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New York's Top-Rated
Construction Accident Lawyers
Top Results in New York Construction Accident Lawsuits
Construction workers perform a high-risk job by navigating inherent dangers at construction sites every day. Although construction workers receive rigorous safety training, they may still suffer injuries in accidents caused by a lack of safety measures or other hazards at the site.
The attorneys at Leitner Varughese Warywoda have proudly represented working people for over 20 years. Our focus is to stand up for workers who have suffered injuries due to unsafe conditions in their workplace. We have dedicated attorneys with decades of experience in representing clients in the construction industry. We help clients navigate the complex legal system and obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Unsafe job sites are among the primary contributor to construction site injuries, and our team of lawyers has seen countless ways that construction site owners and operators put their workers at risk. The following are some examples of unsafe job site hazards:
Inadequate Protective Equipment - Safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses, and ladders, is crucial in preventing construction site injuries. Workers are vulnerable to injuries when the equipment is missing, not correctly maintained, or not correctly used.
Lack of Proper Training - Proper safety training should be provided before workers are allowed to start working on a job site. Too often, workers are thrown into the job before they are fully prepared, which can lead to accidents.
Lack of Oversight - Many construction site accidents occur when project managers fail to properly supervise workers or do not enforce safety regulations.
Unsafe Site Conditions - Hazardous job sites can pose a significant risk to workers. Common examples include unsafe scaffolding, exposed wires, and inadequate fall protection.
Our law firm has the knowledge and experience required to handle construction accident cases. Our attorneys take a proactive and thorough approach to every case, starting with an investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Our goal is to determine the party or parties responsible and also identify any potential defects in the construction equipment or work site.
At Leitner Varughese Warywoda, we believe that every construction worker has a right to a safe workplace, and we are committed to helping them obtain justice for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident caused by an unsafe job site, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers who is dedicated to excellent representation of injured construction workers.
Because of the risky nature of construction work in New York, worksite accidents can be very serious and leave tradesmen and laborers temporarily or permanently disabled, impacting their career, health, family, well-being and life.
Our firm knows how serious these accidents are, and we know what's at stake when a construction worker asks us to represent them after a serious worksite accident. It is our mission to stand by you to aggressively fight for every dollar that you are legally entitled to.
Our lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of hardworking people who suffered an injury while they were simply doing their job, and Leitner Varughese Warywoda has obtained over $200 Million for victims of serious injuries due to negligence. We have the resources to stand up to and battle large construction and insurance companies that try to delay and deny construction workers their legal rights to substantial compensation, and we will hold them accountable.
If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, call 212-671-1110 or fill out our contact form for a FREE legal consultation.
We represent construction workers all over New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester , Rockland and upstate New York.
Laws Protecting Construction Workers in New York State
New York has various protections in place for construction workers. In addition to New York labor laws, the New York Division of Health and Safety (within the Department of Labor) has jurisdiction over various Industrial Code Rules. Both are meant to help protect workers and minimize accidents. If you are injured in a construction accident, these rules can demonstrate that you have a valid claim. Below is some general information on the New York industrial codes and labor laws that protect construction workers.
New York Labor Law Section 200
This section of New York Labor Law stipulates that a safe work environment must be provided for employees. It states that all applicable work sites must “be so constructed, equipped, arranged, operated, and conducted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.” The same applies to all machinery or equipment used on the site; it must be placed and operated so that anyone operating it or near it is safe from harm. Note that this section also applies to those “frequenting” the site; even if you are not a construction worker, if you have been injured on a construction site, it is possible for you to bring a negligence case.
New York Labor Law Section 240 (the Scaffold Law)
Labor Law Section 240, commonly known as the Scaffold Law, is meant to protect workers who work in construction at heights. The law intends to hold specific parties responsible for failing to provide these construction workers with a safe place to do their job. The law also generally protects workers from falling objects at a construction site. Contractors or owners are required by law to provide adequate protection for workers who are exposed to a falling object.
New York Labor Law Section 241
Labor Law Section 241 requires contractors and others in charge of a work site to ensure workers are protected from all potential hazards. It states that all areas in which construction, excavation, or demolition is being done must be equipped and guarded to provide “reasonable and adequate protection and safety” to the employees or others in the area. New York State requires that property owners, developers, and general contractors adhere to the Industrial Code, a codification of safety rules designed to keep construction workers safe and healthy.
Part 23 of the Division of Safety and Health Industrial Code Rules
Part 23 of the code covers Protection in Construction, Demolition, and Excavation Operations. The code covers requirements for all aspects of construction work, including protection from general hazards, flooring requirements during construction, and provisions for scaffolding, in addition to much more. The codes lay out standards for running a safe construction site in New York; if they are not followed, accidents may occur, and the responsible party may be held accountable under the law.
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