New York construction zones are dangerous places by nature. Heavy machinery, large equipment, various materials and toxic substances are commonplace on a site, which places New York’s 300,000 construction workers at risk for serious occupational injuries and death.
Construction companies are required by law to maintain reasonably secure sites that comply with all safety standards. But sometimes New York employers and other third parties shirk those responsibilities, and construction workers suffer the consequences by becoming the victims of life-threatening accidents.
If you’ve been injured in a NY construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation beyond that included in New York’s workers’ compensation laws. The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, serving people from Watertown, NY, is a law firm with three decades of experience handling accident claims. We can evaluate the circumstances of your case to identify all possible defendants and discuss your legal options. Experience counts, and we have the tools to present a strong claim on your behalf.
For more information, call 315-782-3547, 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) or use our online contact form. Our goal is to treat each client with care and respect – starting with your first case review. There is no fee for our consultation.
About New York Construction Accidents
Labor statistics consistently cite construction jobs as one of the most dangerous occupations. Roughly 1 in 5 workplace deaths is a construction worker, according to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Thousands more are injured in work zones nationwide.
The majority of injuries and fatalities in construction accidents result from electrocutions and falls. Negligence related to poor maintenance of the work zone, improper signaling, malfunctioning power tools and improper handling or storage of toxic substances can also cause serious injuries on construction sites. Some of those injuries are permanently disabling, such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Scarring, fractures, crushed limbs, burns and amputations can also cause devastating harm to construction workers, rendering them unable to return to work or, in the worst cases, preventing them from ever working again.
Other hazards at construction sites include:
- Scaffolding mishaps
- Ladder accidents;
- Crane mishaps;
- Mechanical and chemical handling of compressed gas;
- Logging accidents;
- Welding, cutting and brazing injuries.
Liability in New York Construction Accidents
Construction companies are responsible for developing and implementing safety programs, inspecting each site for safety compliance, coordinating job safety, providing hazard warnings related to the site and work and providing necessary protective equipment. Failure to do so is a violation of the law.
However, construction companies are not the only parties who may be responsible for your injuries. Oversights on the part of owners, architects, subcontractors, and equipment manufacturers may have played a role in the accident. Construction equipment manufacturers are also required to design safe products that are free from defects that could cause harm to you and also to provide warnings of any potential hazards.
Injured workers are usually unable to sue their employers and coworkers due to New York’s workers’ compensation laws, but these third parties may be held accountable, and you may obtain financial recoveries from them. A lawyer can help you determine if this “third-party negligence” is a valid legal route for you to pursue. For example; the owner of a commercial building may be liable for the injury resulting from a fall by a construction worker.
Proving Your New York Construction Accident Claim
Construction accident claims depend on proving a legal principle called negligence. You must present evidence that shows that:
- The defendant had a duty to you;
- The defendant breached that duty;
- You were injured as a result of that breach and damages resulted from the injury.
Because We Care About You
The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, is committed to helping people who have been injured in New York construction accidents with care and respect. Our philosophy is to provide zealous representation for our clients to maximize the chances for a favorable recovery while adhering to the highest ethical standards. We Will Fight For You!
Our Watertown, NY, legal team is ready to get started on your case. Just call 315-782-3547, 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Elmira, Rochester and Binghamton.