New York Plumber Accident Attorneys
Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers in NYC Representing the Rights of Injured Plumbers
Plumbers are vital to the New York construction trade. Most people only think of plumbers when they have a clogged drain or toilet, but plumbers get the initial plumbing installed in all our new buildings around the Bronx and other boroughs. However, plumbers can be injured, just like any other worker on a job site, and when they are, they require expensive medical care.
At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, we have represented many plumbers in lawsuits for on-the-job injuries. If you have suffered an accident, you should contact a Bronx construction accident attorney right away to review your case.
Accidents Involving Plumbers
Job sites are inherently dangerous for all kind of workers, and plumbers are not exempt. Many plumbers are injured in the following types of accidents:
- Falling from heights. Plumbers need to be properly supported when they are working high up. Using a ladder is dangerous and only for short-term work. Scaffolding can collapse or harnesses could fail, sending a plumber plummeting to the ground.
- Hit by falling debris. Buildings in construction are prone to having debris or materials fall off. Someone working high above the plumber could drop something and strike people below.
- Struck by equipment. A heavy piece of equipment could strike a plumber. If a crane is being used in the vicinity, then it could hit a plumber if the operator is not careful.
- Injured by defective power tools. Plumbing tools have gotten more powerful over the years, and any defect could cause the tool to malfunction, injuring the plumber.
Plumber Magazine has also identified the following as risks that plumbers face:
- Working in confined spaces that can make breathing difficult
- Asbestos, which is still used in old buildings
- Eye injuries, especially when a plumber does not have adequate eye equipment
- Hearing loss as a result of a noisy work environment
Other plumbers are injured due to the repetitive nature of their jobs, though this type of situation would not qualify as an “accident.”
Finding Compensation for Your Injuries
Those injured in construction jobs have a few sources of compensation in many cases. For example, if a defective tool or piece of equipment injured you, then you can often sue the manufacturer for selling something defective. You can receive compensation for your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
However, if your employer is responsible for the accident, you probably can't sue under New York's workers' compensation laws. Make sure to analyze who is to blame fully. For example, a subcontractor might be responsible, or the project owner could be, in which case you might sue. In other cases, injured plumbers can only receive workers’ comp benefits, which will replace only a portion of a worker’s average weekly wage.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a New York Construction Accident Lawyer
If you are a plumber who was injured on the job, you may be entitled to significant compensation. An attorney at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman will have a better idea of your options if you schedule a free consultation. Please call 212-285-3300 or submit our contact form.