Window Washer Accidents
Clean windows that allow observers from high above our city’s streets clear views of the magnificent city below are a beautiful thing, but window washers must perform incredible feats to make this happen. If you have been injured in a window washer accident, you are well-advised to consult with an experienced NYC workers' compensation attorney sooner – rather than later. The fact is that your claim is likely to hinge on the quality of the evidence, documentation, and eyewitness testimony that is gathered at the scene of the accident (as soon after the accident as possible).
Window Washers Are Specifically Covered under NY Labor Laws
Window washing and other exterior jobs like it are so inherently dangerous that they are covered by specific sections of New York’s labor laws. New York Labor Law Section 202 specifically states that building managers, owners, lessees, and the like must ensure the safety of those contractors who wash windows at any height along the exterior of their buildings. Further, window washers themselves are legally required to refuse to perform their duties if the tools provided to them for doing so are not up to code. In other words, you have rights, and you are well-advised to explore them with a dedicated NYC workers’ compensation attorney.
The injuries associated with falling from a window washing job – if you survive – are so serious that obtaining just compensation is critical to your ability to move forward into a rewarding future. There are several categories of serious injuries that are closely associated with window washing accidents.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injuries to the brain are exactly as dangerous and disruptive as they sound. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are typically caused by a significant impact to the head and falling from a window washer's perch can certainly fit the bill. The effects of a serious TBI can be life-altering, and the emotional effects can be just as severe as the physical consequences.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord works in conjunction with your brain to perform highly calibrated bodily movements, and even a relatively minor spinal cord injury can lead to a significant decrease in range of motion (in addition to chronic pain). Further, a severe spinal cord injury can cause complete paralysis.
Breaking a bone is an exceptionally painful experience, and the healing process is often protracted. Complicated breaks often require extensive medical attention and can lead to serious secondary health concerns.
Make the Call to an Experienced NYC Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you have been injured in a window washer accident, time is of the essence, but the well-respected workers' compensation attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman – proudly serving New York City for more than eight decades – are standing by to help. We have a wealth of experience successfully advocating for our client’s best interests, and we are here for you, too. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 today.