Brooklyn Construction Accidents
Brooklyn is the most densely populated borough of New York City with over 2.6 million residents. The historic landmark of the Brooklyn Bridge connects the borough to Manhattan, and people can drive, bike, or walk over the bridge. Some of the other famous sites in Brooklyn include the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Prospect Park. Like many other urban areas, Brooklyn is the scene of ongoing construction projects throughout the year. Unfortunately, profits are often prioritized at job sites over workers’ safety. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you are almost always entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Oresky & Associates, our Brooklyn construction accident attorneys are highly detail-oriented and take great pride in providing personalized representation to our clients. We will thoroughly examine the events surrounding your accident and help you get the compensation that you are entitled to obtain for your injuries.
Bringing a Construction Accident Claim Under the New York Labor Law
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015 in the U.S., which was an average rate of 13 deaths each day. Approximately 21.4 percent (more than one in five) of these deaths happened in the construction industry, which is one of the most dangerous in the American economy. Construction accidents may happen in a variety of ways, such as:
- Accidents involving scaffolds, ladders, hoists, lulls, and cranes;
- Trip and fall accidents over construction refuse or debris;
- Falling object accidents involving falling tools, building materials, and other equipment;
- Falls from heights, such as buildings, scaffolds, ladders, elevator shafts, and other dangerous openings;
- Improperly placed or constructed ladders, scaffolds, and working platforms;
- Improperly operated construction cranes, forklifts, and excavators; and
- Job site motor vehicle accidents.
Workers who are injured on the job at a construction site usually have the right to bring a claim under the New York Labor Law to bring a law suit for damages for pain and suffering, union benefits if applicable, and other economic loss in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Our construction accident attorneys can help Brooklyn residents understand the full scope of their options. The New York Labor Law protects workers in all types of construction-related occupations, such as electricians, plumbers, roofers, ironworkers, masons, painters, carpenters, pipe fitters, welders, sidewalk bridge installers, and others. New York Labor Law Sections 200, 240, and 241 impose certain duties on property owners and contractors. Section 200 outlines a general duty to protect the health and safety of employees. Section 240 protects workers against height-related accidents, such as workers falling from heights or workers being struck by a falling object.
These laws give injured workers certain rights to recover compensation through the legal process. If a property owner or contractor is found liable under one of these laws, the injured worker can receive damages in addition to benefits provided by workers’ compensation. Workers who successfully establish liability can hold defendants accountable for their costs and losses, including their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, lost union benefits, and loss of services of a spouse.
Hire a Construction Accident Lawyer in Brooklyn to Advocate for Your Rights
If you or someone close to you was injured on the job, you should not hesitate to get help from a job injury attorney who will aggressively help you seek full and fair compensation for all of your losses. At Oresky & Associates, we recognize the importance of tailoring legal representation to the unique facts of each case, which is why we will fully investigate the details of an accident and carefully preserve the evidence needed to support a claim. With decades of experience to guide us, our Brooklyn construction accident attorneys know how to prepare a case from the very beginning to give each client the greatest chance for a successful outcome. Members of our staff can speak Spanish for clients who are more comfortable in that language. Call us at (718) 993-9999 or contact us online for a free appointment.