Our lawyers are dedicated to representing workers who have been injured and will work to maximize the benefits and compensation they deserve. We stand ready to represent your interests if you have been injured as the result of a scaffolding accident.
Construction accidents can be highly complex. It is in your best interests to work with an experienced New York scaffolding accident lawyer who has a successful track record handling cases like yours. At Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., we have extensive experience handling construction site accident claims. We know how to approach liability investigations and have a vast range of resources at our disposal.
Most construction workers will at some point work on or near scaffolding to get the job done. Whether it is carpentry, laying brick, welding, painting, pipe fitting, or electrical work, these jobs and many others require an elevated location. With increased elevation comes increased risk of injury and death, especially when safety precautions are ignored.
Falls from scaffolding are one of the most common accidents on a construction site. According to the New York City Department of Health (DOH), fatality rates in the construction industry are more than five times higher than in all other fields. And even though the average total number of workplace fatalities is lower in New York City than in the rest of the country, New York construction fatalities still outpace the national average.
Falls comprise the majority of fatal construction site accidents in New York. More of these fatal falls are from scaffolds than from anyplace else, followed by falls from ladders and then from rooftops.
The DOH also reports that serious safety violations are uncovered in 90% of fatal construction site incidents. Such a high rate of safety violations show that many construction injuries could have been prevented if the required safety practices were followed.
Regardless of how they happen, most scaffolding accidents can be avoided by taking the safety precautions workers are entitled to. These are some common preventable causes of scaffolding accidents that may support a claim:
Additionally, scaffolding accidents can unfold in different ways. Our lawyers take on a range of scaffolding accident cases that arise under various circumstance. As examples, we handle scaffolding accidents that involve the following:
Scaffolding structures enable construction workers to reach towering heights. Naturally, falls from great heights often result in catastrophic injuries. Common injuries from scaffolding accidents include the following:
In New York, many scaffolding accident cases are covered by New York’s “Scaffold Law.” Despite its name, this important statute is not limited to only scaffolding accidents. In fact, the Scaffold Law covers not just many construction site injuries but also a vast number of worksite injuries in general. If your New York worksite injury was the result of a fall or a falling object from a height, you may have a claim under this worker-friendly section of the law.
Defective Scaffolding – $25.1 Million Verdict
Our client was in the process of assisting in the dismantling of a scaffold when the scaffold began to collapse, causing him to jump and to suffer serious head injuries. We proved that our client was supplied with an unsafe scaffold and that he was improperly instructed as to how to dismantle it.
Scaffold Collapse – $4.5 Million Recovered
A 24-year-old construction laborer was seriously injured when a scaffold collapsed on him, resulting in vision and hearing loss.
Fall from Scaffold – $1 Million Recovered
A 47 year old construction worker fell from a Scaffold and suffered a fracture to his arm and elbow that required surgery to repair.
Unsecured Scaffold – $1.2 Million Recovered
A 58-year-old painter fell from an unsecured scaffold, resulting in traumatic brain injury, nasal fracture, and neck and back injuries.
Read about more results obtained by our firm on behalf of construction accident victims.