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New York Scaffolding Accident Lawyers

Respected Construction Accident Lawyers Go to Battle for NYC Scaffolding Accident Victims

Scaffolding is one ever-present reminder that NYC constantly continues to grow and improve.  While often essential to construction projects throughout the city, scaffolding also, unfortunately, presents an ever-present danger to workers.  Often, the dangers involved in using scaffolding arise from someone else’s carelessness—meaning that you may have the right to financial compensation.

At Proner & Proner, our top-rated construction accident lawyers are here to answer the questions that you likely have about your right to compensation for your injuries.  When you can’t work after the scaffolding accident, you need to make sure your family’s finances are protected by hiring the best lawyer possible to fight for compensation for:

  • Medical bills,
  • Lost wages,
  • Future lost earning capacity or long-term disability.

Our lead attorney, Mitchell Proner, has dedicated his entire career to advocating for accident victims’ rights throughout NYC.  He was once a victim himself, so he has first-hand knowledge of what’s at stake in your case. We’ve already recovered over $400 million for accident victims in NYC—and this number continues to grow by the day.  

If you or a loved one have been injured in a scaffolding accident in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or elsewhere in NYC, our construction accident lawyers are here to help.  We keep our phone lines open 24 hours a day, so call us today for a free case evaluation to learn about your legal rights. You can also contact us online by filling out this online form.

Safety Precautions to Prevent NYC Scaffolding Accidents

Increased risk of falls is one significant downside of relying upon scaffolding in construction projects throughout NYC.  Depending upon the scaffolding height and other circumstances, you might be facing a lengthy recovery period. This makes scaffolding safety especially important to workers.  To keep you safe, at a minimum, the following safety precautions should be taken:

  • A project manager or supervisor should inspect scaffolding daily,
  • Debris should be cleared from scaffolding daily,
  • No modifications to the structure should be made without approval,
  • Unnecessary materials should not be stored on the scaffolding,
  • Before work begins, all snow, ice, and slippery materials should be removed.

Unfortunately, once a scaffolding accident has taken place, the injuries are often serious.  We have experience recovering compensation for accident victims who have sustained:

New York Law Protects Scaffolding Accident Victims

The general character of NYC—condensed, highly populated—makes scaffolding much more prominent here than in other cities.  New York labor laws have been amended to provide protection for workers injured in scaffolding accidents. Under New York Labor Code Section 240:

  • Construction site owners and general contractors must ensure scaffolding is properly constructed,
  • You must be given safety equipment necessary to use the scaffolding safely.

This law generally makes it easier for scaffolding accident victims to recover compensation.  Property owners and general contractors can be held strictly liable for your injuries under Section 240—whether you fell from the scaffolding or the scaffolding itself fell or collapsed.  Section 240 applies regardless of whether your work accident involved:

  • Mobile scaffolds
  • Tubular steel scaffolding
  • Baker scaffolds
  • Wood scaffolding
  • Pole scaffolds

Section 240 can also apply if you’ve been injured in a crane accident, forklift accident or other type of construction accident involving work from heights.

Our labor accident lawyers are here to make sure you understand all options for recovering compensation for your injuries.  Potential recovery options may include:

  • Workers’ compensation, under which you receive benefits but cannot sue your employer,
  • Personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party, such as a property owner, engineer, architect or other individual responsible for the scaffolding safety,
  • Wrongful death lawsuit if the scaffolding accident resulted in the death of your loved one.

Results-Driven New York Scaffolding Accident Lawyers Work Tirelessly to Get Compensation for Injured Clients

The talented team of construction accident lawyers at Proner & Proner is here to make sure every aspect of your scaffolding accident claim is covered.  We will:

  • Talk to the insurance companies,
  • Complete all paperwork,
  • Investigate to find out what caused your accident,
  • Help you understand the options for getting compensation in your case.

We don’t leave money on the table for our injured clients.  Our pledge to you is that we will leave no stone unturned in recovering all available compensation in your case, which may include:

  • Current and future medical expenses,
  • Current and future lost wages,
  • The cost of rehabilitative care and physical therapy,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Long-term disability,
  • Loss of enjoyment of life,
  • Loss of consortium and financial support in a wrongful death case.

To discuss the compensation that may be available after your work accident, call our labor accident lawyers at any time.  We only recover attorneys’ fees if we win for you, so there’s no risk in getting our opinion.

Call Our Trusted NYC Construction Accident Lawyers for Help with Your Scaffolding Accident Claim

Working from scaffolding is a common element of NYC construction projects—and the risk of a fall is always present.  Regardless, you don’t waive your right to compensation just because you understand that there is a risk of harm in this dangerous work.

At Proner & Proner, our experienced construction accident lawyers have the experience and work ethic needed to get fair compensation in your case.  Call or contact our firm today to learn more about how our lawyers can help with your scaffolding accident claim.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scaffolding Accident Claims in New York

FAQ: How is Labor Law Section 240 different from claiming regular workers’ compensation benefits in New York?  

The primary difference between the two recovery options is the type of compensation available.  Workers’ compensation usually only covers medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages and wrongful death compensation.  Under Labor Law 240, you also have the right to recover compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering after a scaffolding accident.

FAQ: What time limits do I have to be aware of after a scaffolding accident?  

Although New York imposes a three-year limit on filing a personal injury lawsuit and a two-year limit on wrongful death claims, work accidents are subject to additional timing rules.  You must notify your supervisor of the accident as soon as possible—but generally within 30 days—of the scaffolding accident. After you provide this notice, you have a one-year period to file for workers’ compensation.  There’s also a seven-day waiting period before you can receive workers’ compensation benefits. Once seven days have passed, you receive benefits from day one (retroactively).

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