Slips, trips, and falls can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that slip and falls account for over one million emergency room visits in the U.S. each year. And perhaps more alarmingly, they are the number one reason for missed workdays and workers’ compensation claims in a country where construction workers are the most at risk.
This is why if you or a loved one is employed as a construction worker or has been injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall 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.
Please, do not gamble with your future. If you are at risk, be proactive and prepare yourself.
You can do this by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers and speaking with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today. Call 1-800-966-4999. It won’t cost you a thing and may save you tomorrow.
COMMON CAUSES OF WORKER ACCIDENTS ON NYC CONSTRUCTION SITES
Accidents happen. Even when they shouldn’t, they do. This is especially true in construction, where workers can be injured in workplace accidents stemming from:
- Slipping — Whether due to sawdust or waxed floors, ice, or spilled liquids, these accidents can cause sprains, strains, broken bones, and even death.
- Tripping — Uneven stairs and exposed wires, as well as carelessly placed tools and workplace debris, often lead to disastrous and sometimes fatal outcomes on NYC construction sites.
- Falling — No matter the height of the fall, workers can suffer injuries that take physical, mental, and financial tolls on them and their families. Sadly, these accidents are largely preventable and oftentimes due to workplace error in the forms of inadequate warning signs, improper site maintenance, and operational negligence.
If anything here rings a bell — or sounds comparable to you or your loved one’s situation — please know: You are protected by the law!
As stated in Labor Law § 240(1): “A person employing or directing another to perform the 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.”
Accordingly, any violation of Labor Law § 240(1) that leads to an injury will result in the owner and contractor is absolutely liable for injuries and damages caused. Absolute liability means that the plaintiff (the injured employee) does not have to prove negligence on the part of the defendant (the owner or contractor). Please note: Labor Law § 240(1) violations apply to any construction project where the injured worker falls from any elevation or is injured due to a falling object.
In short: What matters is that an injury occurred when it shouldn’t have, and so, even if the injured worker may have been partially at fault, 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 slip, trip, or fall-related accident, the physical pain and suffering an injured worker may experience can be extensive. Often, physical injuries include but are not limited to:
(e.g. fractures of the legs, arms, shoulders, hips, ankles)
(e.g. brain injury, skull fractures, brain hemorrhaging)
External cuts, internal bleeding
Internal organ damage
Sprains, strains, and tears
Disc bulges and herniations
Full or partial paralysis
(e.g. quadriplegia, paraplegia)
Additionally, injuries that are not readily apparent at the time of the accident can include post-traumatic arthritis and nerve damage that can worsen over time until surgery is required.
Beyond physical injuries — for many — emotional suffering is a stark reality they must face in the days, weeks, and even years after a slip, trip, or fall.
Possible conditions include but are not limited to:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acute stress disorder (ASD)
- Substance abuse disorder (SAD)
Unfortunately, for many construction workers, their losses do not stop with the physical and mental tolls brought forth by their injuries, as economic losses often coincide in the forms of:
- Loss of wages
- Loss of pension, annuity, and other retirement benefits
- Loss of health and social security benefits
Whether you have been injured as a laborer, carpenter, crane operator, or something else, you should treat your injury as a serious matter that requires serious attention. Trust us when we say: Your health is worth it.
Moreover, the last thing you need after an accident is billed piling up. So, please, don’t wait until it’s too late. Protect your financial future right away by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers today.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A SLIP, TRIP, OR FALL AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE
At the outset of an accident, receiving proper medical care is a must for your physical and mental recovery. As such, first and foremost: Get help. If you can, seek medical attention at the emergency room, urgent care, or see your doctor right away. Because regardless of whether you believe you need immediate assistance when it comes to construction accidents and job-related injuries, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Next, one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family’s financial future is to secure expert legal representation. Also, please do not give statements to anyone — including insurance agents — without first speaking to your lawyer. Why? Because 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.
No matter how convincing they may sound, these men and women are not your allies. The truth is their job is to make profits for their company’s shareholders. Accordingly, what is best for them is to pay you as little as possible. But you can stop this from happening by politely but firmly stating that you have retained a personal injury attorney who they can speak to.
To better understand your options as they relate to slips, trips, and falls at NYC construction sites, call 1-800-966-4999 and speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.
CONSTRUCTION-RELATED ACCIDENTS AND NYC WORKERS’ RIGHTS
Did you know construction workers have special rights and protections provided 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). Furthermore, 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.
Let’s break that down.
In essence, what this means is: If you’re injured in a construction-related accident in New York, if the accident was caused in any way by the building owners’, contractors’, or your employers’ failure to provide a safe work environment, then 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 specializes in construction-related injuries, has a proven track record of success in the New York City courts, and who will fight for you every step of the way. In short: You will 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. 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 construction or someone you love has been injured due to a slip, trip, or fall in NYC, take action now and call us at 1-800-966-4999.