Knowledgeable Bronx Attorneys Fighting for the Rights of Construction Accident Victims
Construction AccidentsWith over a million structures in the New York City area, and more cranes visible on the horizon every day, it seems that the development and construction of the Bronx and New York City is never-ending. Especially when times are good, as soon as one project is over, contractors, sub-contractors, and construction workers move on to the next job. While there was a time in which worker safety was largely ignored, there are now many more safeguards for hard working Bronx and New York City residents who make their living in the construction industry. Still, unfortunately, serious accidents can – and often do – happen, leaving workers disabled with horrific injuries and unable to support their families. In many cases, serious accidents are caused by the failure of those in power – owners and general contractors on job sites – to adhere to New York construction accident safety rules and laws.
The Bronx construction accident lawyers at the Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law have the expertise and experience necessary to quickly identify safety violations, and offer to explain your options and help you assert your rights if you or a loved one has been seriously hurt on the job at a Bronx construction site due to critical safety failures. Call us today at (718) 354-8000 for a free, no-fee consultation wherein we will explain the law as it applies to your case, and explain how you can hold those responsible for your injuries accountable in court. We have represented countless union and non-union workers, and have an intimate familiarity with the work of the various construction trades. We speak the language of construction, which not only gives us and our clients an edge in New York construction accident cases, but allows you to feel comfortable that we understand your case and can prove it properly on your behalf.
In addition to the system of workers’ compensation benefits that applies to workers inside and outside the construction industry, the benefits of which are unfortunately rarely sufficient to fully compensate an injured worker who can no longer work in the trades, there exists in New York a strong regime of construction accident safety laws designed specifically with the safety of construction workers in mind. The most important of these laws are found in the New York Labor Law, and specifically in Sections 240, 241(6) and 200 thereof.
For example, New York Labor Law § 240 provides that owners and general contractors on every Bronx construction site are required to provide proper safety devices and adequate protection from “gravity related” injuries, especially in the context of working at an elevation, or when materials are being hoisted or secured on a job site. Though there are exemptions to this law – known colloquially as the “Scaffold Law” – it does provide an important and strong means by which injured workers can hold those in power on a job site (owners and general contractors, who are usually in the best position to mandate safe work practices on Bronx construction sites) accountable, and ensures that sufficient funds will be available to compensate an injured worker if tragedy strikes due to safety failures. Meanwhile, Labor Law § 241(6) requires property owners and general contractors to provide protections and safety equipment as specified by applicable sections of the New York Industrial Code. Labor Law § 200 also provides an important tool by which injured workers can hold those responsible for their injuries accountable where negligence and failures to provide an adequately safe work environment are demonstrated in court.
The construction accident lawyers at our Bronx firm are among the most knowledgeable and experienced trial lawyers in New York, and are standing by to explain your rights to compensation to you. We are extremely selective regarding which construction accident cases we accept, as we understand that every construction accident case requires an immense amount of time, attention, focus and resources to be successful. Often, the financial futures of an injured worker’s entire family hangs in the balance; and given such high stakes, we at the Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law believe that every case deserves our full and complete attention and the application of all of our resources to give families and injured workers the best possible chance of a comfortable financial future. We will make sure that all aspects of your damages – pain and suffering, medical benefits, lost wages and lost union benefits – are properly demonstrated to the jury at trial so that you are awarded every penny of what you have lost if you are injured. We also maintain a network of relationships with construction safety experts and professional engineers who will analyze your case and help you prove that a safety violation was the cause of your construction accident. Contact us today at (718) 354-8000 to learn more about what we offer to the victims of construction accident cases in the Bronx and all over New York City.
Pursuing Fair Compensation Following a Construction Accident in NYC
When work-related construction accidents occur, workers’ compensation benefits will usually be available to the injured worker. Under the New York workers’ compensation laws, the injured worker does not have to prove any fault on the part of their employer to collect workers’ compensation benefits, including for lost wages and medical expenses. This is different from a car accident case, for example, in which the victim must prove that the defendant’s unsafe driving caused a crash. It is also different from bringing a civil negligence claim under any applicable section of the New York Labor Law; in the context of a construction accident, workers’ compensation claims are brought in a different court/forum than the negligence case. However, workers’ compensation is often inadequate where a worker is permanently disabled in a construction accident; the drawback is that a claimant in a workers’ compensation case is typically limited to temporary or permanent disability benefits (subject to a maximum set by state law) and payment of medical expenses, which is supposed to endure for life, but in reality this is not the case. By contrast, a civil action based on the Labor Law or general principles of negligence can result not only in damages for medical costs and lost earnings but also compensation for pain and suffering, loss of spousal consortium, and other forms of harm. The damages awarded in a construction accident lawsuit brought under the Labor Law will – if properly proven – compensate the injured worker and his or her family for life. We are proud to say that we have won many construction accident lawsuits wherein injured workers and their families have received full compensation, allowing them to feel secure in their financial futures after a construction accident that leaves them, or a member of their family, permanently disabled.
An injured worker and their Bronx construction accident attorney thus must carefully investigate whether they can take legal action beyond workers’ compensation benefits. If, for example, you or a loved one were working on a scaffold that did not feature a railing, and you fell from the scaffold and suffered serious injuries, you may be able to force the owner and general contractor on the site to compensate you for the lifetime of pain, suffering and lost wages and benefits that this safety failure caused you. In another example, a premises liability claim may be possible if a property owner’s negligence contributed to an accident at a construction site; in the construction context, these claims are often successfully brought under Section 200 of the New York Labor Law. Identifying all of the parties that may have played a role in the worker’s injuries and building the appropriate legal claims requires hiring an attorney who has the requisite expertise in this area of the law and who is unconditionally committed to fighting for victims’ rights. We are the lawyers that you need, and are standing by to educate and assist you so that you can understand your rights and obtain justice if you are injured in a Bronx construction site accident.
Seek Guidance from a Construction Accident Lawyer in the Bronx
If you have been injured in a New York City construction accident, or if you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death at a construction site, you need to talk to a knowledgeable work injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. At the Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law, we always offer injured workers and their families free, no-fee-guarantee consultations about accidents arising at construction sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online today to learn about your rights. We understand that being hurt on a construction job can be a life-altering experience from which you may never fully recover, and will always be there for you and your family if we accept your case. We want you to get the money that you need to put your life back together, and we will work tirelessly to hold all responsible parties liable for the full amount of damages to which you are entitled.