When it comes to working in construction, you can never be too careful. There are many potential hazards on sites, regardless of the specific job one is doing. Working on a roof or on scaffolding may be one of the most dangerous. One wrong step and you may fall and obtain serious injuries. Falling from such a height could even be fatal. If you survive the fall, the injuries could be severe and life-altering and may require surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
Roofing Accidents in New York
If you were injured in a roofing accident or construction fall, you will likely face extensive losses. From medical expenses to lost wages due to missed work, these costs are something that most people are not prepared to take on.
With the help of an experienced New York attorney, you may be able to receive financial reimbursement to help with any out-of-pocket payments you have incurred. After a consultation with our personal injury lawyers, you will likely have a better idea of your rights and whether or not you are eligible to recover losses.
Hiring a Falls From Heights Attorney
When it comes time to find a lawyer, it is important to consult one that has the knowledge, compassion, and experience to build a strong case in your favor. If you have been injured in a construction accident that was caused because of negligence on the job site, an attorney can be your best bet to obtaining fair compensation for your damages.
One of the reasons many people choose not to contact a lawyer is the concern that it would be cost-prohibitive to hire legal help. At Shulman & Hill, our attorneys offer free consultations and work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you will not have to pay anything unless you receive compensation.
New York Falls From Heights Resources
When you live in a city like New York, construction sites seem to be on every block. From a new high-rise office building to apartment complexes, the city is always growing. In fact, between 2009 and 2015, New York City saw a 329% increase in new construction. In addition to this, 62,040 new housing units were built in 2015, which is an increase of 517%.
While new construction is good for the local economy, there is a downside to the major increase in construction sites in New York: There has been an increase in the number of accidents involving construction workers.
When falls happen on constructions sites, it is usually from one of the following reasons:
- Failure to provide necessary safety equipment
- Failure to properly maintain or install scaffolding
- An accident involving a crane or other heavy machinery
New York has safety rules in place to help prevent catastrophic falls from heights. Subcontractors, building owners, and contractors are required to follow them.
No matter how your fall occurred, your attorney can thoroughly investigate the situation and help identify the root cause to determine potential negligence. They will figure out whether or not the worker was given adequate safety equipment and if other safety measures were in place. If they find that negligence may have contributed to your accident, your lawyer can assist you with filing an injury claim against the property owner or contractor.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard enough when it is anticipated. When a spouse, parent, or child dies unexpectedly though as a result of an accident in the workplace, the grief and shock can be insurmountable. Many of the workers killed in an accident at work left behind families that not only experienced emotional pain but were also left with financial expenses that many people are not ready to take on.
An injury attorney will be able to help file a wrongful death claim, building a strong case in your favor to help eliminate the financial burden after losing someone close to you. Loved ones may be able to recover compensation for funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and similar losses.
Labor Law 240
Also known as the Scaffolding Law, New York Labor Law 240(1) was enacted to help prevent falls from heights on construction sites. If a worker falls while on a job site, the property owners and general contractors may be held liable for the accident. This law is also beneficial because it covers accidents that are the result of falling tools, debris, and construction materials. Choosing a lawyer who is experienced in injury cases and knowledgeable of the laws in your area can be greatly beneficial.
Not only does this law require the property owners and contractors to be held accountable for falls from height and other injuries, but it also mandates that they provide workers with safety equipment, such as scaffolding, to prevent falls.
Hiring a Falls From Heights Lawyer in New York
When a day at work turns into a night at the ER, it is important that you start to file your injury claim as soon as you reasonably can. It can be helpful to contact an injury attorney after you return home from the hospital or emergency room.
Once you receive the medical attention you require, a skilled lawyer can guide you through the claims process, help determine liability and review the full extent of your losses. An attorney can help with paperwork and negotiations with insurance companies while you focus on recovering.
Why is Shulman & Hill Right for Your Case?
If you or a loved one were injured as the result of falling while working on a construction site, contact one of our experienced New York personal injury lawyers. By reaching out to the experts at Shulman & Hill, you are trusting your case to a New York law firm with the track record and skills to help you obtain a fair settlement or verdict.
Contact us today to schedule a free legal consultation to learn more. We can answer any legal questions you may have.