Buildings collapse. Unexpectedly, catastrophically, and, in the case of New York City, far too often. Which is why knowing your rights and having a plan in place in the event of a building collapse-related injury or death is so critical.
In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that, while construction workers made up less than 4.5% of the American workforce, they accounted for more than 19% of the nation’s worker fatalities — that’s a 429% discrepancy! And in NYC, where more than one million buildings and eight million people coexist, no industry is more lethal. Still, building owners, contractors, and employers will do everything they can to escape liability. This means they will never admit fault. They will deny responsibility and do everything within their power to deny you from receiving the money and benefits you are entitled to.
This is why if you or a loved one has been involved in a construction site building collapse in NYC, you need an experienced building collapse attorney. Don’t gamble with your family’s future. Allow Schwartzapfel Lawyers the privilege of handling your case so that you may focus on your health and recovery. Take action today and call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
For more on building collapse injuries and NYC construction workers’ rights, as well as practical steps to take in order to protect yourself and your family, please continue reading.
Types of injuries you might sustain in a building collapse on a NYC construction site
In the event of a building collapse, the extent of physical and emotional pain and suffering, and the losses and harms an affected worker suffers are extensive. As well, economic losses can be much greater than just loss of wages. They can include loss of pension, annuity, health benefits, future health costs, social security benefits, and household services.
Direct physical injuries include the obvious:
1.) Broken bones (e.g. fractures of the legs, arms, shoulders, hips, ankles — to name a few)
2.) Dislocations (e.g. shoulder subluxation, hip luxation)
3.) Head trauma (e.g. brain injury, skull fractures, brain hemorrhaging)
4.) Full or partial paralysis (e.g. quadriplegic, paraplegic)
Additional injuries that are not readily apparent at the time of the accident include tears, strains and sprains, herniated and bulging discs, as well as nerve damage. Over time, these injuries to the neck, back, shoulders, knees, and other joints often worsen to the point of requiring surgery.
Workers injured in building collapses may also suffer mentally. As with physical injuries, many symptoms may not appear right away.
Building collapse-related emotional suffering may include but is not limited to:
3.) Substance use disorder (SUD)
4.) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you or someone you love has suffered a building collapse injury on a construction site, it is important to protect your financial future right away. The last thing you need is bills piling up. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Act now and call today so you can focus on you or your loved one’s health and recovery. Having the right attorney can make this possible and will provide for you and your family’s financial future.
If you would like to speak to a representative at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, please call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
Workers’ rights in the event of a building collapse on a NYC construction site
Construction workers have special rights and protections offered to them by the law.
As a result of New York State having more skyscrapers than any other state in the country, New York has specific laws placing strict liability on owners and contractors to ensure the safety of construction workers from elevation-related risks such as falls from any height and injuries due to falling objects.
In fact, New York’s labor laws exist solely to serve and protect New York State construction workers by holding building owners and contractors responsible for failing to provide “safe working conditions and safe places to work,” (New York State Department of Labor: § 23-1.3). Also, construction workers in New York and NYC must be provided with sufficient safety devices to perform their jobs, including, but not limited to, work materials and a controlled working environment. Failure to comply on any level, and the responsible party is liable for the construction worker’s sustained losses and harms.
What this means is if you are a construction worker at a New York construction site where a building collapses, if the collapse is in any way due to the building owners’, contractors’, or your employers’ negligence — from failure to correct fire damage to improper welding inspections or shoring up of trenches — they are at fault, and you may be legally entitled to compensation.
For more information on this subject, please call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
What to do if you are injured in a building collapse on a NYC construction site
If a building collapses on a construction site and you or a loved one is injured, maimed, disabled, or killed as a result, it is imperative that you secure legal representation right away. Do not give statements to anyone without first speaking to your lawyer. Do not speak to insurance agents before speaking to your lawyer. Anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you. Also, do not accept any form of settlement (monetary or otherwise). No matter how convincing they may sound, these men and women are not your ally. Insurance companies exist to make profits for their shareholders. What is best for them is a quick and easy way out. You can prevent this by politely, but firmly, telling them you retained a building collapse attorney and that you cannot speak to them.
Finding the attorney that’s right for YOU
You will want someone with experience who specializes in building collapse injuries, has a proven track record in New York City, and who will fight for you every step of the way. In short: you want the best personal injury representation available.
For more than thirty-five years, Schwartzapfel Lawyers has successfully helped thousands of people get the money and benefits they are entitled to. We are proud of our hundreds of 5-star Google Reviews, 99% client satisfaction record, and we have every incentive to get you the largest settlement or verdict possible, as quickly as possible.
If we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing.
So if you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a building collapse on a construction site in NYC, take action today and
call us now at 1-800-966-4999.