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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 30 Years Of Fighting Cases In The Courts

Construction Accidents $9.9 Million Settlement for worker injured during building construction
Construction Accident $7.5 Million Verdict for construction worker injured in fall from scaffold while performing demolition. 
Construction $7.5 Million $7.5 settlement for helper injured in fall from forklift resulting in multiple surgeries.
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.
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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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Jacob Oresky & Associates were very helpful and took care of everything that had to be done while I was in recovery. Mr.Figueroa did a great job fighting for me and was very friendly as well as dedicated. Thanks so much.

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I recommend the attorney Jacob Oresky to every single person that had suffered any type of accident. They took my case and treated me like family. I’m very thankful with their services. Thank God and Jacob Oresky. Victor

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Arranging to have Jacob Oresky & Associates handle my case was an excellent decision. Jacob assigned his staff to work on my case in the first five minutes. Favorable legal work was achieved in just a few days. And a top settlement result was...

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The people at Jacob Oresky and Associates are really kind and friendly. They spoke to me in Spanish and they made me feel at home. They worked really hard for me and they worried about me.

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I give them thumbs up. They explained everything to me. They made sure that I understood everything about my case. They made me feel like I was part of their family.

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My uncle unfortunately had a construction accident. He retained Jacob Oresky & Associates, PLLC as his attorneys. They won his case and we were very pleased with the results.

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Jacob Oresky & Associates have been very attentive and helpful. They worry about clients, they are very friendly and I recommend them to the whole community.

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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 was injured in a construction accident. I fell from a 15 feet height and fractured my feet. I didn´t have any documents and I was afraid of starting a case. Oresky lawyer told me that my legal status didn´t matter and I had the rights to sue. ...

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

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.
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. 
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.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
When you are involved in a car accident, there is a free consultation. If you have a case, you pay no fees until we win your case. The cost calculates as a percentage of the amount you are awarded as compensation through settlement or jury trial, also known as a contingency fee basis.
How Much Can I obtain from a Car Accident Settlement?
Several factors influence the amount you might obtain from a car accident settlement. The seriousness of your injury plays a significant role in determining this amount, as it affects your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and many other types of damages. The amount of insurance coverage available plays another significant part in the outcome of your settlement. Of course, a lawyer’s experience building personal injury cases, handling insurance companies, and negotiating fair settlements is yet another important consideration in this equation. Want to learn more about car accident settlements? Read our full article here.
What are the chances of recovery from a spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most devastating injuries you can suffer. While there is no way to reverse the damage completely, immediate treatment and medical advances can sometimes make a significant difference in the outcome.
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.
What Happens if the Other Driver Was Uninsured?
If the other driver was uninsured we can file an uninsured motorist claim under your vehicle’s insurance policy.  Automobile insurance policies written for New York State motorists are required to have uninsured protection.  This insurance will provide financial compensation to you, if the at fault driver does not have insurance. If you must file through your own insurer, you need a skilled law firm to help you recover the maximum money damages available.

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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