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Category: Construction Accidents

June 1, 2019
Construction deaths go unreported as Building Owners ignore Law

By Michael H. Joseph

On May 18, 2019, a worker fell 30 feet to his death at a construction site next to New York City’s Grand Central station, which is a few blocks from our office in midtown Manhattan . The 49-year-old man was working at 333 Madison Avenue, between 43rd and 44th streets, when he fell from the fifth floor to the second floor shortly after noon. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity wasn’t immediately released pending notification of his family. This fatality occurred despite New York’s Labor Law 240 which requires fall protection for all… Read More

April 22, 2019
New York City promises to implement safety law after rash of construction worker deaths

By Michael H. Joseph

Our Midtown Manhattan construction accident  lawyers know all too well how seriously injured a worker can become as a result of an unsafe work site. The latest death is prompting politicians to accelerate the implementation of a construction safety law passed in 2017. On April 8, 2019 a Manhattan construction worker was killed after a crane counterweight fell on him around 3:15 a.m. at the site of 570 Broome Street. At least one other worker was injured in the accident and taken to hospital, according to the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB). Records show there were at least two complaints… Read More

November 17, 2018
Brooklyn Construction boss charged with manslaughter for worker death

By Michael H. Joseph

Construction worker fatalities continue to rise in New York state amid rampant safety violations, according to an annual report released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, an advocacy group. Our New York City construction accident lawyers know all too well the damage that the death of a construction worker can have on the worker’s family. Even though the consequences for unsafe work practices in construction are severe, New York contractors continue to take chances with the lives of New York construction workers. Finally, there is a prosecution for a fatality on a construction site. Fatal injuries in the… Read More

June 8, 2017
Who Is Potentially Liable For My Injuries In A Construction Accident?

By Michael H. Joseph

In general, whoever caused the accident is responsible. If it was the employer or a co-employee who caused the accident, you are usually barred by workers compensation laws from suing them because you’re getting comp you can’t bring a lawsuit. However, if the employer did not have workers compensation, you can sue the employer directly and the owners personally for failing to securing payment of compensation. Additionally, who’s liable often depends on how the accident happened. In general, under the labor laws, the work site owner or the owner of the construction site and the general contractor are always liable… Read More

June 8, 2017
What Are Top Misconceptions About Construction Accident Claims?

By Michael H. Joseph

The biggest misconception is that people think that they only get comp. A lot of people don’t realize there are all these other remedies out there that can protect them and there are these other laws under which they can bring a lawsuit and get compensated for what they went through. Another misconception we see, particularly among the immigrant community and undocumented immigrants, is that they can’t sue because they arrived here illegally. We’ve handled a number of these cases successfully and the courts were pretty clear that the immigration status doesn’t matter because if you get hurt in the… Read More

March 3, 2017
Do I have a Lawsuit for my New York Construction Site Accident

By Michael H. Joseph

Our New York construction accident lawyers have extensive experience in representing construction workers who have sustained personal injuries in worksite accidents. One of the most frequent questions our construction accident attorneys hear is do I have a case. While most construction workers are familiar with New York’s Ladder or Scaffold Law, which is known as Labor Law 240. This law generally imposes liability for falls from unsafe scaffolds or ladders, but there are a number of situations in which a construction worker who is injured on the job can sue for damages. One of the most comprehensive New York Laws… Read More

February 27, 2017
Outcry To End Construction Accident Fatalities In New York

By Michael H. Joseph

Construction continues to be one of the most dangerous professions, and this week, thousands of New York City construction workers assembled to mourn the 30 wrongful deaths and fatilities of their fellow construction workers who died in construction accidents over the past two years. The construction worker are calling for new legislation to protect them and enforce job safety in an urgent call for action to help prevent future job-site fatalities. Our New York construction accident lawyers support new legislation and increased enforcement for job safety. Across New York City there have been vocal outcries and protests for greater work place… Read More

September 7, 2016
Falling Material Cases In New York Construction Accidents

By Michael H. Joseph

Our New York City construction accident lawyers have handled a lot of different types of construction accidents New York’s Labor Laws, which protect construction workers protect a wide variety of circumstances. While Labor Law 240, which is commonly referred to as the ladder law or the scaffold law protects against broken or collapsing ladders, planks and scaffolds, a lot of people do not know that it also covers falling object cases, when the objects are being hoisted or lifted. In other words, Labor Law § 240 protects against two categories of elevation related risks. such as where the elevation at… Read More

September 23, 2015
Construction Accidents On The Rise In New York City

By Michael H. Joseph

This summer has seen a sharp increase in construction accident in New York City. Even a building near our Manhattan office was not immune from danger. In June, while using a crane to lift a 12-ton heating and air-conditioning unit the lines broke lifting the unit, which resulted in two injuries when the unit fell 30 stories to Madison Avenue right outside of our office. Clearly this accident was due to the negligent securing of the unit to the crane because if a load is property secured to a crane, this type of accident simply does not happen. So far… Read More

September 11, 2015
New York Appellate Court Limits The Blame The Worker Defense

By Michael H. Joseph

          Our New York City construction accident lawyers applaud a recent decision from the New York Supreme Court’s First Appellate Department which restricted a line of cases which has allowed the defendants to blame the injured construction worker. Our experienced White Plains construction accident attorneys have fought these arguments and the insurance companies’ attempts to blame the injured worker. We believe that the laws that protect construction workers were intended to place responsibility for safe conditions and equipments on the contractors and building owners, not the employees. Even though Labor Law 240 requires construction site owners… Read More

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