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New York Construction Accidents | Lawsuit Attorney Lawyer | New York Labor Laws, Section 241 of the New York Labor Law, injured in a construction site accident
Have you been injured in a construction site accident in New York? Under Section 241 of the New York Labor Law - also known as the Construction Law - you may be entitled to file a lawsuit seeking damages for pain and suffering, in addition to your worker's compensation claim. In most cases, the New York Construction Law allows construction workers who are hurt in job site accidents to file a personal injury lawsuit against a building contractor or owner if their accident resulted from a violation of the state's Industrial Code. Accidents covered under the New York Construction Law include, but are not limited to:
Falls at a construction site
Run-over by operating equipment
Collapses, fires and explosions
Unsafe/dangerous equipment accidents
Fork lift accidents
The New York personal injury lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP offer free legal evaluations to workers injured in construction accidents. For more information on New York's Construction Law, or for a free legal evaluation of your case, please contact Parker Waichman LLP today.
New York Construction Accident Lawsuits
Working in construction is an inherently dangerous profession, with workers operating on high elevations, scaffolds, slippery and unstable surfaces, and handling large, heavy equipment and potentially toxic substances. According to 2009 numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), for every 100 full time construction workers, 4.3 were involved in non-fatal work injury accidents. Many of these construction accidents resulted in serious brain and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and life-long disability. Section 241 of the New York Labor Law outlines specific construction site regulations relating to how areas of construction or demolition should be “constructed, shored, equipped, guarded, arranged, operated and conducted." The statute imposes an obligation upon the contractor and/or owner to abide by all provisions of the New York State Industrial Code. Architects, subcontractors and manufacturers of equipment may also be held responsible for inadequate safety precautions. Section 241 of the New York Labor Law allows construction workers who are hurt in job site accidents to file a personal injury lawsuit against a contractor or owner, except owners of one and two-family dwellings who contract for but do not direct or control the work. This law applies to all construction site workers, including workers from other states and undocumented workers. In many cases, Section 241 may also apply to utility workers and road-and-bridge workers. Filing a personal injury lawsuit will not affect worker's compensation benefits; in most instances, injured workers can collect both benefits and compensation from their lawsuit.
Legal Help for Victims of New York Construction Accidents
If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident in New York, you may have valuable legal rights. To learn more about New York's Construction Law, and for a free legal evaluation of your construction accident lawsuit claim, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.
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