New York Scaffolding Accident Lawyer
Scaffolds are used to reach the heights necessary for building construction by about 65 percent of the construction industry, but pose certain risks. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a tragic scaffolding accident, someone may owe you compensation for your losses. Contact the New York scaffolding accident attorneys at Fiedler Deutsch, LLP today for a free legal consultation. We are here to help you through this process.
Why Clients Trust Fiedler Deutsch, LLP
- Our lawyers have established themselves as aggressive litigators. Insurance companies and our adversaries recognize us as a law firm that takes cases to trial, and wins.
- Our lead attorneys, Duane Fiedler and Adam Deutsch, handle cases directly. We will never pass you off to a paralegal or junior staffer.
- Our attorneys will handle complicated legal tasks and help you gain access to the medical care you need during this tough time.
Why Do Scaffolding Accidents Occur?
Most scaffold accidents are preventable. Employers can almost always avoid scaffolding disasters by complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. OSHA has dozens of rules, requirements and safety checklists for different types of scaffolds in the construction industry. If an employer fails to identify hazards and take measures to keep these hazards from injuring workers, the employer could be liable for related damages. Many acts of negligence can contribute to scaffolding accidents in New York. Some examples include:
- Poor scaffold construction
- Lack of proper employee training
- Lack of personal fall protection
- Ignored OSHA regulations
- Safety plan noncompliance
- Low-quality building materials
- Negligent employees or contractors
- Overloaded scaffolds
- Lack of scaffold inspections
- Lack of scaffold repairs or replacement
- Structural collapses
Common injuries for scaffolding accidents include spinal cord injuries, permanent paralysis or disabilities, bone fractures, and traumatic brain injuries. It is critical for a construction site manager to check the scaffolds and scaffolding at a site regularly. Employers in construction must also obey federal safety standards for training workers in constructing safe scaffolds. Employers must provide the required fall protection and implement rescue plans in case of emergencies. If you believe your employer breached any of his or her duties of care in preventing your scaffold accident, contact us to discuss your legal rights.
How to Protect Your Rights as After a Scaffolding Accident
It is crucial to hire an attorney as the injured victim of a scaffold accident in New York. Employers and insurance companies often try to infringe upon workers’ rights during these types of injury claims. Hiring a lawyer can ensure the protection of your rights. Your lawyer will explain New York’s workers’ compensation system, as well as help you file this type of claim, if applicable. You could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if no one was negligent in causing your accident.
If someone was negligent, such as your employer for violating OSHA regulations, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim in New York instead. This type of claim could result in greater compensation for your injuries and losses than workers’ compensation. In some circumstances, New York law may enable you to file both types of claims for maximum relief. Keep in mind that in most cases, you have no more than three years to file an injury claim for a workplace accident in New York. Do not wait. The lawyers at Fiedler Deutsch, LLP can review your scaffolding accident case to better explain your rights and best options.
Contact Fiedler Deutsch, LLP Today | Free Consultations in New York
A scaffolding accident at a construction site in New York could lead to catastrophic or fatal fall injuries. These injuries may lead to lifelong health problems and medical expenses. If you or a loved one has a serious injury from a scaffolding accident, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you through this process. Call (914) 993-0393 to schedule a free legal consultation.