NY Attorneys for Ladder Fall Injuries at Construction Sites
Skilled personal injury lawyers determined to maximize your compensation
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, falls were the number one cause of worker deaths at construction sites in 2013, accounting for 302 deaths and 36.5 percent of total fatalities. This is certainly not surprising, given that fall protection was the most frequently cited violation of OSHA standards in 2014. At Rubenstein & Rynecki, we know that lax safety standards invariably lead to workplace accidents, worker injuries and even wrongful death. We are determined to help you in your accident case, because you deserve the maximum amount of compensation possible, and because holding negligent parties accountable forces improvement in safety compliance that benefits everyone.
Serious, disabling injuries are common in ladder falls
Falls from significant heights can easily be fatal. Workers who are lucky enough to survive can suffer disabling injuries to their:
- Feet and ankles
- Neck and spine
Workers can sustain further harm from objects below. Sharp objects can impale a worker, causing damage to internal organs. Severe physical injuries take a long time to heal, and can permanently disable a worker. If you’re forced to rely on disability payments through workers’ compensation, you wind up with a terrible loss of earnings. However, you may be able to recover full and fair compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
New York Labor Law imposes a duty on contractors
Under most circumstances, an injured worked must rely on workers’ compensation and cannot sue an employer for a construction accident, even if the employer’s negligence caused the injury. However, New York Labor Laws §§ 200, 240 and 246(6) give construction workers extra protection in cases of scaffold and ladder falls.
Put simply, if the contractor failed to provide safe equipment to protect against falls, and that failure led to your injury, you can sue your employer for personal injury. In the event of a fatal fall, the deceased worker’s estate could sue for wrongful death.
Contributory negligence cannot bar a lawsuit, as long as the injured party can show that the ladder or other equipment failed. Therefore, a worker who is shown to be partially at fault can still recover damages from the negligent employer.
Contact our injury attorneys for ladder accidents at New York construction sites
If you suffered a serious injury in a fall at a construction site, or a loved one suffered a fatal fall, Rubenstein & Rynecki is prepared to help. Take advantage of a free consultation and learn why we may be the best law firm to handle your case. Call us at 718-522-1020 or contact our office online to schedule an appointment.