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Window Cleaning Accidents in NYC

If You've Been Hurt In A Window Cleaning Accident, We Can Help

Are you a worker who has been injured in an accident related to window cleaning? If so, you may be entitled to compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits.

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Workplace Injury Attorneys for Commercial Window Washers in the Bronx, Queens, and Beyond

Are you a worker who has been injured in an accident related to window cleaning? If so, you may be entitled to compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits. New York City has no shortage of skyscrapers and other tall buildings. The windows and exterior glass panes of these buildings often require cleaning. Without proper scaffolding and protective devices, window washers can suffer serious injuries and even death. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, our Queens and Bronx construction accident lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the New York Labor Law and how it applies to window washing accidents.

 

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More Than 25 Years Of Fighting Cases In The Courts

Construction Accidents $9.9 Million Settlement for worker injured during building construction
Construction Accidents $6.6 Million Won by construction worker that fell from scaffold sustaining serious injuries.
Construction Accidents $6 Million Settlement for electrician that fell one story off of roof during construction of an extension.
Construction Accidents $6 Million Awarded to construction worker that fell from ladder while installing window frame.
Construction Accidents $6 Million Won by construction worker that fell from ladder sustaining serious injuries.
Negligent Supervision $6 Million Awarded to 19 year old mentally disabled man that suffered severe burns as a result of institution’s failure to supervise.
Construction Accidents $5.6 Million Awarded to construction worker struck by falling object at construction site.
Construction Accidents $5.6 Million Settlement for Scaffold Installer that fell one story during construction of sidewalk bridge.
Construction Accidents $5 Million Dollars won by demolition worker that was knocked off ladder by HVAC duct, fracturing arm, requiring back surgery, amongst other injuries.
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Know Your Rights After an Accident Related to Cleaning

Since workers who clean buildings often are required to work at great heights, it is crucial that these workers are provided with proper safety gear, training, and supervision. Accidents related to cleaning can happen in a number of ways, including:

  • Scaffold collapses, falls, or ladders tip over;
  • Faulty window washer scaffold construction;
  • Defective window washing harnesses, safety lines or safety belts;
  • Defective guard rails on window washing devices;
  • Defective window washing suspension ropes; or
  • Falls due to lack of or improper safety equipment.
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When it comes to litigation, there is no time to waste. Once you call our office, we can start building your case in your fight for compensation. In three short steps, your legal journey can begin today.

01. Free Case Evaluation

Call our office, send us an email, or chat with us online to receive a free case evaluation.

02. Get Signed Up

After your free case review, we can set up your client profile and gather any information you already have.

03. Start Your Recovery

We can take over your case from here and update you as it progresses. You can focus on your health while we focus on your case.


