Falls From Ladders, Unstable Ladders, and Ladder Collapses
Falls in the workplace are very common, especially in the construction industry where work often must take place high above the ground. Falls on Bronx construction sites can happen for many reasons: slippery work surfaces, unstable work platforms, unprotected holes and other openings, an absence of proper fall protection and other key safety devices, and more. In particular, falls from ladders, unstable ladders, and ladder collapses cause many of the most serious construction accident injuries across the New York City area. Several hundred construction workers nationwide lose their lives in ladder-related accidents each year. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, as of 2011, it was estimated that approximately 81% of all construction worker fall injuries requiring emergency room treatment involved falls from ladders. Despite these grim statistics and the obvious need for ladder safety on Bronx construction sites, Bronx ladder accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate on even the largest and best-run construction sites throughout New York City.
If you have been hurt or have lost a loved one in a construction accident involving a ladder fall, the Bronx ladder accident lawyers at Jesse Minc Law Group are standing by to educate you about your legal rights and options to pursue compensation in a personal injury lawsuit . We are proud to have among the best track records of any personal injury lawyers in New York City and the Bronx in obtaining compensation for victims of construction site negligence who have suffered all types of fall injuries, such as a fall into a hole or pit, at Bronx construction sites. Call us today at (718) 354-8000 to discuss your rights to compensation if you have been injured in a Bronx construction accident.If I Have Been Injured In a Bronx Ladder Accident, What Rights to Compensation Do I Have?
Most construction workers who suffer construction injuries due to a fall from a ladder, an unstable ladder, or a ladder collapse are able to obtain medical treatment and partial replacement of wages through New York’s workers’ compensation insurance system. Several types of benefits may be available in a workers’ compensation case, including full payment of medical expenses (injured workers will be happy to know that there is no deductible applicable to workers’ compensation medical insurance benefits, unlike when normal health insurance is used following an accident or illness that is not work-related). Lost wage benefits may also be available under the workers’ compensation system, depending upon whether, and to what degree, the worker is able to return to their regular job after an accident. If an employee is only temporarily unable to work, they may file a claim for temporary total disability benefits. If a construction accident leaves the worker in such a condition that they are partially or totally disabled, they may seek permanent total disability or permanent partial disability benefits. Our network of Bronx workers’ compensation lawyers will help you obtain all of the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled if you are injured in a Bronx ladder accident.
In addition to benefits payable through workers’ compensation, a worker injured in a Bronx ladder accident can also bring a personal injury lawsuit alleging violations of New York Labor Law § 240(1). Also known as the “Scaffold Law”, this law mandates that owners and general contractors on Bronx construction sites are absolutely liable to an injured worker in a personal injury lawsuit involving a ladder accident where a dangerous or defective ladder causes a worker to fall and suffer serious injuries, or where any ladder-related safety device (such as a defective harness or lifeline) is either not provided or fails to prevent a worker from falling. This important construction safety rule means that, even if an injured worker may have been partially responsible for causing a Bronx ladder accident, if it can be proven that the ladder was unstable or otherwise defective, or that a safety device that could have prevented the ladder accident was not provided or was defective, the injured worker can recover the full value of his or her injuries without any offset for his or her comparative negligence in causing this type of serious Bronx construction accident. Based in the Bronx, our experienced ladder accident attorneys will review the details of your ladder accident case with you free of charge, and will tell you whether you can bring a Bronx construction accident lawsuit if you were injured due to a dangerous or defective ladder that caused you to fall.
We are committed to providing injured Bronx construction workers with the resources and legal expertise necessary to ensure that they are fully compensated if they are injured. Insurance companies representing Bronx general contractors and construction site owners will spend incredible amounts of time, money and resources to prevent injured workers from recovering money for their injuries. To counteract this, we maintain a network of construction industry experts such as safety professionals and engineers who will prove that your Bronx construction accident was the result of dangerous or inadequate safety devices so that you can properly prove your case in court. We always put up our own money in support of our Bronx construction accident clients’ cases, and promise to do the same for you if you contact us today at (718) 354-8000 to discuss your Bronx ladder accident and we accept your case.
If a ladder accident occurs because a construction worker is not provided with proper safety equipment while performing work on a ladder, that worker may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the general contractor and owner of the project under New York Labor Law §241(6). This important construction accident safety law provides that, if a ladder accident occurs because of a violation of one of the provisions of Rule 23 of the New York Industrial Code, many of which specifically apply to ladder accidents, the owner and general contractor must compensate the injured worker for all of the damages sustained in their ladder accident. Section 200 of the New York Labor Law can also be used to hold negligent contractors to account if they provided a worker with a ladder that they knew, or should have known, was dangerous and the ladder fails and causes a serious ladder accident.
It is important for injured construction workers to be aware that, under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier generally is able to seek repayment for any benefits paid for the employee’s medical expenses or disability payments by asserting a lien on the proceeds of any recovery that the worker may obtain in a related personal injury lawsuit. However, the damages available to ladder accident victims under the New York Labor Law are often much more substantial than the coverage of workers’ compensation benefits, so bringing a Labor Law claim is usually a smart strategy whenever a Bronx ladder accident occurs.Discuss Your Construction Accident Case With a Knowledgable Bronx Ladder Accident Attorney Today
Jesse Minc Law Group represents people throughout the New York City region in a wide range of construction accident cases, and has won millions for the victims of Bronx ladder accidents who can no longer work in construction because of their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Manhattan, or in Nassau, Suffolk, or Westchester Counties, we offer a free consultation to discuss your needs. We urge you to call us at (718) 354-8000, or contact us online, to discuss your rights to compensation. Certain time limits apply in construction accident cases, so you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you are injured. Failing to file suit within the applicable statute of limitations, or even failing to give timely notice of an accident to the employer, can prevent an injured worker from recovering the damages and benefits that they would otherwise receive. Our experienced ladder accident lawyers represent Bronx workers and other victims on a “contingency fee” basis, so you do not owe us anything under any circumstances unless we win your case.