Serious Injuries From Falls Or Falling Objects At Construction Sites
Almost everywhere you go in New York City, buildings are surrounded by scaffolding for cleaning, updating or other projects. Too often, this activity results in tragic accidents when workers fall or are struck from above by construction materials. New York’s special labor laws make it more feasible to hold companies and third parties liable for construction accidents in an effort to encourage safety around these work sites.
If you were injured by a falling object or a fall from elevation, call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, at 212-571-7171. You may be entitled to damages above and beyond workers’ compensation. We can help you determine if you’re able to receive compensation to help cover medical bills, lost wages and other damages from your unexpected injury.
New York’s Unique Labor Law Protections
The New York statute (Labor Law 240) that protects people injured in falling accidents is often referred to as the “scaffolding law” or Section 240. It is based on res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself), a legal doctrine that asserts because an accident happened, negligence can be presumed. For example, a hammer does not fall two stories by itself; it was placed precariously or dropped by someone. A structurally sound scaffolding does not suddenly collapse; someone assembled it wrong or used compromised parts.
This means that after a falling accident, the injured party does not have to prove negligence. The contractor and/or property owner are presumed liable for such injuries, and the burden is on the defendants to prove that the working conditions were safe or that the injured employee acted recklessly. Common accidents under Section 240 include:
- Falling off a roof or over the side
- Falling into a hole or opening
- Falls from a ladder or scaffold
- Being struck by falling tools or construction debris
- Other injuries involving gravity and working at elevation
- Injuries to tenants or passersby
We Have Recovered Compensation For Many Trade Workers
Injuries resulting from falling accidents and falling objects are often serious, with ong-term effects. At Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, we are passionate about advocating for what you need to recover after an injury. Our proven track record of success includes a 47-year-old plumber’s assistant who was awarded $250,000 for injuries suffered in falling from a 15-foot height, and an asbestos worker who was awarded $382,500 after falling from a scaffold and suffering a fractured heel and two herniated disks in his neck.
If you have been injured at a job site, reach out to Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, to work with a knowledgeable advocate who will guide you through the legal process while aggressively pursuing your compensation.