Construction work is inherently dangerous. Working on skyscraper scaffolding, digging in trenches below city streets, and operating heavy, powerful machinery puts construction workers and others at serious risk of injury. Unfortunately, in New York City, construction site accidents are common. When you have suffered a construction site fall, turn to New York’s Lipsig Law Firm to get the maximum compensation for your injuries under the law.
At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C., our skilled New York City construction accident attorneys have more than 80 years of combined experience and an impressive, proven track record of successfully securing multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, including record-setting dollar-amount verdicts. Our NYC construction accident law firm was recognized for several outstanding verdicts awarded to our clients. A $ 20 million dollar verdict for a New York client who was struck by a bus - this verdict was recognized and documented as the 5th largest in history by the New York Law Journal Verdicts & Settlements Hall of Fame. We were also awarded two placements in New York’s Top Verdicts of 2017 for large verdicts.
When you have suffered a construction site fall, you face recovery from your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our dedicated NYC construction accident attorneys believe faulty parties, those who are negligent or reckless, should be held accountable for your injuries and we have successfully secured multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients for their construction site falls.
$8 million verdict for a fall due to defective scaffolding
Our client sustained a fall due to defective scaffolding and three years later, suffered a lumbar disc hernia, requiring several surgeries. The construction accident attorneys at the Lipsig Law Firm proved to a jury that the original construction site fall was the cause of our client’s subsequent surgeries and the jury awarded a verdict of more than $6 million. When legal interest is added to the verdict, the total amount recovered by Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. will be more than $8 million.
$4.5 million settlement for a ladder fall
Our client, a construction worker, fell 15 feet when the ladder he was standing on slipped out during construction work. This ladder fall caused significant injuries to both of his heels, and our client required surgery to both of his lower legs. Our construction site falls attorneys obtained a $4.5 million settlement for our client.
$3 million for a ladder fall
Our experienced construction site accident attorneys recovered $3 million for our client when he fell off a ladder and fractured his leg, which required four surgeries.
$3 million for an unsecured ladder fall
An unsecured ladder caused our client, a laborer, to fall and sustain multiple fracture dislocations to his foot, which then required three separate surgeries. The skilled ladder fall attorneys at the Lipsig Law Firm recovered $3 million for our client for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
$2.6 million for a construction site fall
When our client fell through a defective outdoor scaffold on a roof renovation project, our construction accident attorneys recovered $2.6 million for his severe knee and back injuries.
Falls are the leading cause of construction site accidents that result in injury or death, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the U.S . Department of Labor. In 2016, 384 out of 991 total deaths in construction -- 38.7% were attributed to falls. Workers do not need to be working on a New York City skyscraper to suffer serious injury in a fall – even working a few feet above ground level poses serious risk. Many of these falls are the result of violations of safety standards and could have been prevented.
OSHA standards are designed to prevent workers from falling off of elevated work stations, overhead platforms, or into holes in the walls and floor. The most common causes of construction site falls include the following:
Poor scaffold construction - An estimated 65% of construction workers spend part of their time working on scaffolding. It is critical that the manufacturer’s directions are followed closely when constructing scaffolding to ensure that it is stable. All open ends and sides of platforms should be protected with guardrails to prevent falls and workers should refrain from climbing on cross bracing.
Unprotected openings and floor holes - During construction, openings and holes develop in numerous places at the construction site. When sides are left unprotected, wall openings left exposed, and floor holes left uncovered, workers are at serious risk of injury. When workers are exposed to falls of six feet or greater, the opening should be covered. OSHA recommends that a protective device, such as a safety net system, guardrail, or personal fall arrest system be utilized.
Protruding steel rebars that are exposed - A reinforcing bar – known as a rebar – that protrudes and is left exposed increases the seriousness of what may otherwise be a minor injury. Carefully selected rebar guards are recommended to prevent impalement of a worker in the event they fall on the rebar.
Improper use of portable ladders - Rules of ladder safety should be adhered to when using a portable ladder, including inspecting ladders prior to use for cracked or broken pieces.
The experienced construction accident attorneys at the Lipsig Law Firm handle a variety of personal injury cases pertaining to construction site falls. When you have suffered injury due to another person or entity’s negligence, you have the grounds for a personal injury claim. Our team handles construction site falls including – but not limited to – any of the following:
Under the OSHA regulations, employers are required to provide appropriate safety equipment and gear to prevent falls and other accidents. Fall protection must be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry, and in shipyards, at elevations of five feet. At construction sites, fall protection must be provided at six feet.
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, we believe the negligent party should be held accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site fall, let us help. The construction site attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman P.C. have more than 8 decades of combined experience advocating on behalf of accident victims. Knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated, our team is results-driven. We have a reputation for recovering the maximum compensation allowed under the law. Our NYC accident attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you do not pay our firm anything until we have successfully recovered compensation for your injuries. To schedule a confidential consultation with one of our construction accident attorneys, contact our office at 212-285-3300 or online. We have two locations to serve you - 40 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038 (Main) and our Brooklyn Office at 823 56th St. 6th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11220.