New York has a special provision carved out under its Labor Laws called the Scaffold Law, which allows injured construction workers and the family members of deceased workers to seek compensation from negligent property owners and contractors.
This Scaffold Law has been the topic of debate for many years. The big business lobbyists’ continued argument that the law is too expensive to continue to uphold has repetitively fallen upon deaf ears for good reason. The New York Scaffold Law is in essence the only avenue for seriously injured construction workers to obtain the fair compensation they deserve after suffering catastrophic or even fatal injuries from construction site accidents.
Another Fatal Construction Accident Proves the Need for the NY Scaffold Law
The fatal accident of a construction worker who died after plummeting 4 stories down an elevator shaft at the Hell’s Kitchen building in Manhattan is yet another reminder of the inherently dangerous construction industry and the all too common risks construction workers face every day on the job.
The incident happened around 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25th near 42nd Street. The unidentified 30-year-old victim was walking across a wooden beam bridging the gap over an elevator shaft on the Ninth Avenue construction site when he plunged four stories. He landed in 5 feet of standing water that was at the bottom of the elevator shaft after the accident in Hell’s Kitchen. He was ambulanced to Bellevue Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Records show that in June, only a few months earlier, someone walking by the construction site filed a complaint with the Department of Building for getting hit with debris. The individual claimed that there was insufficient netting at the site.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
This accident is yet another fatality in the latest string of construction accidents in the New York City area. Although some construction site accidents cannot be avoided, most can. Nevertheless, without the protection of the Scaffold Law, these victims of construction accidents and their families may not be able to obtain 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.