New York City Construction Accident Lawyers
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.
Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP to Handle My Case?
Choosing the right attorney can be both difficult and perhaps the most important decision you will make, given that there are so many attorneys across New York. Unfortunately, many of these law firms do not have the experience or success rates to back up sometimes lofty claims. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, however, have over 100 years of combined legal experience, over which they have earned every bit of knowledge they need to be successful. One of our top attorneys, Michael Rose, has been listed among New York’s top-rated lawyers and was selected to the New York Super Lawyers list from 2013 to 2019, and though we are proud of him, no one great lawyer can beat that of a united team. Our firm has helped win compensation for countless clients in a variety of different situations. Some of our greatest wins include:
- $13,000,000 for a painter who fell from a ladder and sustained a traumatic brain injury
- $12,800,000 for a worker who suffered a neck injury from an improperly installed door-closer
- $3,525,000 for a construction supervisor who fell from a ladder and injured his back
- $3,475,000 for a carpenter who fell through a temporary roof
These are just a few of the many cases that we have successfully completed in the past. We believe our success comes from our dedication to our clients and their needs. We treat every case individually and ensure that we place the best interest of our clients first
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.
Labor Laws Overview
New York’s labor laws provide protections for workers who are injured on construction sites. Specifically, three sections of the state’s labor laws allow injured construction workers to seek damages in the event of a construction site accident. These laws apply to many construction jobs, including demolition, renovations, and other work that could be done on a building. The relevant labor law sections for construction accidents are:
- Section 200: Requires employers to provide safe work conditions for construction workers.
- Section 240: Also known as the Scaffolding Law, this law requires that construction sites provide protection to workers exposed to gravity-related risks. This includes protection from falling objects.
- Section 241: Outlines specific safety requirements that must be met on construction sites, such as barriers around construction elevators, PPE provisions, and protection from tripping and slipping hazards.
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.
Labor Law 200
NY Labor Law 200 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.”
It also allows inspectors to shut down any equipment that is found to be operating in an unsafe manner until it is moved somewhere safe.
Labor Law 240
NY Labor Law 240, also referred to as the Scaffold Law, mandates that workers who have to perform job duties at a height receive adequate fall protection. This includes a provision that all scaffolds “shall have a safety rail of suitable material properly attached, bolted, braced or otherwise secured, rising at least thirty-four inches above the floor or main portions of such scaffolding or staging and extending along the entire length of the outside and the ends thereof, with only such openings as may be necessary for the delivery of materials. Such scaffolding or staging shall be so fastened as to prevent it from swaying from the building or structure.”
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.
Labor Law 241
While section 240 focuses on safety for elevated platforms in construction work, NY Labor Law 241 protects construction workers from poorly implemented construction sites. It requires specific safety precautions be taken for flooring, areas around elevators, and in many other general situations. Workers are given broad protections in “all areas in which construction, excavation or demolition work is being performed….” These areas “shall be so constructed, shored, equipped, guarded, arranged, operated and conducted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection and safety to the persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.”
When a construction company or contractor fails to comply with these labor laws, they can be held accountable for any injuries caused as a result of their negligence.
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.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you do not have to suffer the consequences alone. The lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are prepared to fight with you to protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you need. The money you receive may be able to help you and your family remain financially stable and secure during this difficult time. You cannot afford to wait; contact us through online chat, email, or call (212) 779-0057 today.
Example Construction Accident Results
- $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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