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$2.2 Million Settlement for Worker Injured By Falling Metal Plates

$2,200,000: Recovery for an undocumented worker injured when large metal plates dropped from a cart crushed his foot and fell on top of him. (Westchester County, NY)

$1.25 Million Settlement for Worker Injured By Scaffold Collapse

$1,250,000: Recovery for a scaffold worker injured when a scaffold collapse caused him to fall 14 feet fracturing two vertebrae in his back. (Westchester County, NY)

$1.2 Million Settlement For Worker Struck By Swinging Equipment

$1,200,000: Settlement for a concrete pump operator struck in the face and knocked to the ground by a pipe swung by another worker at a construction site. (Brooklyn, NY)

Construction Accident? We’re here to help.

 

Construction work is among the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The Official Website of the City of New York reports that construction-related accidents increased after the pandemic and continue to be a worrisome reality.

 

Every day, construction workers put their health and safety at risk, resulting in construction accidents, injuries, and even fatalities across the country. If you are one of these workers, don’t let yourself be ignored. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your pain, suffering, and lost wages—and the injury lawyers at Martin+Colin, P.C. can help you get it.

 

Why Choose Martin+Colin, P.C.? Accidents on construction sites and work zones require specialized legal representation. The legal team at Martin+Colin, P.C. stands ready to represent people injured in construction accidents and see their claims through to a full and fair resolution. Insurance companies work hard to pay as little as possible on your claim; you need an experienced team of New York construction accident lawyers in your corner.

Do you need a New York Construction Accident Lawyer? Contact Martin+Colin, P.C. for a free consultation.

What are Construction Accidents?

 

Construction accidents describe any mishap that occurs at a construction site. This includes new home builds, remodeling, roofing, electrical burns, injuries on a scaffold, slip on a ladder, dropped equipment injuries, trip and fall injuries due to debris, and many more case types. The linking factor is that the accidents occur on, near, or as a result of activity on a construction site.

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: ISHN, “Some jobs are significantly more dangerous than others”. Construction jobs frequently rank as among the most dangerous positions; for this reason, insurance coverage and workers’ compensation premiums are generally higher than average for construction positions.

 

A serious construction accident can have devastating effects on the injured person. Physical injuries may require physical therapy, medication, and surgery to correct. Additionally, the injured person may never be able to work in the same capacity, resulting in wage loss and earning capacity. A construction accident can alter a person’s life forever. 

 

Whenever construction accidents occur, construction companies must be held responsible for any harm they cause, as per Section 200 of New York’s Labor Laws (Chapter 31, Article 7: “General duty to protect health and safety of employees; enforcement”). Poor supervision, insufficient training, skipped safety audits, worn or insufficient safety gear: there are multiple ways construction companies can be found responsible for accidents on the job.

 

Your New York construction accident lawyers need to prove both how your accident occurred—and who should be held accountable. We work with construction professionals, accident reconstructionists, medical doctors, and other experts to prove your claim in White Plains, NY. We then demand full, fair compensation for your injuries. We are also prepared to file wrongful death claims to compensate the decedent’s surviving family for their losses after a workplace fatality.

Call the White Plains, New York Construction Accident Lawyers at Martin+Colin, P.C. to discuss your case: (914) 771 7711.

What if I was not a construction worker but was injured at a construction site?

 

You need not be on the clock—or even on a contractor’s payroll—to suffer a construction injury. Construction companies have a responsibility to maintain a safe worksite for everyone, regardless of their employment status, such as visitors and passersby.  We represent both workers’ and non-workers’ personal injury claims stemming from construction accident injuries. 

Common Types of Construction Accidents

 

Machinery accidents. Large machinery can pose a large risk to machine operators and anyone nearby. Product malfunctions, poorly marked entrances, uneven flooring, and unmaintained maintenance can all play a factor.

 

Falls. Many construction sites require ladders and elevated standing platforms; they may also have unguarded drop-offs, like open elevator shafts. A construction company’s failure to maintain adequate safety measures can result in painful, or even deadly, falls on the site. More than one in three injured construction workers suffered falls. 

 

Fires and explosions. From natural gas to oil and propane lines, construction sites see several types of explosive material. Failing to maintain appropriate safety standards around dangerous goods can mean chemical burns, eye injuries, or worse. 

 

Electrocution. All electrical circuitry—​​overhead electrical wires, lightning, and internal wiring—

should be installed and maintained by a licensed, bonded electrician. Construction sites that fail to maintain electrical safety standards put their crews and clients at risk.

 

Slip and fall accidents. A slip and fall may be caused by slippery or uneven floors, poor lighting, unmarked lips or stairs, and other hazards. They can cause broken bones, sprains, and other injuries.

