New York Ladder and Scaffold Accident Attorneys
Construction has increasingly become a deadly industry to work in, especially in New York, where workers routinely dangle from skyscrapers. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), an estimated 2.3 million construction workers work on scaffolds. Every year, more than 4,500 injuries and 60 scaffold-related deaths are reported. A recent study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 72 percent of construction workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to plank giving way or slipping.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction accident involving a ladder or scaffolding, it is in your best interest to hire an aggressive law firm to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. The NYC scaffolding lawyers at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have more than three decades of experience protecting the rights of construction accident victims in New York and New Jersey. We are well respected by our clients and peers in fighting for the rights of our injured clients. We have obtained many of the largest verdicts and settlements in New York.
New York Laws Protect Injured Scaffolding Accident Victims
Like other types of construction site accidents, most ladder and scaffold accidents can be prevented if construction companies and property owners follow important rules and regulations. When these parties fail to follow the safety guidelines, workers can get seriously injured or even die. In an effort to protect construction accident victims, New York passed two specific laws dealing with scaffold and ladder accidents:
- Section 240 – provides special provisions pertaining to workers who are injured by or on scaffolds, ladders, hosts, stays, slings, hangers, pulleys, irons, ropes, blocks, braces, and other similar devices. Under this section, a New York construction accident attorney can bring a claim against the site owner or general contractor who fails to properly maintain safety equipment at elevated sites in violation of the law by holding them strictly liable for the victim’s resulting injuries.
- Section 241(6) –requires the general contractor and/or owner to comply with all provisions of the New York Industrial Code. Architects, subcontractors and manufacturers of equipment may also be held responsible for inadequate safety precautions.
In order to determine who is responsible for a construction accident, your New York construction accident attorney must be intimately familiar with the state’s Labor Laws. The legal team at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. knows the law and has experience in applying it to hold the right parties accountable for the injuries you have suffered.
There are a number of potential hazards at almost every construction site in the five boroughs of New York and throughout the country. Workers are often seriously injured in workplace accidents involving falling objects, heavy machinery, improperly assembled scaffoldings, improper signaling, poor maintenance of the construction site and other negligent oversights.
The impact of these construction site accidents can be devastating for the workers, resulting in life-altering injuries, including:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Severe burns and lacerations
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Shoulder and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Regardless of what caused your injuries, you should consult with a New York construction accident lawyer as you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
We will help you obtain compensation for your past and future medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and any other out of pocket expenses you incurred as a result of your accident.
Different Types of Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents
Our NYC construction accident lawyers have recovered successful verdicts and settlements for individual who have been injured while working on ladders and scaffold in New York and New Jersey. Construction site injuries can occur as a result of many different types of scaffolding and ladders, including:
- Baker scaffolds
- Mobile scaffolds
- Suspension scaffolds
- Scissor lifts
- Pipe scaffolds
If you or a loved one has been injured on any of these types of scaffolds or ladders, our law firm can provide you with legal advice about your rights and options for recovery. Our legal team will provide you with the honest advice and answers you need to make an informed decision about your case.
What To Do After a Ladder and Scaffolding Accident
The steps you take or fail to take after a ladder and scaffolding accident can impact the outcome of your claim. To ensure you protect your legal right and ability to obtain the full compensation that you deserve, you should consider the following important steps after an accident involving ladders and scaffolding:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Photograph the scene of the accident
- Report the accident to the construction company and the property owner
- Keep any evidence relating to the accident
These are all important steps to take after any type of construction site accident. However, perhaps the most important thing to do is to consult with an experienced attorney who specifically handles construction site accidents involving ladders and scaffolding.
Call Us Today
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a ladder or scaffolding accident in New York or New Jersey, you need knowledgeable and experienced attorneys on your side. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have been winning cases involved people in these types of cases for over 39 years.
In order to ensure the best possible resolution of your case, it is important to schedule a consultation with a New York City construction accident lawyer at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. by calling (212) 385-4410. Our consults are free. We look forward to hear your story, answer your questions and lay out all of your available options.
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