Frequently Asked Questions

Common Legal Questions

What is a deposition?
A deposition or EBT (examination before trial) is an opportunity for the defendants’ lawyers to ask you questions under oath about how your accident occurred. Depositions are normally conducted in an attorney’s office or the office of the court reporter who is transcribing your testimony. All parties are usually deposed.
Will my car accident case go to trial?
Most car accident cases settle before trial, however, you must be prepared to go all the way to jury verdict. If the defense counsel or the insurance adjuster senses that you are not ready to go the distance, they will try and settle for less than full value. Make sure your case is prepared to go all the way.
Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
You do not need a personal injury lawyer, but one can benefit you in many ways following an accident resulting in serious physical harm. Severe injuries can lead to expensive medical care, extended absences from work, pain and suffering, and other damages. Read our full article to find out more about when it's right to hire a personal injury lawyer. 
What is the Average Settlement for a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Since medical malpractice covers such a wide variety of injuries and scenarios, there is no average settlement amount for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Furthermore, many individual factors can affect a settlement’s amount, such as the injury’s permanence and impact on your job and whether your case settles out of court. When thinking about your malpractice case, remember that it is a  personal injury with losses. Malpractice is then subcategorized into different types, each with its own area.  To learn more, please read our full article here.
What should I do after a car accident?
After a car accident, you should always call for help. While you wait for help to arrive, check for injuries—both your own and those of others involved in the collision. Be sure to accept necessary medical attention from any paramedics on the scene and follow up with a health care provider as soon as possible in the days following the accident. Last but not least, connect with a lawyer––and do it fast. Get more information on what to do after an auto accident by reading our full post.
What questions should I ask a personal injury lawyer?
When searching for a personal injury lawyer, you should ask questions about their experience, services and results.  You only have one chance to recover and finding the right lawyer can make a big difference in the final outcome of your case, the level of services that you receive, and the amount of compensation that you are awarded.   Want more information? Read our full article here.
Why do I need a car accident lawyer; can’t I just call the insurance company myself and try to get a settlement?
Insurance companies have skilled attorneys working to protect them as well as adjusters whose job it is to resolve claims for as little money as possible. Car accident victims representing themselves will usually be at a significant disadvantage. You should have skilled personal injury attorneys at your side, like those at Oresky & Associates, fighting for your rights, with a proven track record of obtaining over $300 Million Dollars in verdicts and settlements for New York accident victims. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced New York car accident attorney.
Can I bring a car accident lawsuit if I am undocumented?
Personal injury lawsuits can be brought without regard to your immigration status. Even if you are undocumented you have the right to sue for money damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering.

Know The Laws Surrounding Cleaning Accidents

New York Labor Law Sections 200, 202 and 240, and 241 allows certain injured workers and window washers to file a civil lawsuit for compensation in addition to pursuing Workers’ Compensation benefits that are available through the injured party’s employer. If a property owner or contractor is found liable under any of the sections of the Labor Law, they will be required to compensate the worker for all of the harm and financial losses that resulted from the accident, such as medical costs, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering.

New York Labor Law Section 200 imposes liability on a property owner or general contractor that fails to provide a safe working environment for workers on the job site. An owner or contractor is responsible for an accident that was a result of a dangerous condition of which it knew or should have known.

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What Is The NY Scaffold Law?

New York Labor Law Section 202 requires property owners, property managers and contractors for buildings to provide safe means for cleaning or washing windows and exterior surfaces. Under this section an owner, property manager or contractor can be liable for failing to furnish safety devices that protect persons engaged in window cleaning or washing.

New York’s “Scaffold Law,” which is found in Section 240 of the New York Labor Law, protects construction workers who are at risk of injury or death from elevation-related activities, including workers who perform commercial window cleaning of a building or structure at a height. Specifically, Section 240 provides protection to workers who are injured as a result of falls from a height or as a result of a falling object. This law places responsibility for the safety of workers on property owners and contractors, which must provide workers with proper safety equipment for height-related tasks. Even if the worker brings their own tools, it is still the property owner and contractor’s responsibility to make sure that the worker has adequate ladders, scaffolds, harnesses, and anything else that the worker would need to do their job as safely as possible.

In addition, a worker may have a cause of action under New York Labor Law Section 241(6) if they can establish that their cleaning or washing windows was done in connection with construction, excavation, or demolition work and their injuries were caused by a violation of the New York State Industrial Code. The Code outlines a number of safety standards, which owners and contractors must rigorously obey. These include standards for using scaffolds, ladders, and other protective devices.

Window Cleaning Accident Lawyer

Get Started on Your Case by Speaking with a Construction Injury Lawyer in the Bronx or Queens

If you have been hurt in an accident related to commercial window cleaning, our work injury attorneys may be able to help you. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we can meticulously investigate the circumstances of your accident and provide you with diligent legal representation at every step of the way. If your injury is preventing you from being able to visit our office, we will be more than happy to come to your home or to the hospital. Members of our team are bilingual in Spanish, which allows us to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking clients about the details of their case. We proudly serve accident victims in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For your free consultation, you can call us at (718) 993-9999 or contact us online.

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