Construction Accident Lawyer NYC

If you are hurt in a construction accident in New York City, you will face a lot of challenges: medical issues, lost wages, family problems, and more. You should not have to worry about the legal representation you choose. You need an experienced law firm familiar with the complexities of construction accident law and New York labor law, who is willing to fight for you even if it means going up against a large corporation or a government entity like the city of New York, NY.

The construction accident attorneys at Goidel & Siegel know that you will need resources in the event that you're unable to return to work or medical bills start piling up. You need personal injury lawyers who will fight to secure compensation that you might need to rely on for a long time into the future. With everything else you'll face following an accident on a construction site, you should never need to wonder if your attorneys are doing everything possible to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.

All you need to do is take a look at Goidel & Siegel's track record of securing six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts for clients hurt in construction accidents all over New York City to know that when it comes to facing negligent entities, we won't back down.

Maximum Compensation For New York Construction Accident Victims

There are thousands of active construction sites at any given time in New York City. Construction workers face serious hazards and risks on a daily basis, and construction accidents that could and should have been prevented are unfortunately common. In addition, other industrial occupations often create exposure to dangerous equipment and an array of other injury risks. For construction workers hurt on the job, help is available.

If Negligence Caused Your Work Site Accident, We Will Go The Distance To Prove It

Workers' compensation benefits are available to the great majority of New York employees hurt on the job. However, those benefits are strictly limited in amount and duration. After any life-altering or fatal workplace accident, it can be crucial to consult attorneys with successful experience prosecuting third-party claims against negligent property owners and other liable entities or individuals.

At Goidel & Siegel, LLP in Manhattan, our lawyers have decades of experience representing people injured on construction sites and other work sites. Specifically, founding partner Jonathan Goidel is widely respected for his knowledge of New York's Labor Law and Industrial Code rules. In numerous cases, we have helped our clients obtain financial compensation far exceeding what was available under workers' comp laws.

Our firm's prior successes in this nuanced area of personal injury law include:

  • Obtaining a $3.5 million total settlement from multiple New York City defendants for an elevator worker who fell & suffered fractures and internal injuries when his work platform collapsed, causing him to fall down an unguarded elevator shaft
  • Obtaining a $2.1 million settlement for a worker who fell from scaffolding, endured the impact of falling sheet metal, and suffered devastating knee injuries

Types of Construction Site Accidents

Construction is one of the most dangerous professions in New York City. Hundreds of construction workers are hurt each year, and according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018, 22 workers died on the job as the result of construction accidents.

Most construction accident injuries in New York fall under the umbrella of the "Fatal Four:" falls, electrical injuries or electrocution, being struck by an object, and being caught in or between pieces of equipment. Employers must provide reasonable and adequate protection, and if they are negligent, you may be able to file a construction accident lawsuit. Regardless of the type of accident, if you are an injured construction worker, you may have a personal injury lawsuit or a construction accident case:

  • Brazing and Welding Accidents
  • Building Collapse Accidents
  • Construction Vehicle Accidents
  • Crane Accidents
  • Dangerous Tools & Machinery
  • Falling Object Injuries
  • Electrocution and Electric Shock Accidents
  • Equipment Malfunction Accidents
  • Excavation Accidents
  • Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
  • Fire and Explosions
  • Forklift Accidents
  • Ladder Accidents
  • Nail Gun Accidents
  • Roof Accidents
  • Scaffolding Accidents

Causes of Construction Accidents

While not every accident can be prevented, the sad fact is that too many can. Construction workers should be able to expect safe working conditions, but due to negligence, that is unfortunately not always the case. Much of the time, serious injuries on construction sites can be traced back to the same situations on the construction site:

  • Defective equipment and machinery
  • Improperly installed or secured scaffolding
  • Lack of protective equipment
  • Lack of adequate training when dealing with heavy or dangerous machinery
  • Lack of clear communication
  • Lack of supervision
  • All of these factors can contribute to a construction worker suffering an injury due to someone else's negligence

If you believe one of these factors applies to your situation, you should contact an experienced NYC construction accident lawyer as soon as possible to hold the negligent party responsible.

