More American workers are injured or killed in construction-related accidents every year than employees in any other field. In New York, more than 5,500 construction workers sustained an injury that forced them to miss days of work, roughly equal to 15 construction injuries every day in the state. Despite these statistics, dedicated construction workers head to the job site each day to continue building and developing the structures that help keep our country moving forward.
At Hofmann & Schweitzer, our lawyers and attorneys have more than 35 years of experience protecting the rights of injured New York City construction workers and their families. Our lawyers know how to fight and win cases involving ladder falls and other construction site injuries.
Types of Construction Site Injury Cases Our New York City Attorneys Handle
Our New York Construction Accident Lawyers Take All Types of Accidents Claims Including:
One of the most consistent types of accident injury on construction sites involves falling from scaffolds, cranes, roofs, ladders, and objects accidentally dropping from high places.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that each year thousands of fatal injuries occur from sudden contact with objects and equipment, also known as struck-by accidents.
Construction workers commonly work on different levels of a structure, especially in New York City. When tools, materials, or other objects are dropped or fall from above, then it can seriously injure someone below.
Confined space injury
Workers entering manholes, tunnels, pipelines, trenches, storm drains, septic tanks, and shafts can be exposed to a variety of hazards and dangerous air conditions.
Lifting and back injuries
Back and shoulder injuries are a common injury in construction-related occupations due to the physical nature of the work.
Hand and power tool injuries
Working with knives, digging tools, hammers, drills, grinders, power saws and nail guns, are dangerous in nature and a common source of injury on construction sites.
Faulty equipment injury
Malfunctioning, poorly maintained or defective heavy industrial equipment or simple tools can lead to amputations, broken bones or other injuries.
Dangerous work sites
There are numerous injuries and hazards construction workers face when they arrive at the job site each morning.
Work vehicle accidents
Workers can be injured while driving, operating machinery or working around vehicles or construction equipment.
Collapses and shifting surfaces
Uneven or unstable surfaces pose a danger on job sites. Workers can also be injured by collapsing buildings, walls, trenches, building materials and other unsecured structures.
Improper storage, loading, and unloading
Workers loading and unloading materials and equipment can be struck, crushed or injured by shifting heavy loads.
Many of the chemicals used on construction sites are extremely toxic and hazardous, leading to serious chemical burns and other injuries.
In summary, Hoffman And Schweitzer are respected construction injury attorneys in New York City known for their experience, dedication, and track record of successfully advocating for injured construction workers. Their personalized approach and commitment to workers' rights make them a top choice for those in need of legal representation in construction accident cases.
Electricity represents one of the most consistent and serious dangers in the construction industry. We represent families of electrocution fatalities and construction workers injured in electrical accidents.
There is no way to avoid all dangers on a job site. However, if you are a construction worker who has been hurt on the job or a family member of someone who has died in a construction accident, you deserve to be compensated.
New York City Construction Accident Attorneys For Injured Workers
Anyone in construction in the New York area has some knowledge of Labor Law 240, which is unique in our area. This law allows workers who suffer injuries from heights to pursue compensation directly from negligent general contractors, which is typically barred in construction injury cases. Employers and contractors have a responsibility to educate and protect their employees, and when they fail in that duty, they can be held accountable. Our lawyers have exceptional knowledge and experience handling construction accident claims under NY Labor Law 240, as well as Labor Law 241 and Labor Law 200, which also address workplace safety and employer behavior.
Additionally, other laws and mandates dictate how employers and employees should behave in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets federal worker safety laws and inspects businesses for compliance. Unfortunately, construction sites are notorious for frequently violating OSHA regulations. In fact, fall protection is the most frequently violated standard nationwide, while scaffold and ladder violations both appear in the top seven.
Employers are required to follow OSHA standards, as well as train workers on workplace safety. Employers who violate these mandates can be held accountable when employees are injured on the job.
5 Things to Know When Looking for a New York Construction Accident Injury Attorney
Accident Experience and Expertise
Look for a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law, particularly in construction accident cases. Experience in handling similar cases gives a lawyer insight into the nuances of construction site accidents and the relevant laws. You might want to consider their track record of successful outcomes in similar cases as well.
Injury Lawyer Reputation and Reviews
Research the lawyer's reputation and reviews. Online reviews, testimonials, and references from previous clients can provide insights into their communication, professionalism, and effectiveness. You can also inquire with legal associations and your state's bar association to check for any disciplinary actions against the lawyer.
Local New York Knowledge
Opt for a lawyer who is familiar with New York's specific laws and regulations regarding construction accidents. Local knowledge can be crucial in understanding how the legal system works in the state and can help navigate any intricacies in the process.
Injury Attorney Resources and Support
Construction injury cases can be complex and may require significant resources for investigations, expert witnesses, and other legal processes. Ensure that the lawyer and their firm have the resources and support necessary to build a strong case on your behalf.
Communication and Compatibility with your Injury Lawyer
Effective communication with your lawyer is essential. During initial consultations, pay attention to how well the lawyer listens to your concerns and explains the legal process to you. Choose a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable discussing your case openly, and who keeps you updated on developments.
Our Experienced Attorneys Get Results After a Construction Injury
The experienced legal team at Hofmann & Schweitzer has represented many injured construction workers and their families. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a case, our lawyers can help you fully understand your rights and help you decide the most effective way forward. With the help of an attorney, construction site accident victims may be able to obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Disability benefits
- Death benefits
If your case involved the negligence of a third party, it could also be possible to receive compensation for pain and suffering, future lost wages, and more.
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