Construction Accidents Lawyers in New City, NY, Providing Compassionate Legal Services to Victims in Need
It is nearly impossible to imagine New York without the contributions of the construction industry. Architects, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, masons, surveyors, engineers, managers, and so on, from the offices to the ground floor, the construction industry is an essential part of any growing nation, state, city, and township.
However, it can also be a dangerous occupation, as any structure that is incomplete or in disrepair may make for hazardous conditions for those who must tend to its development. And while construction professionals could be said to ‘know what they’re signing up for,’ that reasoning only goes so far. Companies and industries are expected to meet safety regulations and requirements to limit the potential for accidents. And what’s more, some construction accident victims are those who just happened by one day, people who were unaware of the full extent of the risks at the construction site but got too close when things went wrong.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury as the result of a construction accident in the state of New York, our law firm can be of assistance. The lawyers and associates of Greenspan & Greenspan have decades of experience providing legal services to clients with personal injury cases in White Plains. While no results can be guaranteed in any court of law, we feel we have the confidence and the knowledge to assist you towards the most satisfactory conclusion for your accident case.
To discuss your case with an attorney, please contact our New City, NY, law offices for a free consultation.
Who is Liable for a Construction Accident in the State of New York?
The question of who is legally responsible for a construction accident can be a complex question to answer, if only because… it depends. More than one party may be considered at fault.
New York has several labor laws in place in an effort to make construction sites safer for both workers and civilians in and around the sites. These laws are often the determining factor for who and what may be held liable for an accident.
Property owners and general contractors are held to specific New York labor laws to provide adequate protection to the health and safety of all legally present individuals on the site. If there are potential hazards or if workers are not adequately trained, the owners and contractors must address those hazards and ensure that all necessary training is undertaken. If they fail to take these steps, they may be held liable for the unsafe working conditions.
New York’s scaffolding laws give injured workers the legal right to hold general contractors and property owners strictly liable for certain injuries suffered.
Subcontractors who do not provide a safe work environment can be held accountable for their role in an accident as well. Even the architect may be held liable for unsafe work standards if a structural issue led to an injury.
It is even possible to hold equipment manufacturers liable, provided that their equipment was defective in some way and that defect led to the accident.
What are the Most Common Types of Construction Accidents and Where do They Occur?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has named the four primary causes of life-threatening dangers for construction workers in America: electrocutions, falls, struck-by incidents, and caught-in or -between accidents. And while that simplification may encapsulate most construction-site accidents, the list of all common types of accidents is much longer.
Common types of construction accidents:
- Building collapses and structure failures
- Communication failures
- Confined space accidents
- Crane accidents
- Cutting accidents
- Electrical accidents, such as exposed wires or improperly installed electronics
- Elevator accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Gas explosions
- Falling objects
- Falls, either caused by a slip/trip and fall or a result of a lack of safety railing or flooring
- Faulty or improperly maintained equipment
- Improper loading and unloading
- Improperly installed or secured scaffolding
- Lack of adequate training
- Lack of proper supervision
- Lack of safety equipment
- Ladder accidents
- Machinery and equipment defects
- Nail gun accidents
- Welding accidents
These accidents typically occur at a construction site where work is ongoing and incomplete. The chances of an accident occurring are multiplied when heavy machinery, scaffolding, pulleys, ropes, and exposed wiring are in play.
What Kind of Compensation Could you Receive with Your Personal Injury Claim?
With the help of our legal team, you may be able to recover compensation that can go towards paying off expenses and pain and suffering.
If you missed work, a fair settlement could help support your needs by paying you for your lost wages. If you are unable to return to work due to your injury, the settlements may take care of your needs today and in the future.
While your insurance company may support some of your medical care, you must understand that insurance companies will resist paying more than they feel they must. If you seek maximum compensation, it may pay off your medical expenses, allowing you time to heal.
If you lost a loved one in a construction accident, we could help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. No settlement can ever bring your loved ones back, but they can make life a little easier going forward.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Construction Accidents Attorney Today
To learn more about your legal options following a construction accident, contact our law firm to discuss your case. It may be possible to receive financial compensation that can help alleviate the burden of medical bills, emotional distress, and ongoing pain and suffering.
To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, please call our New City, NY, law office today at (845) 422-8060.