New York State Labor law was enacted to protect construction workers. Labor Law 240(1) states that general contractors and property owners shall furnish construction equipment such as scaffolds, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices to provide “proper protection” to a worker on a construction site.
The building boom in New York City including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens has unfortunately come at a price. That price is the safety of the construction laborers who are working hard day in and day out to erect these new developments.
One type of construction accident is a partial or total building collapse. This type of accident is especially common when renovations are underway on an older building where a wall may collapse on a worker.
Construction workers are some of the hardest working individuals in the city, but they’re also among those most prone to an on-the-job injury. While building collapses in the city are rare, when they do occur, they often result in serious injury and death. These catastrophic accidents can have a ripple effect and create devastation for an entire family. If you’re struggling to pay for medical bills and compensate for lost wages following a building collapse, it’s essential to contact a construction site accident attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates are committed to protecting your best interests and helping you gain the compensation you deserve.
Social Security disability benefits also kick in when your loved one’s injuries are permanently or temporarily disabling. The laws surrounding both Social Security and workers’ compensation can be very complex, and workers often must face denial letters. Getting an attorney involved can expedite the process and give your family the benefits they need sooner.
Third-Party Liability Claims
While you may not be able to sue your employer for negligence, there are often third parties involved who may share blame for a building collapse. Construction sites are busy places, with several companies and vendors occupying the same space at once. In reality, any of these companies – from the person installing scaffolding to the owner of the building to the general contractor – may be at fault for the building collapse. The attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates conduct a thorough investigation into any building collapse or botched demolition, identifying liable parties and holding them responsible for negligence.
Serious Attorneys for Serious Injuries
Building collapses can lead to serious head and neck injuries, paraplegia or quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury, or death. Often, these injuries require a lifetime of therapy and intensive medical care. We work with families to access benefits and additional compensation that address both immediate and long-term medical and financial needs.
Whether it’s Social Security disability, workers’ compensation benefits, or a third-party personal injury claim, the attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates can help.
We have extensive knowledge and experience working with premises liability, workers’ compensation, and Social Security benefits law. We’re committed to helping you find both financial security and peace of mind, even in the aftermath of a devastating accident.
We want to take some of the stress out of your traumatic experience, so you can focus on healing. To schedule a free and confidential review of your legal options today, please contact us.
Common Causes of Building Collapses include:
lack of safety training and supervision
failing to take the proper safety measures
failing to use the proper construction & safety equipment for the job performed
Excessive weight placed on the roof of an old building such as heavy construction equipment can cause the building to collapse unless it has proper structural support
Poor Design – if the construction project has faulty structural design, a building collapse may occur
Foundations may fail which would in turn cause the building’s walls to shift leading to a collapse
In addition to the Labor Law, there are certain statutes, rules, regulations, and codes that govern how to safely perform construction, excavation, renovation, and demolition work. One example is the New York City Construction Code at Chapter 33 which deals with safeguards that must be followed when engaging in demolition or construction work. See Safeguards during construction or demolition.pdf
If you or a loved one work in the construction, demolition, renovation, or excavation trades and suffered an accident at work due to a building collapse, contact the construction site accident lawyers at the F&A Injury Law Firm. We specialize in building collapse cases and will work with top medical, economic, and safety experts to present the strongest liability and damages cases at trial.