Construction sites are inherently dangerous places. Great heights, heavy equipment, and completion deadlines all contribute to accidents that cause injury and death on construction sites. Workers and passersby injured at construction sites in New Jersey or New York may have a remedy for their injuries and associated costs. They may be able to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information about construction site accidents, contact an attorney at Koles & Burke LLP to schedule a free consultation on any accident cases.
There are several legal options available for people injured on construction sites. In New York, section 240 of the New York labor law, known as the “Scaffolding Law,” allows workers injured in falls to bring an action against the employer or property owner for injuries sustained in a fall, whether the employer was at fault or not. Workers’ compensation laws in both New Jersey and New York provide compensation for workers injured during the course of their employment. Like the Scaffolding Law, workers’ comp laws apply whether or not the employer was at fault.
Passersby who are injured because of a failure to guard a construction site properly may be able to file a slip and fall claim under premises liability law. In addition, workers hurt on construction sites by third parties who are not their employers—drivers of materials delivery trucks or the employees of a subcontractor—may be able to file a personal injury claim against the third party employer or employee.
Our clients in construction site accident cases have included people from every construction trade. They have fallen from ladders and scaffolding, suffered electrocution, and been hit by debris and materials. They have been injured in construction vehicle accidents, shoring accidents, and explosions. They have developed rare cancers because of chemical exposure. We work with clients such as these to determine their best option for obtaining compensation for their injuries and lost wages. To learn whether we can help you after an industrial injury or construction accident, call a lawyer at Koles & Burke LLP to learn about your rights.