NYC Construction Accident Lawyers
Top Results in New York Construction Accident Lawsuits
Because of the risky nature of construction work in New York, worksite accidents can be very serious and leave tradesmen and laborers temporarily or permanently disabled, impacting their career, health, family, well-being and life.
Our firm knows how serious these accidents are, and we know what's at stake when a construction worker asks us to represent them after a serious worksite accident. It is our mission to stand by you to aggressively fight for every dollar that you are legally entitled to.
Our lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of hardworking people who suffered an injury while they were simply doing their job, and Leitner Varughese Warywoda has obtained over $200 Million for victims of serious injuries due to negligence. We have the resources to stand up to and battle large construction and insurance companies that try to delay and deny construction workers their legal rights to substantial compensation, and we will hold them accountable.
If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, call 212-671-1110 or fill out our contact form for a FREE legal consultation.
We represent construction workers all over New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester , Rockland and upstate New York.
Laws Protecting Construction Workers in New York State
New York has various protections in place for construction workers. In addition to New York labor laws, the New York Division of Health and Safety (within the Department of Labor) has jurisdiction over various Industrial Code Rules. Both are meant to help protect workers and minimize accidents. If you are injured in a construction accident, these rules can demonstrate that you have a valid claim. Below is some general information on the New York industrial codes and labor laws that protect construction workers.
New York Labor Law Section 200
This section of New York Labor Law stipulates that a safe work environment must be provided for employees. It states that all applicable work sites must “be so constructed, equipped, arranged, operated, and conducted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to the lives, health and safety of all persons employed therein or lawfully frequenting such places.” The same applies to all machinery or equipment used on the site; it must be placed and operated so that anyone operating it or near it is safe from harm. Note that this section also applies to those “frequenting” the site; even if you are not a construction worker, if you have been injured on a construction site, it is possible for you to bring a negligence case.
New York Labor Law Section 240 (the Scaffold Law)
Labor Law Section 240, commonly known as the Scaffold Law, is meant to protect workers who work in construction at heights. The law intends to hold specific parties responsible for failing to provide these construction workers with a safe place to do their job. The law also generally protects workers from falling objects at a construction site. Contractors or owners are required by law to provide adequate protection for workers who are exposed to a falling object.
New York Labor Law Section 241
Labor Law Section 241 requires contractors and others in charge of a work site to ensure workers are protected from all potential hazards. It states that all areas in which construction, excavation, or demolition is being done must be equipped and guarded to provide “reasonable and adequate protection and safety” to the employees or others in the area. New York State requires that property owners, developers, and general contractors adhere to the Industrial Code, a codification of safety rules designed to keep construction workers safe and healthy.
Part 23 of the Division of Safety and Health Industrial Code Rules
Part 23 of the code covers Protection in Construction, Demolition, and Excavation Operations. The code covers requirements for all aspects of construction work, including protection from general hazards, flooring requirements during construction, and provisions for scaffolding, in addition to much more. The codes lay out standards for running a safe construction site in New York; if they are not followed, accidents may occur, and the responsible party may be held accountable under the law.