New York has carved out a special provision in its Labor Law, known as the Scaffold Law, to provide injured workers, or the family members of deceased workers, a legal avenue to seek compensation from negligent contractors and property owners for injuries or wrongful death.
This law has been a hot topic for Albany lawmakers for years. Big business lobbyists have repeatedly argued that this law is archaic, unnecessary and bad for the construction business. However, each request to revise the law has been met with resistance from the Legislature – and for good reason. Albany lawmakers are right to decline to weaken the Scaffold Law because it is still much needed.
Yet Another Accident To Prove the Need for the NY Scaffold Law
The devastating accident of a construction worker who fell four stories, head first, off the side of a building he was working at is yet another reminder of the dangers faced by construction workers who work on elevated areas where there is a high risk of falling.
The victim was not provided a safety belt. There was no safety net. No perimeter protection. He was not provided with any safety equipment which could have prevented this accident or reduced the extent of his injuries. To make matters worse, the steel beam he had been told to wok on was not properly constructed. The accident resulted in a coma, two hospital stays, and countless surgeries.
While the victim is alive, he is unable to use his right hand and unable to do simple things, like button his shirt or pants, without assistance. This is exactly why the Scaffold Law is still needed – to provide compensation for construction workers who got 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 the necessary experience, knowledge and resources 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.