Have you been injured from a fall accident at a construction site in the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau or Suffolk? The Brooklyn construction site fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC specialize in helping victims of negligence in the construction industry. We fully commit to an extensive investigation into the cause of your injury and will stand beside you every step of the way. We are determined to recover the maximum funds for your injuries, medical expenses, and any lost wages. Call today for a free consultation regarding your situation.
New York Labor Law Section 240 includes some of the country’s most inclusive protection rights for employees who work at heights, such as construction workers. Workers must be provided with sturdy and safe equipment that is expressly meant for the task it is being used for. When an employer or supervisor does not follow the statute or violates the statute, then that person can be held liable for any injuries that occur due to that negligence. The most common instances of falling in a construction site are from ladders, scaffolding, and roofs.
Construction sites are a hotbed of activity, and much of that movement involves ladders, construction workers ascending and descending ladders, and many times, working while atop a ladder. Falls from ladders are one of the most common falls at a construction site, and can happen for many reasons, including structural defects or structural fatigue in the ladder, the base of the ladder slipping from not being adequately secured, the ladder becoming unstable with use, and metal ladders causing electrocution in the presence of an electrical current.
Because scaffolding is a temporary structure, often built in haste, with little planning, the risk of falls from scaffolding is higher than falls from other elevated structures in a construction site area. Scaffolding is built usually around the building structure that is being permanently erected, and will eventually be totally removed from the construction site. Falls from scaffolding or the collapse of scaffolding are very real dangers that construction workers face every day. Sections 240 and 241 of the New York Labor Law are often referred to as “Scaffold Laws” because these statutes allow those injured in a scaffolding accident to file a claim against the property owner and on-site contractor for damages, if eligible.
The construction industry is dangerous, and there are laws protecting those who have been injured due to negligence at a construction site. Our injury attorneys in Brooklyn, NY can help you recover maximum funds for injuries from a fall at a construction site. In many cases, we can recover medical expenses, lost wages, and any therapies necessary for your full recovery. Call today for a free consultation. All expenses are forwarded, and no fee is due unless we collect on your behalf.