Orange and Rockland County, New York Construction Site Accident Attorneys
Protecting construction workers and their families
Construction sites are dangerous places. In fact, construction is consistently rated as one of the most dangerous occupations in America. Not only are construction accidents frequent, but they also have the potential to cause serious injuries and permanent disability. What’s more, workers’ compensation is not always enough to cover the full extent of an injured construction worker’s losses. Fortunately, New York law recognizes the uniquely dangerous nature of this type of work and requires property owners and contractors to be responsible for many types of worksite injuries, over and above any compensation received under New York or New Jersey Workers’ Compensation. Our attorneys at Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP fully understand these laws and are prepared to fight to get injured construction workers every dollar to which they are entitled.
Typical causes of construction accidents
Construction sites are a flurry of activity where there are dozens of activities and pieces of equipment capable of causing serious personal injury or death:
- Collapsing cranes
- Faulty scaffolding
- Faulty safety equipment
- Falling objects
- Chemical exposure
- Negligently operated equipment
As a result of these and other hazards, construction industry workers suffer fatal accidents at nearly three times the rate of the average American worker. It has been reported that more than four out of every 100 full-time construction workers reported being injured on the job at some point. Because of the hazards involved, these can frequently include traumatic head injuries, back injuries and other permanent and disabling conditions.
New York’s unique construction accident laws
Under many circumstances, workers who are injured on the job are usually limited to workers’ compensation benefits when seeking compensation for their injuries. In the case of construction workers, however, New York law makes contractors and property owners liable for worksite injuries that result from falls on the job or the failure to furnish appropriate safety devices, such as the following, for workers engaged in construction, demolition, repair or painting work:
This means that injured construction workers in Orange County and Rockland County New York and in areas such as Poughkeepsie and Peekskill, throughout the Hudson Valley can frequently obtain additional personal injury compensation above and beyond workers’ compensation when they suffer an injury due to such falls or the absence of such equipment. This is an important legal right. An experienced construction accident attorney from Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP can evaluate your case to determine whether you may be entitled to recover significant damages in excess of the monies received under Workers’ Compensation.
Consult a knowledgeable construction accident attorney today
Construction workers face special challenges in their work, and the law treats them uniquely as a result. If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, you may have additional legal remedies beyond workers’ compensation. The attorneys at Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP are well-acquainted with the labor laws in New York and New Jersey, and how they apply to construction workers. We can help you exercise all your legal rights to seek the full compensation you deserve. Call us today at 845-294-4080 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney. Our New City and Goshen offices offer ample free parking and easy access to public transportation.