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Trench Cave-In & Excavation Accident Lawyers in NYC

Attorneys for Victims of Construction Injuries

Cave-ins, trench collapses, falls, and other types of accidents at excavation sites may lead to serious injuries and even death.

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Cave-In Accident Lawyers in NYC

Attorneys for Victims of Construction Injuries in the Bronx, Queens, and the Greater NYC Area

Cave-ins, trench collapses, falls, and other types of accidents at excavation sites may lead to serious injuries and even death. At Oresky & Associates, our skilled Queens and Bronx excavation accident lawyers can explore the facts of your case and come up with a legal strategy that’s best for your case. We will explain the full scope of your rights and options, making sure that you are well informed every step of the way. Our construction accident lawyers recognize that this is one of the most critical times in your life. Thus, each case is an important responsibility that we take very seriously. Our focus is on hard work and building relationships with each person who seeks our help. We make every effort to accommodate our clients, and take into consideration the difficult time that you are going through.

Recent Case Results

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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We Fight For The Rights Of Those Injured In Construction Accidents

People often think that workers’ compensation is their only option when they have been hurt on the job, but this is not true in many cases involving construction accidents. When a person has been injured and cannot work, workers’ compensation benefits may be only one of the benefits that you are entitled to. Our excavation accident attorneys can help people in the Bronx, Queens, NYC and beyond to determine whether you are entitled to money damages above and beyond workers’ compensation by filing a law suit. It is important to note that your immigration status in the U.S. is not important for the purposes of filing an accident claim, and you may be able to bring a claim even if you are undocumented.

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Thank you so much for everything. I really appreciated all of the personal attention I received. I felt welcome and informed. This is such a wonderful team. I hope all the best for everyone.

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I recommend Jacob Oresky & Associates, PLLC as my attorneys. They did an excellent job and I am very satisfied with the results.

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The people in the office treat clients like family and they are very attentive.

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I recommend Jacob Oresky & Associates, PLLC as my attorneys. They did an excellent job and I am very satisfied with the results.

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Jacob Oresky & Associates were with us during our most difficult time and we are greatly appreciative with their whole staff. They did a wonderful job taking care of my mom’s needs and we recommend them to all who are in need of legal help....

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They settled my case in less than a year. Call them, you will not be disappointed.

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The people at Jacob Oresky & Associates are warm and friendly to their clients. They know how to treat people the way you want to be treated. Jacob did an excellent job on my case. We were well prepared and won at trial. The girls at the offi...

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I have known Jacob Oresky & his team for over ten years and they have been loyal, honest and committed to working for you all the way. The best lawyer in the Bronx.

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I would recommend Jacob Oresky & Associates. I’m very satisfied with the work they did on my wife’s case.

Our Process

Our Team Can Start Working for You from the Moment You Call

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 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.
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.
Should I get a lawyer for a car accident?
You can argue that the best time to hire a car accident lawyer is shortly after your accident happens. By hiring a car accident lawyer from our firm, you:
  • Protect yourself from insurance companies
  • Have a buffer between you and the parties who caused your accident
  • Reduce the risk of your rights being violated
The insurance company may try to get you to accept a low settlement offer. These offers come quickly but generally do not cover your long-term losses. A lawyer from our team will shield you from lowball settlement offers by fighting for the full scope of your damages. You can learn more by reading our full blog post here.
Can I Sue For A Work-Related Injury?
You can sue for a work-related injury under certain conditions. Typically, employers in New York have immunity from personal injury lawsuits, but there are exceptions. There may be other liable parties (other than your employer) who do not have this immunity. You can read our full blog post here to find out more.
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.
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.
What does a personal injury lawyer do?
Personal injury lawyers help victims recover compensation for injuries and damages that someone else’s negligence caused. They do this by helping clients with insurance claims and/or civil lawsuits. Want to learn more? Read our full article here.
How do I find a lawyer for a car accident?
Finding a lawyer to represent you in your car accident case requires research—there simply is no way around it. Begin your homework by searching online for car accident lawyers in your area (New York City, Bronx, or Queens, for example). As you review their websites, check for the following characteristics: 
  • Experience in personal injury law—and with car accidents, specifically
  • Results—financial value of settlements and awards
  • Positive testimonials that speak to you
You can read more about how to find a lawyer for a car accident here.

Risks Posed by Cave-ins and Excavation Accidents

Excavation sites are inherently dangerous and require proper shoring to make sure that the opening does not collapse. Proper shoring and protection is especially important around the excavation site. If precautions are not taken, the following types of accidents may occur, among others:

  • Trench collapses;
  • Excavation cave-ins;
  • Workers being struck by pipes, steel plates, or materials lowered into the excavation;
  • Workers falling into unguarded excavations or openings; or
  • Workers being hit by loads being lowered by cranes or other equipment used on the job.
New York Accident Lawyers

Know Your Rights After A Cave-In Accident

New York’s Labor Law provides special protections to workers who are injured in construction accidents. When people are injured in violation of New York Labor Law Section 200, 240 or Section 241(6), they can win damage awards for pain and suffering, economic losses such as loss of union benefits, lost wages, medical expenses, and more. The idea behind these laws is to place responsibility for workplace safety on site owners, general contractors, contractors, and other parties in charge of construction projects, as opposed to requiring workers to be responsible for their own safety.

New York Labor Law Section 240 protects the rights of workers who are injured in falls from heights or who are struck by a falling objects that required securing. Also known as the scaffold law, Section 240 enables a worker to hold a general contractor, a project owner, a project manager, or a building owner fully accountable for his or her harm if any of these parties failed to supply protective equipment or did not ensure that workers on the site were actually using the equipment.

Under New York Labor Law Section 241(6), if a construction worker is injured due to a violation of New York’s Industrial Code, the building owner and the general contractor may also be liable. This law requires that safety equipment be provided and certain safety protocols be followed. Section 241(6) allows injured individuals at construction sites to recover compensation in addition to what they would be typically able to recover through workers’ compensation. However, liability is not absolute and may be affected by a worker’s own negligence.

NYC Construction Attorneys

Contact an Excavation Accident Lawyer in the Bronx, Queens, or Elsewhere in NYC

If you were injured in an accident involving a cave-in or an excavation, our work injury attorneys can help. At Oresky & Associates, we provide personalized and compassionate representation to each and every client. We understand that dealing with an accident is deeply stressful, and we treat our clients just as we would want to be treated in the same situation. Our firm has achieved many multi million dollar verdicts and settlements for construction accident victims, and our staff is fluent in Spanish. Our Queens and Bronx excavation accident attorneys represent injured people throughout New York City and the surrounding areas, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island as well as Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. To discuss your case in more detail, call us at 718-993-9999 or you can contact us online.

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