New York City Scaffolding Accident Attorneys
Scaffolding accidents are common and can be catastrophic
Every year, the construction industry ranks at the top of the list for work-related deaths. Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities, which includes falls from scaffolds. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 72% of workers that were injured in scaffolding accidents attributed the accident to either the support or planking giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. Personal injury law protects scaffolding workers who suffer injury or death while on the job, providing compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The skilled New York City scaffolding accident attorneys at the Lipsig Law Firm specialize in construction accident injuries and have a reputation for success in recovering the maximum compensation allowed under New York state law.
Scaffolding accidents can cause serious injuries
Scaffolding, the temporary framing used in building remodeling, is used in the construction industry on a regular basis. Approximately 65% of all construction workers spend part of their time working on scaffolding. Perhaps this is why scaffolding is involved in numerous construction accidents every year. In some cases, a construction worker sustains injuries when they fall off the scaffolding. Other times, the scaffolding collapses and falls on the construction worker or an innocent bystander. Scaffolding accidents may result from defective materials, faulty installation, improper use, or objects falling off of the scaffolding.
OSHA scaffolding safety standards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, has responsibility for construction site safety. OSHA establishes safety standards for construction work and these standards are recognized as an authoritative guide to safety. OSHA’s scaffolding standards include regulations for scaffolding construction, maintenance, and use, with several key provisions for the following:
- Fall arrest or fall protection systems
- Height of guardrail
- Cross bracing
- Scaffold footings
- Scaffold platforms
- Guying ties, and braces
- Scaffold capacity
- Scaffold training
- Scaffold inspections
- Erecting scaffold
- Dismantling scaffold
When any of these published regulations or standards are violated, this may be considered negligence. As such, the violation can be used as evidence in a personal injury case when an accident was sustained due to an unsafe scaffold.
New York labor laws and the “scaffold law”
The state of New York has labor laws that provide protections for workers. Specifically:
Under New York Labor Law 200, contractors and owners are required to take steps to ensure safe workplace environments and to protect workers.
According to New York Labor Law 240, known as the “scaffold law”, contractors and property owners are liable for the safety of any and all of the following:
Under New York Labor Law 241, specific safety measures must be implemented and safety equipment must be provided at a work location to ensure worker safety.
Negligence and personal injury lawsuits
Scaffolding accidents often result in serious injury. In many cases, these accidents could have been avoided if the established scaffold safety standards were adhered to. The most common violations of OSHA safety regulations for scaffolds are as follows:
- Scaffolds must support at least four times the anticipated weight requirement
- Loose objects, such as loose brick or barrels, should not be used to support scaffold
- Planking must be overlapped by at least 12 inches
- Planks should extend over their end supports by 6 to 18 inches
- When overhead work is being conducted, overhead protection should be provided
- Materials, tools, and debris should not accumulate on a scaffold
- Shore scaffolds and lean-to scaffolds are prohibited
When these safety regulations are violated, it can be seen as exhibiting negligence on the part of the owner or general contractor. And when there is negligent action and someone gets hurt, this means there are grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury claims seek compensatory damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering that are the result of the accident.
Our top NYC construction accident attorneys recovered more than $800 Million in compensation for injured victims
The New York City construction accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. lawyers have the knowledge and legal savvy you need if you have been injured in a scaffolding accident. With more than 80 years of combined experience seeking justice and compensation for New York City area residents, our NYC accident attorneys are leaders in the field. We have recovered more than $800 Million in compensation for injured accident victims in New York City and surrounding boroughs.
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 results are unparalleled, and our firm has been recognized by leading legal publications & news organizations throughout the U.S. for decades for our outstanding achievements and notable case verdicts and record-setting settlement amounts.
Scaffolding injury settlements and verdicts
At the Lipsig Law Firm, we get results. With more than 80 years’ combined experience serving New Yorkers who have been injured due to negligence, our scaffolding accident attorneys have a track record of successfully securing multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Some of the compensation we have recovered for our New York City clients who were injured in scaffolding accidents includes the following:
$8 million for a defective scaffolding fall
Our skilled scaffolding accident attorneys persuaded a jury that our client’s lumbar disc herniation and subsequent surgeries were the result of a defective scaffolding fall that our client sustained three years earlier. The jury in the case awarded a verdict of more than $6 million; when legal interest is added, the total amount recovered for our client will be more than $8 million.
$2.6 million for accident from defective scaffolding
Our team recovered $2.6 million for our client who suffered multiple fractured ribs, considerable trauma to his knee, and underwent several procedures including spinal fusion surgery when he fell from a defective scaffold.
$1.75 million for a scaffolding fall
When our client, a construction worker, fell from a scaffold and sustained a traumatic brain injury, multiple pelvic fractures, back injuries, and fractured fingers, our scaffolding accident attorneys recovered $1.75 million for his injuries.
$1.6 million for a fall due to poorly maintained scaffolding
Our construction accident attorneys recovered $1.6 million for our client when he fell from a poorly maintained scaffold and suffered back injury, ankle injuries, and required surgeries.
$1.5 million for a scaffolding fall
When a construction laborer fell from a scaffold and suffered back and ankle injuries, our scaffolding accident attorneys recovered $1.5 million for his injuries.