Construction Fall Accident Attorney inNew York City
Millions Recovered for NYC Construction Workers
Did You Endure a Fall From a Large Height?
Construction projects require workers to perform jobs from heights using ladders, scaffolds, lifts, hoists, roofing, and other structures that put them above the ground. Working from heights exposes workers to the risk of falling and the resulting injuries that have long-lasting physical and financial consequences.
If you are looking to explore your options for compensation after suffering injuries from a fall on a construction site, our NYC attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. are here to help.
We devote a large part of our practice to construction accidents, for which we have a stellar reputation in the legal community, and we represent workers in both workers’ compensation proceedings and civil personal injury claims.
Why Choose The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.?
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is an accomplished trial practice with a reputation for protecting the rights of injured construction workers and members of the building trades unions across New York City.
- Our firm has recovered over half a billion dollars in compensation for clients.
- In the last 5 years, we have won over 50 verdicts and settlements worth $1M or more each.
- Our attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.
- Many of our cases have helped shaped NY Labor Law that protects construction workers.
Learn how we might be able to help you during a FREE consultation.
NYC Construction Fall Statistics
Construction work is highly dangerous, and performing jobs from elevated surfaces is often the most hazardous work on the site.
Whether it’s using a ladder, scaffold, platform, or some other elevated surface, working from heights creates considerable risk. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls accounted for 16% of all work-related deaths nationwide in 2019 (880 of 5,333 recorded workplace fatalities). Falls are also a leading cause of death for construction employees.
In New York City, the numbers are even more pronounced. According to 2019 NYC workplace fatality data from the BLS:
- The construction and extraction industry had the highest number of workplace fatalities in NYC, recording 29 of the 91 worker deaths in 2019.
- Construction trades workers accounted for 26 of those deaths.
- Falls to a lower level accounted for 23% of all workplace deaths in NYC.
Despite the numbers, OSHA data shows employers still fall short when it comes to fall protection: 4 of the 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations relate specifically to falls (Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501), Scaffolding, construction (29 CFR 1926.451), Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053), and Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503).
Who’s Liable for a Construction Fall?
Unfortunately, the negligence and violations of the Labor Law by those who own and exercise control over construction sites remains a major problem. While workers’ compensation normally serves as the “exclusive remedy” against an employer for people injured at work, as an injured construction worker in New York you may be able to pursue compensation through a civil personal injury lawsuit against an entity other than your employer such as:
- Property owners and lessees
- General contractors
- Property management companies
- Product manufacturers
Construction accident lawsuits allow injured workers to hold at-fault parties accountable for causing injuries through negligence or violations of the Labor Law. They can also help recover compensation that is unavailable or otherwise insufficient through workers’ compensation (such as full past and future income loss, loss of fringe benefits like pension and health insurance, past and future pain and suffering, and more).
While workers’ comp claims provide benefits regardless of fault, personal injury claims require a person seeking damages to prove fault of the parties they are suing. A defendant may be liable for your damages from a construction accident if they:
Violated the NY Labor Law by
- Failing to provide proper protection against height-related hazards such as ladders and scaffolds (Labor Law 240)
- Failing to provide reasonable and adequate protection and safety on the worksite by violating certain specific regulations of the New York State Industrial Code (Labor Law 241(6)).
- Failing to meet their general duty to protect the health and safety of all persons on the site (Labor Law 200)
- Were negligent in causing your accident, or employed the at-fault party
- Manufactured, distributed, or retailed defective products, such as a defective ladder or faulty safety equipment / fall-arrest system.
Compensation for Construction Falls
As attorneys who handle both workers’ compensation and personal injury cases, we can help you understand your options for seeking the financial recovery you need. This includes compensation for:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future lost wages and fringe benefits
- Past and future medical expenses including the cost of lifetime care
Proven NYC Construction Fall Lawyers
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. has recovered over half a billion dollars for injured construction workers in all types of accidents, including those involving falls from heights, falling objects, scaffolding, ladders, and other elevation hazards. Examples of our results in construction worker fall lawsuits:
- $15.2 million for sheet metal worker injured in fall from A-frame ladder
- $12 million for union driver injured in fall from a ladder
- $11.89 million for asbestos-abatement specialist hurt in fall from suspension scaffold
- $10 million for worker who fell from suspension scaffold when ropes broke
- $9.9 million for worker hurt in fall from rolling scaffold
- $9.8 million fall for two painters injured in scaffold collapse
- $9.35 million for mason who fell through unfinished floor framework
- $5.3 million for union carpenter who fractured heel in fall from a-frame ladder
- $5 million for cable installer who fractured leg in fall from extension ladder
- $5 million for union crane operator who fell from stair tower at WTC construction site
- $4.2 million settlement for construction worker injured in fall from sidewalk bridge
- $3.6 million settlement for union road who fell into unguarded trench in road
- $3.4 million for laborer who fell through collapsed floor on demolition site
- $2.5 million for union worker who fell from platform into trench
Discuss your potential case and how our award-winning team may be able to help. Call (212) 577-9325 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.