New York’s Scaffold Law, which is a special provision carved out under the state’s Labor Laws, allows injured workers and the family members of deceased workers, to seek compensation from negligent property owners and contractors.
For many years, this Scaffold Law has been a debated topic among New York’s lawmakers. Big business lobbyists continue to argue that the law costs too much to continue to uphold. However, these requests continue to fall upon deaf ears for good reason. Lawmakers have declined to weaken the New York Scaffold Law because it is, in most cases, the only avenue for injured construction workers to get the compensation they need after suffering catastrophic or even fatal injuries from accidents at construction sites.
Yet Another Accident To Prove the Need for the NY Scaffold Law
The fatal accident of a construction worker who was killed while checking out a malfunctioning crane boom at the future home of The Even Hotel at 2nd Avenue is yet another reminder of the inherently dangerous construction industry and the all too common risks workers face every day on the job.
The incident happened around 11:45 a.m. on Friday April 24, 2015, at 219 East 44th Street, where a 35-story hotel is rising. The victim was inspecting a malfunctioning crane boom that was on a flatbed truck parked in front of the construction site. The mechanical problem was with the boom arm of the crane. When the worker went to inspect it, the arm collapsed onto him. Emergency medical workers immediately responded to the accident scene, where they pronounced the victim’s death.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
This fatal accident is the latest in a string of construction accidents around New York City. Earlier this month, a construction worker died in an accident at the former home of French Bistro Pastis in the Meatpacking District. The week before, another worker fell to his death at a Brighton Beach development. In February, yet another construction worker was crushed to death at Greenland Forest City Partners’ Barclays Center. Without the protection of the Scaffold Law, these victims of construction accidents and their families may not be able to get the legal protection they deserve.
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inhere dangers in this kind of work. Such experience enables us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire a New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight to get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.
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