Crushers, shredders, skid loaders, bin tippers, excavators, generators — the list of machines on a New York construction site is endless, heavy, and dangerous — which, if you’re a New Yorker, probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Construction is part of our circadian rhythm. It happens every day and every night. Unfortunately, so do construction-related incidents.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of all construction-related fatalities in New York City in 2018 involved heavy machinery of some sort, which is why if you or a loved one works in construction or has suffered a machinery-related accident in New York, it is critical that you know your rights.
Don’t wait. An experienced construction accident attorney will explain them to you in your first consultation, free of charge and with no obligation.
For this and more, please call 1-800-966-4999 and allow Schwartzapfel Lawyers the privilege and honor of helping you help yourself.
HEAVY MACHINERY ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK
Construction is necessary. It plays a vital role in providing all our basic needs. Supermarkets store food — they require air conditioning and electricity. Aqueducts deliver water — they’re lined with concrete. Buildings and homes keep us sheltered — most have intricate plumbing systems. Construction is also the most dangerous occupation in New York City, as each year hundreds of thousands of injuries occur at construction job sites.
Types of Heavy Machinery-Related Injuries
Vehicle-on-vehicle / vehicle-on-worker collisions
Falls from any height
These injuries can be caused by machine malfunction, outdated equipment, lack of safety checks, inattentive operators, and many other issues in which the injured worker is in no way at fault. Moreover, 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.”
This means that if a construction worker is injured on the job as a result of a Labor Law § 240(1) violation, then the responsible party (i.e. the building’s owner or contractor) is to be held absolutely liable for damages caused, which can include: physical injuries such as broken bones and head trauma, mental suffering in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, and financial hardship as a result of hospital, rehabilitation, and other medical bills.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A HEAVY MACHINERY-RELATED ACCIDENT
If you or a loved one has been injured, maimed, disabled, or killed as a result of heavy machinery on a construction site, it is imperative that you secure legal representation right away.
- Do not give statements to anyone without first speaking to your lawyer, as anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you
- When addressed on the matter, you should politely but firmly say that you have retained an attorney and that you are unable to speak to them at this time.
FINDING THE ATTORNEY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
You will want an attorney who specializes in construction law, has a proven track record, and will fight for you every step of the way.
For more than thirty-five 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, and we have every incentive to get you the largest settlement or verdict possible, as quickly as possible, because if we don’t win your case you owe us nothing.
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.