NYC Scaffolding Law (Section 240)

New York Labor Law aims to protect workers by dictating that scaffolding installed 20 feet or more above the ground must have a safety rail at least 34 inches high, and the railing must cover all sides and ends of the scaffolding, with nothing more than openings necessary to deliver materials.

The law further states that scaffolding must be able to bear four times the maximum weight, and it must be properly secured to the building to prevent swaying.

Under the law, strict liability applies, meaning that a victim doesn't have to show carelessness to get compensation, so long as lawyers can show a violation of Section 240.

Duty to Provide Safe Working Conditions (Section 200)

This section of the NYC Labor Code states that contractors and owners are obligated to provide a safe environment to workers on the job site. This includes safe and properly functioning equipment and machinery. Dangerous conditions must be repaired, and contractors and owners have a duty to inform workers of any potentially dangerous conditions.

Types of Construction Accident Cases and Compensation

If you or a loved one are hurt in a New York construction accident, it can have a major impact on your life. Those injured in construction accidents face not only medical bills and lost wages, but pain and suffering, loss of activities you once enjoyed, and damage to your family and social life. In construction accident cases including wrongful death, we will make a thorough assessment of what injured workers may be entitled to. Some of the types of compensation we can fight for in a construction accident personal injury lawsuit include:

  • Payment for past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages both present and future
  • Awards for pain and suffering / loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional trauma / therapy-related expenses
  • Compensation for disfigurement or scarring
  • Punitive damages in types of construction accidents that involve extreme misconduct

If you were injured on a construction job site, contact us to discuss your case. We will make sure you have the information you need to know about New York labor laws, workers compensation benefits, and dealing with insurance companies. Injured construction workers will always have an advocate who will defend them against even large corporations and government entities. We have won six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements for construction site injuries.

Keep in mind, for workers compensation insurance, you have 30 days following an accident to notify your employer. If you are self-employed, you may not have access to workers compensation, and legal representation to see you are awarded what you are owed is even more important.

Those hurt on construction sites have three years to file a personal injury claim. If you are injured in a construction case, it's always best to speak to an a lawyer right away.

Comparative Fault in New York Construction Accident Cases

Unless you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the construction accident or you caused the accident on purpose, you will be entitled to workers compensation, which is a no-fault system.

In a lawsuit, it is possible to be compensated even if both parties (you and someone else) were responsible. However, the responsible party might try to shift responsibility to you, especially if they have resources that they think they can use to intimidate you. Don't let your employer or an insurance company tell you you've lost your right to compensation until you speak to an experienced construction accident lawyer.

The attorneys of Goidel & Siegel have never been intimidated by large corporations or government entities. We have never let them stand in the way of getting justice and maximum compensation for our clients, and we never will.

The Third-Party Claims Process

If you are injured in a New York City construction accident and lose your right to file a lawsuit against your employer because of workers compensation, other parties may remain liable, including:

  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Property owners
  • Engineers and architects
  • Manufacturers of defective products

Because the key to winning awards from these parties involves demonstrating their negligence, you need a construction accident attorney who is well-versed in looking at a case from every angle, familiar with New York State Labor Law, experienced in taking construction accident cases to trial, and perhaps most importantly, willing to fight for you regardless of the size or resources of the opposition.

At Goidel & Siegel, our record of victories is all the proof you need of our experience, tenacity, and commitment to getting New York City construction accident victims the compensation they deserve.

Benefit From A Free Consultation and Case Evaluation

If you are an injured construction worker, general contractor, or anyone else hurt in a construction site accident, we will fight to secure the compensation you need to face the future.

Our results on behalf of construction workers and others have elicited respect and admiration from many attorneys practicing primarily in other areas of law. We are honored to receive many referrals from lawyers familiar with our diligence and focus on client service when representing work site injury victims. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, please call (212) 840-3737 or reach out to us via email.