall on defective sidewalk.
- $250,000 — For a woman who fell on the sidewalk after tripping on a metal gate.
- $225,000 — For a union electrician who injured his wrist when he fell from his ladder on a construction project.
- $225,000 — For a woman injured in an automobile accident.
- $225,000 — For a man who was struck by a car while riding a scooter.
- $225,000 — For a man injured when he slipped and fell on a floor at a catering hall due to the failure of the hall to clean the premises.
- $210,000 — For a child who was struck by an automobile while crossing the street in the middle of a block.
- $200,000 — For a construction worker who was injured when he tripped on a defective sidewalk on his way to work.
- $200,000 — For a union member injured in the course of his employment due to Labor Law violations.
- $200,000 — For an operating engineer injured at work when he fell from an unsafe ladder.
- $190,000 — For a man injured on a dock that was not properly secured by the marina.
- $190,000 — For an operating engineer injured on construction site.
- $190,000 — For a man injured by a construction elevator.
- $185,000 — For a woman injured on a defective sidewalk caused by a metal gate.
- $185,000 — For a woman who was an assistant on a school bus injured when the bus was in an accident.
- $180,000 — For an operating engineer who was injured when he fell down a staircase while in the course of his employment.
- $150,000 — For a woman who slipped in a school parking lot that was not cleared of snow and ice on her way to work.
- $145,000 — For a union member injured by a defective product.
- $143,000 — For an operating engineer who injured his knee when he tripped on a misleveled elevator.
- $140,000 — For a woman injured due to unsafe steps at a school.
- $135,000 — For a woman injured by an underinsured driver.
- $125,000 — For a construction worker injured on a job site.
- $125,000 — For a truck driver injured by an underinsured motor vehicle.
- $105,000 — Due to a trip on a defective step.
- $100,000 — For a woman injured during a home construction project.
- $100,000 — Due to a slip and fall on ice.
- $95,000 — For a utility worker injured during a road construction project.
- $85,000 — For a woman injured when she tripped on a defective sidewalk.
- $85,000 — For a woman who was injured on a sidewalk due to an unsafe construction.
- $85,000 — For a man injured in an automobile accident.
- $80,000 — For the wife of a union member who was injured.
- $75,000 — For a woman injured in a motor vehicle accident.
- $75,000 — For a woman injured when she tripped in a poorly maintained public parking lot.
- $75,000 — For a woman injured due to a defective elevator.
- $70,000 — For an operating engineer injured on construction site.
- $70,000 — For a sheet metal worker injured when he tripped on construction debris.
- $70,000 — For a NYTA bus driver who was injured when an airport van collided into his bus.
- $67,000 — For a pedestrian struck by an automobile.
- $65,000 — For a man injured on an unsafe premises.
- $65,000 — For a bus driver injured in an automobile accident.
- $65,000 — For a person who slipped and fell on water in a pharmacy.
- $60,000 — For a construction work who was injured when he slipped on ice on a construction site (a violation of Labor Law Section 241(6) while in a designated walkway.
- $60,000 — For a police officer injured in the course of her employment.
- $59,000 — For a man injured in an automobile accident.
- $55,000 — For a woman injured in an automobile accident.
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