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New York Construction Accident Attorneys

Decades of aggressive legal advocacy protecting injured victims and grieving families

The New York City construction accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. have successfully recovered more than $800 million in compensation for injured victims, boasting some of the largest verdicts and settlements in New York City history. Our outstanding case results for a New York City client who was struck by a bus and received a $20 million verdict was recognized and noted as the 5th largest won to date in the New York Law Journal Verdicts & Settlements Hall of Fame. Our NYC construction accident attorneys are aggressive litigators and are committed to securing the best possible results for clients. We have a long history of winning, and have also been awarded two placements in New York’s Top Verdicts of 2017.

With a reputation for excellence throughout all five boroughs, our team of top trial lawyers and prominent New York litigators bring more than 80 combined years of experience to each and every case, fighting aggressively on behalf of injured workers and the families who have been devastated by the unnecessary loss of their loved one in a construction accident due to the negligence of another party. We recover the maximum compensation allowed for your claim under New York state law.

We have successfully obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements

At Lipsig Law Firm, we get results. Personal injury and construction accident law is our firm’s primary focus and our skilled team of experienced lawyers aggressively fight to secure justice and maximum compensation for our clients. Our construction accident attorneys have successfully obtained several multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients who suffered construction-related injuries, including:

$20 Million Verdict - Lipsig Law Firm construction attorneys obtained a $20 million verdict for our client, a NYC construction worker, who was injured while working in an excavation trench in the Bronx. When a hole collapsed on him due to inadequate shoring, the power saw he was using caused severe lacerations to his face and chest, as well as back, neck, and shoulder injuries. Our construction accident attorneys proved his employer was legally responsible for the injuries and the jury awarded our client $20 million for pain and suffering, lost earnings, and medical expenses.

$8 million verdict - We proved to a jury that our client’s lumbar disc herniation and required surgeries were the result of a defective scaffolding fall our client experienced three years earlier. The jury awarded a verdict of more than $6,000,000, and when legal interest is added, the total amount recovered by our firm will be over $8,000,000.

$2.6 million - Our construction accident attorneys recovered $2.6 million for our client when he fell through a defective outdoor scaffold on a roof renovation project and sustained severe knee and back injuries.

Construction accidents on the rise in New York City

Construction is the very life blood of New York City, but the nature of construction work is hazardous, whether it involves working on scaffolding several stories high or in trenches several feet below the ground. Heavy, powerful machinery and equipment frequently used in construction work poses a serious risk of injury. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the Department of Labor, has safety standards in place for construction work, construction accident injuries are on the rise. Types of construction-related accidents include:

Ladder falls - Ladders, scaffolds and joists: equipment that allows workers to reach heights is critical to the completion of a construction project. It’s also inherently dangerous, it only takes an unstable surface or falling object to cause a fall from a ladder. Even a fall of a few feet can cause injuries that require long-term, extensive, costly medical care. For construction workers, the unexpected medical expenses and time off work can be devastating. Although OSHA has outlined rigorous protocols to protect the lives and livelihoods of workers who scale structures. However, falls from ladders, scaffolding and other construction structures and equipment are still incredibly common; they’re the leading cause of death in the construction industry, which is why our NYC construction accident attorneys will not rest until we obtain the compensation our clients deserve after a serious fall. A few of the ladder fall accident cases we have won include:

$4.5 million settlement - Our construction accident attorneys obtained a $4.5 million settlement for our client, a construction worker, who fell 15 feet when a ladder slipped out during construction work, causing injuries to both of his heels and necessitating surgery to both lower legs.

$3 million - Our team successfully recovered $3 million for our client, a roofer, who sustained a ladder fall and fractured his left leg, requiring four surgeries.

