New York Construction Accident Attorney
Construction zones are by nature hazardous workplaces. Detailed rules and regulations enacted by OSHA and the New York Industrial Code. These laws are intended to protect workers and visitors to building sites. Safety is supposed to come first in construction areas.
Unfortunately, despite awareness of danger and precautions in place to prevent injury, accidents happen nonetheless.
At Foulke Law Firm, Evan M. Foulke represents men and women who have been injured on construction sites throughout the New York metropolitan area, including New Jersey. There are typically three different laws that may be applicable in a construction accident lawsuit in New York.
Labor Law Section 200
Under this section of the New York Industrial Code, employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe place to work. Construction workers and other people in and around construction worksites are injured or killed every year. Often, construction accidents are caused by one or more of the following types of negligence:
- Construction companies' failure to properly train workers
- Equipment manufacturers' failure to properly label tools and machinery
- Subcontractors, delivery drivers and others’ carelessness
Labor Law Section 240(1)
Under this law, contractors and owners are liable if a worker is injured by a scaffold, ladder, or other type of injury caused by a fall from a height. Go to our scaffold accident page to learn more.
Labor Law Section 241(6)
Under 241(6), all contractors and owners, except for owners of one and two family dwellings, are required to provide reasonable protection and safety to their workers during construction, excavation or demolition projects.
Contact the law firm to schedule a free initial consultation if you were injured or if your close family member was killed in a construction accident in New York involving any of the following:
- OSHA violations
- Violations of industrial codes
- A fall from a roof
- Trench collapses
- Window washing
- Construction debris,
- Falling construction equipment,
- Bucket trucks,
- Backhoes, outriggers or other heavy equipment.
Attorney Foulke's background in insurance defense as well as his years of experience as a plaintiff's lawyer representing injured workers has given him the experience to serve as a strong advocate on behalf of construction accident victims.
How Our Law Firm Handles Construction Accident Cases
A construction site accident may result in a debilitating injury such as a bad sprain or bone fracture, a back or neck injury or a burn injury. Other construction site accidents cause catastrophic or fatal accidents including traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Whether the person who has suffered a back or head injury will recover or will experience lifelong disabilities as a result, the steps involved in preparing a claim or lawsuit are similar, as follows:
- We will conduct a thorough investigation of the causes of the accident. We will inspect the worksite, interview eyewitnesses, review of workplace safety standards, and take photos of equipment and conditions on the job site.
- We will have an evaluation of the injured worker's injuries (such as head trauma, spinal cord injuries or neck injuries), prognosis and recovery. Will the construction worker or worksite visitor regain a full range of body functions? Or will he or she always suffer from chronic pain, a limp, paralysis, blindness, deafness or the amputation of a hand, foot, arm or leg?
- We will make a detailed presentation in support of the injured person's claim for compensation. Whether a case is resolved at trial or in a settlement, the Foulke Law Firm prepares every case as though it will go to trial.
The Foulke Law Firm handles all construction accident claims on a contingency fee basis. If you do not recover financial compensation for your loss, you will not pay attorneys’ fees. Our law firm has achieved a number of successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of numerous people who have suffered construction injuries. Additionally, you can find further information about construction accidents at our resources page.
Contact Foulke Law Firm for a free evaluation of your personal injury case from an experienced New York construction accident lawyer.