If you suffered injuries in a scaffolding accident on a New York construction site, you deserve compensation. A New York scaffolding accident and injury lawyer will fight to help you get it.
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In This Article
- What is New York Labor Law 240?
- We Will Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
- Recoverable Damages in a New York Scaffolding Accident Case
- Act Now Before Time Runs Out
- Talk to a New York Scaffolding Accident & Injury Lawyer
- New York Scaffolding Accidents News
What is New York Labor Law 240?
New York Labor Law 240, often known as the scaffold law, is a strong worker protection law. This law often plays a crucial role in scaffold injury cases because it gives workers the right to pursue compensation in several situations when a lawsuit might otherwise not be viable.
New York law prevents you from holding your employer or coworkers liable for your scaffolding fall injuries but allows you to pursue third-party lawsuits to recover compensation for your injuries. The scaffold law goes a step further, making the property owner and the general contractor overseeing the project responsible for providing proper protection while you are working on a scaffold.
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We Will Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
We will help you understand your options for compensation if you suffered injuries in a New York scaffolding fall. Our construction accident attorneys will fight for the damages you deserve and pursue compensation to the fullest extent allowed by the law.
We begin by investigating your accident. This includes:
- Identifying and analyzing any available evidence in your case
- Determining who caused or contributed to your accident and injuries
- Working with experts who can help us prove the cause of your accident
- Collecting documentation of the full range of your damages
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Recoverable Damages in a New York Scaffolding Accident Case
The damages you can recover for a New York scaffolding accident depend on several factors. These include:
- Proving liability
- Your injuries and their prognosis
- Your expenses and losses
We will work to recover compensation for the losses you have suffered. These damages may include:
Medical Treatment and Related Damages
- Ambulance transportation
- Hospital care and treatment
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Mobility equipment
- Other necessary medical equipment
- Prescription drug costs
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Doctor bills
Other Economic Damages
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of services
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident and injuries
Pain and Suffering Damages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional losses
Wrongful Death Actions
If your loved one died from the injuries they sustained in a New York scaffolding fall, we will file a wrongful death action. Call us today to learn more: 516-932-0400.
Act Now Before Time Runs Out
New York laws give us only a limited time to file a lawsuit and collect compensation for your scaffold accident injuries. We recommend you call us as soon as possible after your fall.
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Talk to a New York Scaffolding Accident & Injury Lawyer
Every member of the Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. team is a passionate advocate for the injured. We will fight for the compensation you deserve based on the facts of your case. We offer free case reviews and consultations and will help you understand how the law protects your right to a safe workplace. Our multilingual staff can assist you in English, Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, or Kannada.
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New York Scaffolding Accidents News
Worker Falls To Death From Scaffolding, No Guardrails
When compared to the same period last year, construction accidents and fatalities rose in the first seven months of 2018. This is according to the city’s Department of Buildings, which oversees construction and job site safety in the city. The number of accidents rose from 386 to 457, an 18.4% increase. The number of injuries also rose 17% from 401 to 469. Meanwhile, deaths from construction accidents doubled from four to eight. This trend seems to be repeating itself in 2019, as more reports of deadly construction accidents continue to make headlines. The Real Deal reports that a scaffold at Milstein Tower lacked safety guardrails when a worker fell to his death.
The incident occurred on May 18th at Milstein Tower, located at 335 Madison Avenue. 49-year-old Guiseppe Pagano, a resident of Queens, was working to clean debris off of a scaffold on the fifth floor. He fell through a part of the structure that was lacking safety guardrails. He fell approximately thirty feet to the second floor. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The Department of Buildings intends to file violations against the site and has issued a full stop order on the work occurring at the site. A representative from the DOB said that guardrails were required at the site. The construction management company, Sciame Construction, said that Pagano was a long-time worker for the company. A person who is representing the project said that the guardrails may have been removed by a contractor on a floor where an interior curtain wall was being installed.
The city recorded 18 construction deaths in 2018. In April, three construction workers were killed at job sites within a week. The DOB announced that it will be ensuring safety compliance by sending 90 inspectors to some 5,000 sites.
Scaffolding Collapsed At A Mega-Development. 150 workers Sue Hudson Yards
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in according to accident statistics. Each year, hundreds of construction workers are injured and quite a few are killed in accidents on construction sites across the country. In New York, statistics and reporting are maintained by the Department of Buildings. As of November 30th, 2019, there were 523 accidents reported across the five boroughs. These accidents resulted in 551 injuries and 11 fatalities. Manhattan had the greatest number of incidents with 292 accidents, followed by Brooklyn with 122 incidents.
The Commercial Observer reports that since 2013, 150 workers have sued Hudson Yards for on-the-job injuries.
On the morning of November 11, 2019, scaffolding located on the 18th floor of a $25 million Hudson Yards mega-development collapsed. There were two workers on the scaffolding when it collapsed. The work site was hit with a stop-work order after the incident, which left one worker seriously injured.
According to Department of Buildings records, the accident appeared to be the first at that site.
Court records tell a different story. Records indicate that the four injured workers were part of more than one hundred others who claim that they were injured building the 28-acre development.
Beginning in 2013 and through this year, nearly 150 workers at the site have filed personal injury lawsuits against the developer and other related companies. These lawsuits only encompass those that have been filed in the city’s Supreme Courts.
The string of lawsuits began in 2013 with a single lawsuit, which then became multiple suits in 2016 when construction on the site ramped up.
One of the most recent lawsuits was filed on January 8th by a worker who suffered traumatic head injuries as well as other life-altering injuries after a beam fell onto him on December 21st.