More American workers are injured and killed in construction-related accidents every year than employees in any other field. In 2015, about one in five work-related fatalities occurred in construction, and over 58,000 workers suffered some type of non-fatal injury. 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 to build and develop the structures that help keep our country moving forward.
Employees in the construction industry understand the serious nature of their work and know the frequency with which accidents occur, but this does not mean workers don’t have rights. If you are a construction worker who has suffered serious injuries on the job or a family member of a construction worker who was killed in a scaffold accident, crane accident, or other construction site injury, you have rights that can be protected.
Types of Construction Site Injury Cases Our Lawyers Handle
At Hofmann & Schweitzer, our legal team has 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.
Our attorneys take all types of construction accidents, including:
- Falls. One of the most consistent types of accidents on construction sites involves falling from scaffolds, cranes, roofs, ladders, and other high places.
- Chemical burns. Many of the chemicals used on construction sites are extremely hazardous, leading to serious chemical burn injuries.
- Electrical accidents. 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.
How New York Labor Laws Can Help 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 Laws 241 and 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.
Our Experienced Attorneys Get Results After a Construction Accident
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.