Have You Suffered a Construction Related Injury?
If you or a loved one has sustained a construction related injury in the state of New York you need to know that there is help available for you. Construction accidents can be very serious, and in many tragic cases, fatal. There are laws protecting certain rights that you have as a construction worker and the proper legal counsel can help you avail yourself of these. Contact a personal injury attorney from our firm today to find out what your next step toward compensation for your losses should be.
If you are a construction worker you may know that 1 in 10 construction workers is injured every year with the leading cause of work related traumatic injuries and death being falls from scaffolding. For this reason New York Labor Law Section 240, also known as the “Scaffold Law” was adopted to give specialized assistance to victims of such injuries. In addition to ladder and scaffolding injuries there are numerous other types of construction related injuries including:
- Falling Debris
- Defective machinery
- Crane accidents
- Road work
- Ladder & Scaffolding Falls
- Unsafe Construction Sites
If you are a victim of any construction related injury it is important that you know what to do. Any construction related personal injury including slip and fall injuries, burn injuries and various catastrophic injuries requires you to be certain a detailed report of the accident is given to your employer including any witnesses to the occurrence. Your employer may be held responsible for your injuries if any of the following conditions existed:
- Inadequate staffing
- Inadequate training of personnel
- Failure to provide warning of unsafe conditions
- Failure to maintain work tools and machinery
Violation of OSHA Laws
If your employer was found to be in violation of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) code, then you may be entitled to compensation. OSHA estimates that there are nearly seven million construction workers across the nation. Taking this into consideration, the occupational fatality rate is much higher than what is considered normal, and any fatality rate is unacceptable. Due to the unacceptably high fatality rate in this industry, construction is one of OSHA’s most highly regulated industries. Industry-wide standards include demanding that employers provide fall protection equipment, guaranteeing the stability and proper use of ladders, providing anti-slip treads on stairways and many other regulations. If you were injured in a construction accident and an investigation shows that your employer was not following the necessary industry guidelines, then you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation.
The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. For Construction Accident Victims
Construction accidents often occur as a result of someone’s neglect, negligence or failure to act. In many instances construction accidents are quite serious and leave the victim with an inability to continue working in their chosen professional, and in worst case scenarios, a permanent disability. At The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. we fight for the rights of construction workers so that they can receive maximum financial compensation. Our firm has experience going up against large companies and insurance agencies, and we will fight aggressively on your behalf. We offer strong, aggressive legal representation with a constant commitment and immediate response to our clients. With extensive experience in plaintiff’s personal injury, we have the skill and practical litigation experience to bring about the best possible outcome for your legal pursuits. Contact a construction accident attorney from our firm today to discuss your legal needs.