$3 million - When our client, a laborer, fell from an unsecured ladder, he suffered multiple fracture dislocations to his foot, and required three separate surgeries. Our construction accident attorneys recovered $3 million for him, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Scaffolding falls – When it comes to construction, scaffolding is a critical piece of equipment. More than 65% of construction workers use scaffolding regularly, and in New York City, that number may be higher, as the number of construction sites is higher than in other parts of the U.S. The frightening truth is that hundreds of thousands of workers are injured in scaffolding accidents each year, many rights here in New York City and surrounding boroughs. According to New York state law, it doesn’t matter whether your employer was actively negligent in causing your fall. It doesn’t matter whether you were partially responsible for the accident. And, it doesn’t matter how much control your employer had over the unsafe equipment. If your employer failed to provide the “proper protection”, and you were injured by the scaffolding, they can be held legally responsible in a civil lawsuit. At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. we fight for maximum compensation for injured workers and our results speak for themselves, including:

$2.8 Million - Verdict won after a construction worker fractured ribs and injured his spine due to a defect in scaffolding which caused him to fall.

$1.75 Million - Verdict won for a man who suffered from back injuries, a fractured pelvic, and brain trauma from a scaffolding fall.

Electrocution - Electrocution is the third most common construction accident according to OSHA, accounting for almost 10% of all worker fatalities. Electric shocks can be catastrophic, resulting in severe burns or nerve damage leading to permanent disability, or death. More often than not, it is the property owner’s negligence that led to the hazard in the first place. Owners of commercial and residential property have a simple responsibility to workers - maintain safe electrical systems at all times. Many property owners do not take their responsibility seriously. Our NYC construction accident lawyers take every accident and every negligent action seriously and are dedicated to protecting the rights and financial future of those injured by electrocution or other construction accidents.

Crane accidents - Cranes, hoists and derricks are critical to most NYC major construction projects. But such large, powerful machines are inherently dangerous. With a poorly-trained operator at the controls, these massive tools can become unwieldy, deadly weapons. If cranes are not properly maintained, or were defectively designed from the start, they can prematurely release their loads. Workers have been crushed by falling objects, suffering severe head trauma and permanent disability.

Building or roof collapse - When a building or roof collapses due to foreseeable human error, and workers are injured, the structure’s designers or contractors may be legally liable for the accident due to negligence, inadequate or improper materials or shoddy construction.

Falling debris - Over 10% of all worker deaths, and 37% of the injuries that require hospitalization, are directly caused by falling objects. Injured workers often suffer debilitating head trauma, which can lead to life-long complications like Traumatic Brain Injury, and the risk of back and neck injury is high.

Forklift accidents – Tens of thousands of injuries are caused by defective or improperly operated forklifts every year. Much like car crashes, many forklift-related accidents are caused by operator fatigue. In this case, employers may be legally responsible for forcing workers to labor on unreasonable schedules. According to federal law, forklift operators must be trained and certified to do the job. In addition, forklifts must be operated only by persons over the age of 18. If an uncertified operator causes personal injury, their employer may be legally responsible.

If you or someone you love has suffered a construction-related injury – whether minor or serious – contact us today for a free case review - you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

What’s the difference between workers’ compensation and personal injury lawsuits?

All states require some form of workers’ compensation that provides compensation to workers who are injured on the job, regardless of who is at fault for the workplace accident. However, the compensation that can be recovered under workers’ compensation is usually less than what a worker can recover in a personal injury lawsuit. And not all workers’ compensation laws apply to every lawsuit filed by an injured worker. Personal injury lawsuits offer the potential for higher damage awards.

Personal injury lawsuits for construction accidents

Personal injury lawsuits revolve around the issue of negligence. And when the laws that are in place to protect construction workers from sustaining workplace injury are not enforced and the worker suffers injury or fatality, our firm believes that the negligent party should be held accountable. Under Sections 200, 240 and 241 (6) of New York State Labor Laws, an injured worker may have a claim against a general contractor or owner, depending upon the type of construction accident:

  • Section 200 requires owners and contractors to take measures to provide safe workplaces and protect workers
  • Section 240 , which is also known as the ‘scaffold law”, protects the rights of workers if they have been struck by a falling object or are injured in a high fall
  • Section 241 specifies safety measures that must be carried out and safety equipment that must be provided at a work site

Our New York City construction accident attorneys get results

At the Lipsig Law Firm, we fight for New York City workers who have suffered injury in construction accidents. Instead of simply accepting whatever workers’ compensation you may be offered, contact one of our experienced construction accident attorneys to explore your options and discuss the compensation you may recover under personal injury law. Medical bills, surgeries, lost work time, and pain and suffering are significant losses and we believe that the negligent parties should pay. Our team works on a contingency basis, so you do not pay anything until we successfully recover compensation for your injuries. Contact a member of our team today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your construction-related injury. We can be reached at 718-395-4669 or contact us online. We have two very convenient locations to serve you at 40 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038 (Main) and our Brooklyn Office at 823 56th St. 6th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11220.

