Safety is the Number One Concern for Commuters and Construction Workers

Much of New York City transportation is below ground, including the extensive NYC subway system and underwater tunnels that provide ingress and egress on and off the island. In addition, our water mains and electrical and cable wires are strung far below the land and riverbed.

The millions of people who use these systems daily rarely consider whether these underground structures are safely engineered, constructed and maintained until an accident occurs. Construction crewmembers responsible for building this important infrastructure know all to well the serious dangers they encounter each day on the job.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is a respected personal injury and wrongful death law firm. We represent clients who have been injured in construction, mass transit, traffic and other types of accidents in New York City and throughout the surrounding communities.

We have refined our processes during our more than 30 years in practice and we regularly consult with the top experts in construction-related accidents and injuries. We apply our substantial skills, resources and expertise to get you your rightful money and benefits as quickly as possible.

Tunneling Construction Accidents

The Second Avenue Subway line, East Side Access, 7 Subway Extension and the City Water Tunnel No. 3 are just a few of the important projects either underway or under consideration in New York City. These colossal undertakings are only possible because of the skilled, hardworking workers like you. Your safety should be the most important factor in every decision made by your employer, the contractors and the government agencies.

Under pressure to meet unrealistic deadlines and come in under budget, stakeholders may cut corners, putting you at risk of:

  • Injuries due to contractors or other trades failing to follow the rules
  • Collapse of the walls and ceiling of the tunnel
  • Falling rocks and debris
  • Explosion and fire
  • Suffocation and oxygen deprivation
  • Exposure to dangerous gas fumes
  • Drowning because of water infiltration
  • Accidents involving heavy tunneling equipment
  • Falls from height

Negligence in Tunnel Collapse

The tools and technology exist to avoid these types of catastrophic construction accidents. When an accident occurs, our New York City tunnel accidents lawyers investigate what went wrong and who is responsible. For example, we look for such unacceptable negligence as:

  • Engineering and surveying errors
  • Use of improper or degraded materials
  • Use of wrong adhesive type
  • Failure to shore-up the walls and ceiling of the tunnel
  • Insufficient ventilation system
  • Inadequate escape routes
  • Lack of building and emergency policies
  • Lack of training and supervision

Recover Money and Benefits from Tunnel Accident Injuries

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. offers a free consultation to discuss your injuries or your loved one’s death resulting from a tunnel accident. Call our Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains office at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your appointment. We take your claim on a contingency fee plan, meaning you do not pay us unless we recover money or benefits for you.