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Do know your rights under labor law 240?

For the last several years, New York has tightened regulations around construction sites, especially commercial construction sites that use scaffolding — which, in New York, is most of them. Labor law 240, commonly known as the Scaffold law, creates vicarious liability to add layers of protection to any workers who might suffer a fall from scaffolding. However, while it does theoretically add greater protection, it also creates a more complicated path to resolving claims.

If you recently suffered an injury related to scaffolding, you should absolutely consult with an experienced attorney who understands how to pursue fair compensation using labor law 240. The expansion of this law does offer some additional assurances to victims, but it does not make the process of pursuing a claim any easier. In fact, because a claim under labor law 240 potentially involves multiple defendants, the situation may get quite complicated.

Don’t settle for less after a construction collapse

There are many kinds of injuries a worker may face on the job, but a roof collapse holds the potential to be devastating or even fatal. Throughout the construction or demolition process, there are numerous ways that circumstances and faults in the structure can align at just the wrong moment to bring a crushing blow down on workers.

If you or someone you love recently suffered an injury in a roof collapse, you should not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of pursuing justice in the New York legal system. With proper legal guidance, you can ensure that you do not settle for less than you deserve after a roof collapse injury.

You can get compensation needed after a catastrophic injury

When you woke up in the hospital, you didn't know what happened. The last thing you remembered was driving your car and seeing someone else coming toward you. The doctor approaches and discusses with you the extent of your injuries. They boil down to one phrase: catastrophic injuries.

When you hear this, you immediately know that your condition is not good. Your life has been in danger, and although you're now out of the woods, you still have a long road ahead of you including months or years of rehabilitation and medical treatment. You may never be the same.

Serious back injuries can change your life forever

Back and spinal injuries can drastically alter your life. From pain and nerve damage to complete paralysis, these injuries can have a profound impact on your quality of life and ability to support and care for yourself.

Whether your back injury was the result of an accident at your place of work or a motor vehicle collision, you could face lifelong challenges. From medical bills and lost wages to the need for nursing care or home remodel work to make it accessible, a lot of expenses can come from a back injury.

Drunk drivers can cause catastrophic losses in accidents

Drunk drivers often cause serious accidents that result in lifelong injuries or even the death of people riding in their cars or in another vehicle. In the days leading up to Saint Patrick's Day, a New York resident from Williamsburg tragically died after an allegedly drunk driver tried to drive her home on her 21st birthday.

The driver in this particular accident is now facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, as well as manslaughter and several other criminal charges. A conviction in this case will not undue the losses experienced by the victim's family.

Smaller buildings pose greater risk to construction workers

When people think of how construction workers become seriously injured, they probably imagine those brave workers welding on skyscrapers. In reality, however, shorter buildings actually pose a bigger threat to construction workers. The reason why is simple: Buildings under 10 stories are subject to fewer safety laws and regulations.

In fact, 30 out of 40 construction deaths between the years of 2010 to 2015 happened at buildings that were fewer than 10 stories tall. Construction employers, not required by law to adhere to the same safety measures as skyscrapers, may neglect safety requirements.

When construction companies cut corners, workers lose

Construction work is hard work. From the physical requirements to the exposure to dangerous heights, equipment and massive machinery, construction workers face many occupational hazards. Safety regulations exist to help protect workers from accidents. Unfortunately, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found in a recent study that construction employers are routinely violating laws put in place for worker safety, as well as building code requirements.

The same shortsighted mentality that leads to construction employers ignoring safety laws has resulted in a significant increase in construction workers experiencing potentially preventable injuries and fatalities on the job.

Residential construction workers at risk of ladder accidents

From single-family homes to condos and townhomes, construction workers move from one project to the next. While construction can be a fast-paced and exciting career, you should never overlook the fact that it is also a dangerous industry.

Even when workers and construction companies do their best to prevent on the job accidents, there is no way of completely eliminating these. As a result, many construction workers are injured and killed on the job every year.

Avoiding electric and fire hazards at the job site

As a New York construction worker, you put yourself at risk every time you set foot on the job site. You have seen your co-workers fall down uncovered holes and get hit on the head by falling debris. You have even witnessed other guys falling multiple stories because the scaffolding broke.

Getting hurt on the job is a constant threat and if it happens, you have options to pursue medical care and recover lost wages through a workers' compensation claim.

The basics of a wrongful death suit in New York

A wrongful death occurs when a person dies as the direct result of another's negligence or willful act. When this happens, it is up to the victim's family members to try to pick up the pieces and find peace.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligent or intentional act, you have the right to file a wrongful death suit. The claim must be filed by the person representing your loved one's estate.

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