Latest Construction Updates

The following is information pertaining to various construction accidents, how and where they took place as well as lawsuits and settlements.

September 7, 2018 – Five Construction Workers Injured In Ceiling Collapse

On a construction site located at East 38th Street, an accident occurred resulting in five construction workers being injured. According to a DOB inspector, interior demolition work was being performed on the fourth floor of a building when the wood and plaster ceiling collapsed on the workers. Two of the workers were in serious condition and taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. A violation and full stop work order were issued.

August 8, 2018 – Construction Accident Inside 3 World Trade Center Leaves One Man Injured

On Thursday, August 2, an accident occurred inside 3 World Trade Center. Medics arrived around 2:30 pm to treat a construction worker who injured his leg as he was dismantling a wall of sheetrock and plywood. The injured worker was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the accident is under investigation by the Department of Buildings and the FDNY.

July 18, 2018 – Construction Worker Killed In Manhattan Construction Accident

The NYC Department of Buildings shut down a construction site in Upper Manhattan after a fatal construction accident Thursday, July 12. A 28-year-old male worker was struck in the head by a piece of scaffolding. A piece of scaffolding came loose and fell 12 stories before fatally striking the man. He was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Department of Buildings issued a violation and a full stop-work order for the site. They are currently investigating the circumstances of the accident.

June 19, 2018 – Security Guard Killed, Construction Worker Injured In Manhattan

The New York City Department of Buildings issued a stop work order at a Manhattan construction site after a glass panel fell, injuring a construction worker and killing a security guard working at the site. A violation was also issued for failure to safeguard the site.

An 8-foot-by-14 foot glass panel tipped over while it was being moved, crushing the security guard and hospitalizing the construction worker with non-life-threatening injuries.

May 21, 2018 – Binghamton Construction Company Owner Killed In Work Accident

A construction worker who operated a construction business out of his home was killed in a work accident there on Tuesday, May 8. The accident happened at around 9:40 a.m. at the man’s home and place of business. The man was attempting to load a skid-steer onto a trailer, when something happened that caused him to be caught between the two pieces of machinery. The exact cause of the accident is not known at this time.

April 16, 2018 – 3 People Injured When Scaffolding Collapses In Brooklyn

One construction worker and two civilian passersby were injured when a 20-foot piece of scaffolding fell onto a sidewalk in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 14. Construction crews were dismantling the scaffolding when a section collapsed on Joralemon Street. A crew supervisor suffered a serious arm injury, while two pedestrians were struck by the section. They are expected to recover from their injuries.

The NYC Department of Buildings cited the company, New Force Construction, for a failure to safeguard persons and property during a construction operation. This violation carries a $25,000 fine. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

March 21, 2018 – Construction Worker Killed In Queens Forklift Accident

A 34-year-old construction worker from the Bronx was killed in a forklift accident at a job site in Queens on Tuesday, March 13. The accident occurred at the site on 89th Avenue near 150th Street at around 11 am. The worker was riding on top of the forklift when the operator put the machinery in reverse, causing the 34-year-old to fatally strike his head on a beam near a low part of the ceiling. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The construction site had five open Environmental Control Board violations, including one for working without a permit in 2017. There were also multiple active stop-work orders at the site. The Department of Buildings issued a violation for failure to safeguard a construction site.

February 16, 2018 – New Jersey Construction Worker Injured In 20-Foot Fall

A 37-year-old construction worker was injured after falling 20 feet through a hole in the floor at his job site in Hackensack, New Jersey on February 9, 2018. The accident happened at The Shops at Riverdale. The worker allegedly fell through the hole while walking and suffered injuries to his ankles and back. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.