Following a scaffold collapse, your whole life can change in the blink of an eye. Surviving victims and their families can be left reeling, wondering how something like that could happen. New York City area law firm Aronova & Associates is here to help you piece together what happened and hold responsible parties liable. It costs you nothing for legal representation, unless we win money on your behalf. Whenever our scaffolding accident lawyers uncover evidence of an OSHA violation, we fight for sums that are substantial enough to cover all past, present, and future medical bills, plus additional damages, such as pain and suffering.
Severe scaffold accidents injuries and deaths are due to the heights involved. They include:
Direct factors that contribute to a scaffold fall or collapse may include:
If an accident was preventable, it means someone is liable. New York State’s first scaffold law was passed in 1885. The modern version of the New York Labor Law (Sections 240 and 241) explicitly “imposes absolute liability on contractors and work site owners who neglect to provide adequate safety regulations and devices to protect workers from falls and falling objects.”
Employers are directly responsible for worker safety. They are liable for creating comprehensive, updated safety programs and scheduling regular site inspections for fall hazards and proper scaffold use. Employees should be given appropriate tasks related to their training and skill level.
The term “absolute liability” is important for several reasons. First, it means that workers who contributed to their own accidents in some way will not see reductions in their claim for injury. Second, it also extends liability beyond the employer to general contractors, project owners, scaffolding manufacturers, and scaffolding installers.
You can play a part in preventing the heartache of a scaffolding collapse accident for another NYC family by holding liable parties accountable for their negligence. A New York Times review of construction fatalities in 2013, 2014, and 2015 found that all were “completely avoidable,” and had many common themes. Their investigation concluded that most scaffolding deaths involved:
A scaffold lawsuit will not only help you ease the financial burdens associated with sudden injury or loss, but will help you piece together what happened, so you can move on, and future accidents can be prevented.
Damages in a scaffolding collapse case can go way beyond what worker’s compensation covers, to include:
While we cannot guarantee a particular result, here are a few examples of NYC scaffolding injury settlements and verdicts:
Reach a qualified NYC & Long Island scaffolding accident lawyer at Aronova & Associates any time, day or night, to explore your full set of options. We serve all of New York City, including the construction accident hotbed of Manhattan, but also Nassau County, and the rest of Long Island. We collect no legal fee unless we win money on your behalf. You may qualify for financial compensation above and beyond worker’s compensation. In New York State, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date of the accident, so do not delay. Our experienced attorneys speak English, Spanish, Creole, French, Russian, and Greek!
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