NYC Scaffolding Accident Attorney
Scaffolding – temporary structures that allow workers to perform their trades off the ground – are a staple on virtually all construction sites across New York City. While different types of scaffolds are critical in construction projects, they also make the job much more dangerous. They increase the risk of falls, which is a leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry.
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Why Should I Call a NYC Injury Lawyer After My Scaffolding Accident?
While you may have the right to recover compensation after your NYC scaffolding accident, it can be tough to get the money you deserve. There might be several parties involved in your case – property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and other negligent parties. You’ll face a lot of resistance as you navigate an injury claim.
Hiring a personal injury attorney will have two tremendous benefits. First, you’ll give yourself some much-needed time to focus on getting back on your feet. The more you can focus on your recovery, the better. Second, you’ll put yourself in the position to maximize your compensation. At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, PC, our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience handling complex New York construction accident cases. We know what needs to be done to get you the money you deserve.
As your attorneys, we will:
- Hold property owners and general contractors fully accountable for your injuries after a scaffolding accident
- Stand up to insurance companies when they try to drive down the value of your injury claim
- Fight to protect you if and when someone tries to blame you for your accident or injuries
- Consult with leading injury experts in New York to determine what your case is worth.
We’ll do everything we can to get you the money you deserve. Call our New York City law office today to learn more.
We’ll Fight to Get Money For All of Your Scaffolding Injuries
When you get hurt in a scaffolding accident in New York, you need a law firm you can trust. When you turn to Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for help, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Our attorneys don’t just practice law in New York, we’re from New York. We have deep ties to the community and care about our neighbors.
If you’ve been injured, we’ll be your fiercest advocates and greatest allies. We’ll go above and beyond to secure the money you need and deserve. Our aggressive approach and passion for our clients has helped ot us recover more than $1 Billion settlements and verdicts on behalf of our injured clients.
If you’ve been injured in a New York scaffolding accident, we’ll pursue monetary damages for all of your injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Crushing injury
- Head injury
- Back and neck injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Lost limbs
- Wrongful death, and more.
When you turn to our NYC scaffolding accident lawyers for help, you’ll get nothing less than our best. Give us a quick call to discuss your case today.
How Will New York’s Scaffolding Law Affect My Case?
New York’s labor laws acknowledge the risks that are inherent in working on a scaffolding structure. There are specific regulations in place that dictate how scaffolding must be erected, when guard rails are necessary, and how much weight a staging structure can legally hold.
Under Section 240 of the New York Labor Code, property owners and general contractors have an absolute responsibility to make sure:
- Scaffolding used on construction sites is erected properly, and
- Workers are given all necessary and appropriate safety equipment.
If you get hurt while working on scaffolding, the property owner and/or general contractor can be strictly liable for your injuries. New York’s scaffolding law applies to injuries involving:
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You’re protected, whether you’re working in demolition, erection, repairing, altering, painting, cleaning, or pointing a building or structure. If you suffer an elevated-related injury, you can look to the property owner or contractor for compensation.
There are very limited exceptions to this very strict rule.
How Can I Recover Compensation After a NYC Scaffolding Accident?
There are three primary ways to seek compensation after you’re injured on a NYC construction site: claim for workers’ compensation benefits, personal injury lawsuit, or wrongful death claim.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you’re a construction worker who’s gotten hurt on the job, you’re entitled to request benefits from a workers’ compensation insurance program. When you file a claim for workers’ compensation, you waive your right to sue your employer. In exchange for giving up this right, you have an opportunity to recover benefits for medical bills and lost wages rather quickly.
However, the type and amount of damages you can receive can be quite limited. It can be very beneficial to work with an attorney who knows how the workers’ compensation process works and how to maximize your benefits.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
Just because you can’t sue your employer doesn’t mean that you can’t file a lawsuit against another negligent third party. This might include architects, engineers, subcontractors or product manufacturers. In fact, in New York, property owners and general contractors can be strictly liable for your scaffolding accident injuries. This means you don’t have to prove that they were negligent or didn’t try to keep you safe. If you get hurt, they’re responsible under the law.
Generally speaking, you’re entitled to a wider range of damages when you file a personal injury lawsuit. You can seek compensation for everything covered by workers’ comp, in addition to pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Wrongful Death Claim
Scaffolding accidents can be devastating. Construction workers don’t always survive their fall-related injuries. If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal scaffolding accident, you might have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You may also be entitled to certain death benefits under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. In turn, you might be able to recover compensation for funeral costs and lost financial support.
Not sure which option is best for you? Don’t hesitate to call Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. to discuss your case. We’ll help you understand your rights and determine how ot move forward as you seek compensation for your injuries.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Seek Compensation
We understand you’re dealing with a painful injury. You’ve got a lot going on right now. However, don’t wait too long ot assert your right to demand the money you need and deserve. If you wait too long, you risk losing out on valuable compensation.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits: You must notify your employer within 30 days of your NYC scaffolding accident. Then you’ll have one year to formally file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Personal Injury Lawsuit: The statute of limitations for bodily injury cases is three years from the date of your accident.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of your loved one’s death.
Call Our New York Scaffolding Accident Lawyers For Help
You risk your safety and health by working on a New York City construction site. You should be compensated if you get hurt on the job. If you’ve been involved in a scaffolding accident, the legal team at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will work tirelessly to secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf. We’ll go above and beyond to get you the money you deserve.
Contact our New York City law firm to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients across New York, in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and Westchester. There’s no risk in asking for our help, so call us today.