The New York Scaffold Law, a special provision carved out under the state’s Labor Laws, provides injured workers and the family members of deceased workers, a legal avenue to obtain compensation from negligent property owners and contractors.
The New York Scaffold Law has been a debated topic for New York lawmakers. While big business lobbyists have argued that the law costs too much, each request has fallen upon deaf ears – and for good reason. Lawmakers have declined to weaken this law because it is still needed for the numerous construction workers who risk their lives every day at inherently dangerous construction sites.
Yet Another Accident To Prove the Need for the NY Scaffold Law
The devastating accident of a construction worker who was installing a “green roof” on top of the Barclays Center is yet another reminder of the dangers construction workers face while working at constructions sites.
Hardhat Peter Zepf, a 52-year-old iron worker, was helping to move the massive beams from a truck onto a hoist when several pieces fell on top of him. According to a fellow construction worker, the load was top heavy and when the truck driver unhooked it without instruction, the pieces toppled on top of the victim.
Emergency medical responders responded to the accident and rushed Zepf to Brooklyn Hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead. While authorities are still investigating the accident, this tragic accident could have most likely been avoided. This is exactly why the Scaffold Law is still needed – to provide compensation for construction workers who get injured due to the negligent acts of contractors or property owners.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a construction site accident, you know how serious the injuries can be. There has been an on-going attempt by construction companies and their insurance allies to weaken New York’s Scaffold Laws. Without the protection of these laws, victims of construction site 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.