 

Struck by object (including falling debris). From 2x4s and I-beams to falling demolition debris, many types of objects can fall and strike a person on a construction site. Safety standards include hard hats, eye protection and other safety equipment for this reason.

 

Building collapse. If a building collapses, the property owner and construction company may be found responsible. While these are relatively rare cases, they can be profoundly devastating for those injured.

 

Vehicle accidents. Most construction sites require vehicle access for material transport. Trucks, backhoes, forklifts, and other transport vehicles can be involved in construction accidents due to poor lighting, unmarked or unmaintained roads, and other reasons. Vehicle accidents include both moving vehicles and vehicles that move or slide from a parked position.

 

Caught-in or caught-between accidents. “Caught in-between accidents occur when a person is trapped between two or more objects or materials. Because construction sites are full of many different types of materials, tools, and heavy machinery, this type of injury accounts for about 1 in 20 construction accidents.

 

Exposure illnesses. People may be exposed to dust, silica, formaldehyde, mold, and/or dangerous chemicals or toxins while on a job site. Each of these can pose a separate and additive illness to a person who has been exposed.

 

Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, occur after a forceful impact to the head. These can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falling objects, poorly marked walkways or entrances, miscommunication within the construction staff, as well as countless other reasons. 

 

Repetitive motion injuries. Many construction jobs require hours of repetitive movement. If the construction company is not diligent about workers stretching before work and taking regular breaks, repetitive motion injuries become more common. This can affect a person’s back, neck wrists, ankles, and joints, and lead to lifelong mobility issues.

 

Crane accidents. Crane or hoist accidents are a unique type of workplace injury. Because cranes involve a high fulcrum and wide moment arm, these injuries may involve an operator who cannot see the end of their machine, or an accident victim who had no time to get away. Poor training, operator errors, and machine malfunctions can all lead to serious accidents.

 

Overexertion. Construction work generally includes long hours of manual labor. Overexertion injuries can typically stem from heavy lifting or heatstroke, 

 

Forklift accidents. Forklift operation requires not just proper training and certification but a consistent awareness of one’s surroundings. However, user care cannot fully offset the danger that a lack of training, a machinery defect, or an equipment failure can cause.

 

Trench accidents. Construction work sites may require digging trenches to lay pipes or set the foundation of a building. Tragically, workers can—and sometimes do—get trapped in trenches or struck by falling objects while below ground level.

If you have a construction Injury, don’t wait to pursue compensation.

Every state has a preset limit on the amount of time that may pass an accident and a personal injury lawsuit. In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for construction accidents is three years from the date of the accident. If the construction accident resulted in a fatality, family and loved ones have just two years from the date of the accident to begin the legal process on behalf of the deceased.

Construction Accident FAQs

 

What is the most common type of accident in the construction industry?

Slip and fall accidents. According to OSHA, slip and falls are the most common type of injury on construction sites, followed by struck-by, caught-between and electrocution accidents. Disorganized and/or poorly maintained workspaces may have safety issues for workers. This includes debris, precariously placed objects, flooring holes, broken stairs, tripping hazards, insufficient lighting, and wet spills. These are all known factors that increase the likelihood of a workplace injury.

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

 

Who takes the blame in most construction accidents?

While every case is different, construction accidents are frequently caused by insufficiently trained, or poorly supervised, construction workers. The employer, the parent company, and any third-party training contractors can be held responsible for a worker’s negligence. This is called vicarious liability.

 

What type of accident kills most construction?

According to the CDC: “Falls remain the leading cause of work-related deaths in construction, accounting for more than one in three (36.4%) of the total number of fatalities in this industry.” The Center for Construction Research and Training lists the top five most common fatal accidents are as follows:

 

  • Falls (including slips and trips): 35%
  • Struck-by incidents: 17%
  • Electrocution: 7.6% 
  • Caught incidents: 5.8%
  • All other injuries: 34.6%

Need a White Plains, New York Construction Accident Lawyer? Turn to Martin+Colin, P.C.

 

If you have been injured in an accident, you know that the New York Workers Compensation Program will only do so much. Even after a serious construction site accident, benefit awards may cover your lost wages—much less your medical costs, or pain and suffering. 

 

Martin+Colin, P.C. goes beyond state compensation to look for ways to recover the compensation you are entitled to. This includes suing the construction company, the contractor through which you are employed, and/or third parties entrusted to keep your workplace safe.

 

We have recovered millions of dollars for people who have been injured on construction sites across the state of New York, including New York City, Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers stands with you from beginning to end, streamlining the process of getting you paid for your injury. We assist with both workers’ compensation benefits and third-party negligence lawsuits.

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