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Scaffolding & Ladder Fall Lawyer in New York City

We Can Help If You've Fallen From A Scaffold Or Ladder

All too often construction workers suffer injuries in preventable falls from scaffolding and ladders

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Scaffolding & Ladder Fall Lawyer

Defending Construction Accident Victims For More Than 25 Years

All too often construction workers suffer injuries in preventable falls from scaffolding and ladders. If these workers had the proper — and required — safety equipment, the fall may not have happened. While injured workers usually qualify for workers’ compensation, New York also has laws in place that may allow these workers and their families to hold certain owners and contractors responsible as well.

A scaffolding & ladder fall lawyer in New York City at Oresky & Associates, PLLC can help you understand if there are any legal remedies available to you beyond workers’ compensation. We might be able to help you collect additional compensation if you suffered injuries in an NYC fall that involved a ladder or scaffold, or that occurred because of a failure to provide proper safety equipment.

Call us today at 718-993-9999 for your free case evaluation.

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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NYC Construction Accident Attorneys

Workers’ Compensation and Other Protections Under New York’s Labor Laws

Any time a worker suffers injuries on the clock in New York State, they are entitled to collect benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation law. This includes benefits to cover:

  • Medical care
  • A portion of their lost wages

In the event of wrongful death, the surviving family would be entitled to receive benefits.

While Workers’ Compensation is intended to help injured workers, it does not cover a workers’ damages for pain and suffering as well as a family’s loss, such as the claims of a spouse. Construction workers have strong protections under New York Labor Law 240. This statute, also known as the Scaffold Law, provides potential additional legal remedies for workers who suffered falls from a height while on a construction site. This law also applies to workers struck by falling objects.

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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 happens if I am partially at fault for my car accident?
As long as you are not 100 percent at fault for your car accident you can still recover money damages for your injuries from the other party who caused your accident. Most accidents involve some degree of comparative fault between the parties.
How does a medical malpractice lawsuit work?
Medical malpractice lawsuits usually begin with an insurance claim. Your attorney will attempt to prove your case and negotiate a settlement that covers your damages. If obtaining compensation outside of court is not an option, you can pursue a civil suit. Want to find out 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Who do I sue for my injuries in a car accident case?
Claims for car accidents are usually made against the insurance companies for the owners and operators of the vehicles involved in the car accident. Sometimes a driver’s employer, a business entity or other party may need to be added to the claim and future lawsuit. Make sure that all of the proper parties are made part of your case so that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers

New York City Construction Site Accidents and Liability

When a construction worker falls from a ladder or scaffolding, the injuries they suffer can be catastrophic. Broken bones that keep them from working for several months are almost a best-case scenario if the fall is more than a few feet. Other common outcomes include:

  • Internal injuries and internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Death

The serious nature of these injuries often means there is no way workers’ compensation will be able to cover all the expenses and losses associated with them. From out-of-pocket costs to pain and suffering, workers compensation will not prove sufficient. This is why New York Labor Law 240(1) allows construction workers to hold certain property owners and contractors liable for additional civil damages under certain circumstances.

If we can show the property owner and/ or contractor at the construction site failed to provide adequate safety equipment as required by law, we may be able to help you collect a wide range of damages not covered by workers’ compensation. This could include:

  • Lost Union Benefits
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Additional lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering damages

When we review your case, we can explain if we believe you have a strong case against the potential defendants. We will investigate your fall and try to uncover evidence that allows us to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against them.

Even if you feel that you are at fault for the accident, under New York Labor Law 240(1), your comparative fault will not be considered a defense to the owner or contractors involved.

Common Contributing Causes to Scaffolding and Ladder Falls

Under New York Labor Law 240(1), workers who perform work on ladders, scaffolds, and other similar platforms must receive special protections designed to prevent falls. This includes requiring property owners and contractors to provide:

  • Safe and well-maintained ladders and scaffolding
  • Harnesses and other safety systems
  • Safety life lines and hooks
  • Any other required fall protection equipment, depending on the situation

Our Scaffolding and Ladder Fall Attorney Will Evaluate Your Case

Our attorneys understand the complex state laws that protect construction workers and allow you to pursue legal remedies if you were not provided with proper fall protection equipment or if you were provided with poorly maintained ladders or scaffolding that caused your accident. If we believe you have a strong case against a property owner or contractor, we will be vigorous advocates fighting for the compensation you deserve.

We can:

  • Review your case for free and handle it based on a contingency
  • Explain the applicable laws that provide strong protections for workers
  • Investigate your case and keep you informed each step of the way.
  • Try to help you recover the maximum amount possible based on the damages you suffered
  • Keep you prepared and ready from the beginning until settlement or trial.

Many of our staff members are bilingual and can discuss your case in English or Spanish, whichever makes you feel more comfortable. It is also important to note that your immigration status plays no role in getting workers’ compensation or pursuing civil remedies.

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Oresky & Associates, PLLC has the resources, staff, and passion to fight for money damages if you or a loved one was injured in a window washer accident. Please contact the office of a window washer accidents lawyer in New York City for a free case review at (718) 993-9999.

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