In 2020, nearly 1,500 demolition permits were issued in NYC alone. That’s over a thousand construction sites with workers performing their duties around the clock, tearing down metal by the ton, knocking down walls, cleaning up debris, and breaking through hazardous structures that, sturdy as they may seem, can collapse without warning — causing serious injury and, as is too often the case, death.
This is why if you or a loved one works in demolition, or has been injured in a demolition-related accident in NYC, knowing your rights is incredibly important. They exist for your protection, to keep you and your family from losing the money and benefits you are entitled to. In short, the law is on your side — but you must take action right away.
Don’t wait until it’s too late and don’t gamble with your future. Be proactive and prepare yourself.
You can do this by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers and speaking with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today. We can be reached at 1-800-966-4999. A phone call will not cost you a thing and may save you tomorrow.
For more on demolition practices, accidents, workers’ rights, and practical steps you can take to protect yourself and your family, please continue reading.
Common causes of demolition-related accidents on NYC construction sites
Accidents can occur anywhere, anytime. This is especially true if you or someone you love is works in demolition, where common causes include but are not limited to:
Premature activities — Be it via explosives, structural collapses, or something else, when detonations occur earlier than scheduled, the results can be fatal.
Worker falls — Whether due to a trip, slip, drop, or something else, these potentially fatal accidents involve demolition workers falling from any height.
Mechanical issues — Faulty machinery and power tools are just a few of the ways in which NYC demolition workers can be injured or even killed on the job.
Operational negligence — If a worksite or its equipment is poorly operated or maintained the results can be tragic. Sadly, improper maintenance practices cause hundreds of construction injuries every year.
Missing guards and other protections — Every worksite in NYC that is under construction, out-of-order, or just isn’t up to code, is a danger. This is especially true if the site isn’t properly secured by all necessary rails, ramps, and other legally required safety measures.
Fires, explosions, and collapses — chemicals and other flammable materials that demolition workers regularly interact with on the job can create deadly situations, as can poorly supported physical structures such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings.
If for any reason you have been injured in a demolition-related accident on a NYC construction site, please know you are protected by the law!
As stated in Labor Law § 240(1): “A person employing or directing another to perform labor of any kind… on a building or structure shall furnish… devices which shall be so constructed, placed, and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed or directed.”
Any violation of Labor Law § 240(1) that leads to injury results in absolute liability for the owner and contractor for injuries and damages caused. Absolute liability means that the Plaintiff (i.e., injured employee) does not have to prove negligence on the part of the Defendant (the owner or contractor). In short: what matters is that an injury occurred when it shouldn’t have, and the responsible party (i.e., the owner of the building and contractor) should still be held 100% liable.
ACCIDENT-RELATED INJURIES AND LOSSES
With any accident involving demolition, the physical pain and suffering an injured worker may experience can be catastrophic. Physical injuries may include but are not limited to:
(i.e., fractures of the legs, arms, shoulders, hips, ankles)
(i.e., skull fractures, brain injury)
(i.e., chemical, electrical, heat)
Symptoms of a Injury
As well, injuries that are not readily apparent at the time of the accident can include tears, strains and sprains, herniated and bulging discs, and nerve damage, all of which may worsen over time until surgery is required.
In addition to physical injuries, emotional suffering often occurs in the aftermath of demolition-related accidents. Possible conditions include but are not limited to:
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
Unfortunately for many injured workers, losses do not always stop at the physical and mental and can cross over into financial pain and losses as well. This can include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of pension, annuity, and other retirement benefits
- Loss of health and social security benefits
- Loss of property as a result of ancillary economic losses
Suffice it to say, if you are injured on the job, the last thing you need is bills piling up. To protect yourself from this scenario and others like it, call Schwartzapfel Lawyers today. It would be our honor and privilege to help keep you and your financial future secure.
What to do in the event of a demolition accident on a construction site?
At the outset of any demolition-related accident receiving proper medical care is a must for your physical and mental recovery. Therefore, first and foremost: Get help.
If you can, visit the emergency room or see your doctor right away. Whether or not you believe you need immediate assistance, when it comes to demolition, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Next, to keep what you have and fight for what you deserve, it is important to secure expert legal representation. Furthermore, please do not give statements to anyone — including insurance agents — without first speaking with your lawyer. Why? Anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you.
No matter how convincing they may sound, these men and women are not your ally. Insurance companies exist to make profits for their shareholders, and what is best for them is to pay as little as possible to Plaintiffs. You can prevent this from happening by politely but firmly telling the insurance carrier that you have retained a personal injury attorney and that you cannot speak to them.
To better understand your options as they relate to any demolition-related accident or injury, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today. Call 1-800-966-4999.
Workers’ rights in the event of a demolition-related accident on a NYC construction site
Did you know that construction workers have special rights and protections provided to them by the law — especially in NYC!
- Pursuant to New York’s Labor Laws, building owners and contractors are responsible for providing “safe working conditions and safe places to work.” (New York State Department of Labor: § 23-1.3).
- Additionally, 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.
So, what does this mean? In essence, if you are injured in a demolition-related accident in New York, and if the accident is in any way due to a building owner, contractor, or employer’s failure to provide a safe work environment, they are at fault and you may be legally entitled to compensation.
Finding the attorney that’s right for YOU
However unique your case, you will want someone who is experienced in NYC construction law, has a proven track record, and who will fight for you every step of the way. In short, you want the best personal injury representation available.
For more than 35 years, Schwartzapfel Lawyers has successfully helped thousands of clients get the money and benefits they are entitled to. We are proud of our hundreds of 5-star Google Reviews and 99% client satisfaction record. Moreover, we have every incentive to get you the largest settlement or verdict possible, as quickly as possible. Why? Because if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing.
So if you work in demolition or someone you love has been injured in a demolition-related accident, take action and call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
So if you or a loved one has suffered a machinery-related injury in New York State, take action today and call us now at 1-800-966-4999 today.