What To Do When Injured During A Fall At Work
If you were injured by falling from a ladder, falling from a roof, falling through an unmarked opening in a floor under construction or falling from a "cherry picker" truck, you ought to talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later. Do not assume that your only sources of compensation after a fall injury will be your health insurance and workers' compensation benefits.
An Attorney Evaluation Is Critical
Depending on the facts of your case, there may be third-party liability in addition to a workers' compensation claim against your employer's workers' comp insurer. The sooner your case is evaluated by a lawyer and the accident is investigated, the more opportunities there will be to discover any third party whose negligence contributed to your accident.
See our results page to gain an idea of ways in which we have been able to help injured New Yorkers recover compensation after construction-related injuries, traffic accidents and other types of accidents.
Was The General Contractor Negligent?
General contractors and construction site supervisors are responsible for training workers and taking prudent precautions to protect the safety of construction workers. For example, they should ensure that roofers wear protective gear such as a harness and cable. They should adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations as well as follow rules of common sense in order to watch out properly for their workers' safety.
Furthermore, New York statute 240.1 holds construction companies responsible for falls from heights, including falls from scaffolding and ladders, on a strict liability basis. This means that negligence does not have to be proven in these kinds of cases.
Was A Subcontractor Negligent?
Subcontractors, likewise, have a duty of care for fellow subcontractors at a work site. When one type of subcontractor — such as those who pour cement — departs from a work area, that worker should leave the area as free of hazards as it was previously. Allowing debris to fall strewn on walking paths and failing to replace warning cones and other signs are common errors that subcontractors often commit at a construction site.
Did Faulty Equipment Or Materials Contribute To Your Fall?
Manufacturers of materials and equipment used at construction sites are also expected to deliver dependable, safe products.
Your responsibility after you have suffered broken bones, a back injury, a neck injury, a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury is to do all that you can to recover. Our responsibility, if Smiley & Smiley, LLP, represents you, is to discover and tap into all available sources of compensation after a fall injury.
Construction Accident Lawyers Reviewing Your Case At No Cost
Smiley & Smiley, LLP, provides free initial consultations and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our law firm is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan across from Grand Central Station at 122 East 42nd Street, 39th Floor. Our staff includes speakers of Spanish and Haitian Creole. To contact a New York City construction accident lawyer, call 212-986-2022 or toll free 866-SMILEYLAW.