Construction is a dangerous business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “NYC construction fatality rates are more than five times higher than all NYC industries.” Unfortunately, unsafe working conditions too often contribute to statistics like this.
For construction workers, work-related falls from ladders are no exception. And while many times preventable, these accidents still account for nearly one-fifth of all fatal falls on construction sites in NYC, where an active project can be expected every two-and-a-half blocks.
This is why if you or a loved one has been involved in a ladder-related fall in NYC, you need an experienced personal injury 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.
For more on accidents involving falls from ladders, as well as information on NYC construction workers’ rights and practical steps you can take in order to protect yourself and your family, please continue reading.
TYPES OF LOSSES AND INJURIES YOU MIGHT SUSTAIN AS THE RESULT OF A LADDER FALL
With any ladder fall, the physical pain and suffering an injured person experiences can be extensive. They may include but are not limited to:
E.g. fractures of the legs, arms, shoulders, hips, ankles
E.g. brain injury, skull fractures, brain hemorrhaging
Full or Partial
E.g. quadriplegia, paraplegia
Additionally, 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 that over time may worsen to the point of requiring surgery.
Unfortunately, many injured persons’ losses do not stop there, as economic losses can include:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of pension and annuity
- Loss of health and social security benefits
As well, injured workers may experience accident-related emotional suffering in the form(s) of: Depression, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
If you or someone you love has fallen from a ladder and been injured, the last thing you need is bills piling up. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect your financial future right away by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers today.
WORKERS’ RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF A LADDER FALL ON A NYC CONSTRUCTION SITE
Did you know that construction workers have special rights and protections offered to them by the law? That’s right, they do — 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).
- Moreover, 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 injured on a New York construction site via ladder (i.e. in a fall, or as the result of another’s falling), and if the accident is in any way due to the building owners’, contractors’, or your employers’ failure to provide a safe work environment with appropriate tools/devices to perform the task at hand, then they are at fault and you may be legally entitled to compensation.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A LADDER-RELATED ACCIDENT ON A NYC CONSTRUCTION SITE
If you or a loved one are injured, maimed, disabled, or killed in a ladder-related fall on a construction site, it is critical 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, as anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you. Furthermore, it is imperative that you not accept any form of settlement, monetary or otherwise.
Remember: 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 telling them that you have retained a personal injury attorney and cannot speak to them.
FINDING THE ATTORNEY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
However unique your case, you will want someone who specializes in construction-related 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 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 ladder-related injury on a NYC construction site, take action today and call us now at 1-800-966-4999.
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