Legal Guidance Following A Scaffolding Accident
Scaffolding is a necessary part of many construction projects. Working on scaffolding or from any height carries with it a number of serious dangers. As a result, numerous laws govern the use of scaffolding in New York. In addition to OSHA and general liability law protection, construction workers in New York enjoy legal protection in the event of a scaffolding-related accident by Section 240(1), also known as the Scaffold Law.
The Scaffold Law specifically governs the use of scaffolding, ladders and other devices used by employees working at dangerous heights. When contractors and building owners fail adhere to the guidelines established by 240(1), injured construction workers have the legal right to pursue financial compensation for injuries.
What Smiley & Smiley, LLP, Can Do For You
Did you fall from a ladder, scaffold or beam? Was a guard rail broken or missing from a construction elevator or catwalk? Did scaffolding or a ladder break, injuring you or a loved one?
The New York City scaffolding injury lawyers of Smiley & Smiley, LLP, have handled construction site injury cases since our firm was founded over 40 years ago. We are more than just experienced litigators; we are leaders in personal injury and litigation legal organizations like the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Combined Judicial Screening Panel of the City of New York. We are litigation educators at Brooklyn Law School (BLS) and attorney organizations across the city. Our track record includes dozens of seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements for injured clients.
A representative case illustrates our effectiveness in handling scaffolding and fall accidents. While working on multi-story mainframe computers, our client fell from an elevated catwalk which, unknown to him, had been partially dismantled. His resulting 15-foot fall caused multiple fractures and brain trauma. Our representation resulted in a $1.2 million recovery.
Our experience and our investigation skills are unmatched. When we accept a case, we give it the time and resources necessary to fully examine the evidence and locate all liable parties. Once we have determined fault and damages, we fight aggressively for each client's maximum compensation in negotiations and, whenever necessary, in court.
For more information about our firm and your rights following scaffolding and construction injuries, contact us for a no-charge consultation. Smiley & Smiley, LLP, 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. Contact a New York City scaffolding injury lawyer online, or call 212-986-2022 or toll free at 866-SMILEYLAW.