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Construction Accidents

Will I be able to be compensated if I am injured on the job at a construction site?
Yes, depending upon the facts. Workers’ Compensation will usually be available since it was an injury occurring while working on the job. Further, the law may also allow a suit against a party other than your employer. In addition to a workers’ compensation claim, under the New York State Labor Laws, the owner of a building being worked on and the General Contractor may be responsible for the injury caused to a worker. Any contractor supervising the worker may also be legally responsible for the accident. There are several sections of the New York State Labor Law that may apply and only an experienced construction accident attorney will be able to properly advise an accident victim about his legal rights.

If I fall from a scaffold or ladder, will I have a lawsuit?
Generally, a fall from a scaffold or ladder will impose liability, but not every case. There are many factors involved, including whether safety devices were provided and whether the worker failed to use available protective devices. Some common sense rules apply and if a scaffold breaks from underneath a worker or a ladder falls down for no apparent reason, there will generally be liability against the owner or contractor. However, only an experienced New York construction accident attorney will be able to evaluate the merits of the case.

What if an object falls on me from above at a construction site?
Generally, an object falling on a construction worker will also impose liability, but the facts of the case must be reviewed before any determination of liability is made.

What if I am injured during a demolition of a building?
If a building falls down injuring a person or dirt caves in from insufficient shoring, the owner or general contractor may be liable.

What if I am an illegal or undocumented worker involved in a construction accident?
The law in New York State protects undocumented workers involved in construction accidents as well as other personal injury lawsuits. There are some cases however when such a worker may be prevented from pursuing a claim for lost wages. This will depend upon a number of factors including whether the employer knew the worker was undocumented and whether the worker submitted false documentation to deceive the employer about his work status. Regardless, the undocumented worker will always have a right to recover for his pain and suffering like any other injured worker.

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Construction Accident


$1.7 million verdict in New York County against the driver of a delivery truck who struck a man as he was crossing the street within the crosswalk in Manhattan.

Motor Vehicle Accident


$3.6 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a Spanish speaking construction worker who fell off a 6 foot ladder and landed onto metal and wooden debris. The worker required lumbar spinal surgery for his injuries and needed surgeries to both knees from the fall. The worker could not return to work and suffered depression from his injuries resulting in a suicide attempt.

Construction Accident


$3.2 million verdict in Queens Supreme Court for an undocumented Polish speaking construction worker who fell 12 feet during a demolition project. The worker fractured a vertebrae and herniated several discs in his spine requiring surgery. The plaintiff was unable to return back to work due to his injuries.

Motor Vehicle Accident


$1.5 million verdict in Supreme Court Kings County for a woman struck by a car that jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian while standing on the sidewalk across from Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Slip And Fall Accident


$1.9 million verdict in New York Supreme Court for a bank manager who slipped and fell on a wet floor, resulting in spinal injuries. The building owner knew about a recurring leak inside the basement cafeteria but failed to correct the problem.

Construction Accident


$2 million settlement in Queens Supreme Court for Polish construction worker who fell 2 stories from a bucket. The worker’s supervisor told the construction worker to ride the material bucket down to use the bathroom because it would save time. The worker fractured his pelvis in several places requiring surgery and was unable to return to work.

Medical Malpractice


Defense counsel offers 11 cents to settle before trial and the jury renders a verdict of $4.5 million dollars for a medical malpractice victim and his wife. The action was commenced in New York Supreme Court for a patient who suffered massive internal bleeding during a lower back surgery when the surgeon negligently cut an artery and failed to promptly treat the condition, causing a loss of oxygen and injury to the brain. The anesthesiologist failed to properly monitor the patient’s vitals during the surgery and alert the surgeon of the drop in blood pressure.



$1.25 million settlement in New York Supreme Court against building owner for negligent security that caused two women to be assaulted while leaving work. A masked man entered their elevator from a floor that was supposed to be closed off for construction. The assailant used a metal pipe to attack the two women. The two women split the settlement monies.

Construction Accident


$1.5 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a construction worker who was struck by a piece of concrete that fell on his head and back. Workers above were chipping concrete despite knowing that people were working directly below them. The plaintiff required surgery on his neck but made a good recovery.

Medical Malpractice


$3.9 million settlement in Supreme Court Kings County for a Brooklyn man who suffered a stroke shortly following an eye surgery. The patient was given medical clearance for local anesthesia but instead was placed under general anesthesia for 7 hours. The patient’s blood pressure was not well controlled resulting in a 30 minute hypertensive emergency near the end of the operation. The patient died after 7 years of living in different nursing homes.


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