On Staten Island, in Brooklyn and across New York City, construction workers place themselves in harm’s way every time they walk onto the job. All too often, safety measures are lax or overlooked in the interests of completing the job earlier.
Every day, the project map changes. Oversized construction vehicles move in and out of the job site, and many are involved in collisions or tip-over accidents. People working from heights can fall and suffer serious or even fatal injuries. There are holes to fall into and tools or other objects that can fall and injure you. Power tools, noxious substances and constant loud noises all contribute to safety concerns.
When the negligence of a contractor, equipment supplier or another party other than your employer contributes to the cause of an accident that has resulted in your injuries, you have the right to be fully compensated for any subsequent losses you suffer. Since injuries can arise from individual errors as well as defects in machinery or tools, multiple parties can potentially be responsible for the accident. As a result, these are complex cases that require the attention of a qualified personal injury lawyer.
At Orin J. Cohen Law, I represent workers who are harmed during construction, as well as family members who have lost a loved one while on the job.
Pursuing Recovery From All Responsible Parties
Since injuries can arise from individual errors as well as defects in machinery or tools, multiple parties can potentially be responsible for the accident. As a result, these are complex cases that require the attention of a qualified personal injury lawyer. My experience handling these types of cases enables me to identify all responsible parties to maximize your recovery.
Serious Representation For Serious Work Site Injuries
I am an experienced construction accident attorney who is competent at dealing with the complexities of construction liability claims. I represent victims who have been injured in any type of construction accident, including:
Bridge collapses — Many factors such as design defects, faulty construction materials or lack of maintenance can lead to bridge collapses, resulting in serious injuries or death.
Building collapses — Many building collapses happen because of a design, construction or maintenance defect. Victims of building collapses often suffer crushed limbs, brain damage, severe burns and toxic exposure.
Highway construction accidents — Highway construction accidents are often caused by the use of construction equipment in the work zone, as well as by auto accidents caused by negligent motorists.
Falls from heights — Falls from heights caused by missing or defective guardrails, defective scaffolding or other dangerous conditions are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and deaths at construction sites nationwide.
Crane accidents — Most crane accidents are caused by failing to use the crane according to the manufacturer’s specifications, high winds, or other unsafe conditions.
Ladder and scaffolding accidents — Workers face significant risks when they are on a ladder or scaffolding. Falls can result in broken bones, severe head injuries or spinal cord damage.
Falling materials and tools — According to OSHA, approximately 10 percent of occupational fatalities involved workers being struck by falling tools or other objects.
Negligent trenching — Trench work is sometimes necessary on construction sites to install cables, piping, wiring and other equipment below ground. However, this work can be dangerous, as workers routinely face cave-ins or trench collapses.
Gaps in flooring — Workers may fall through holes or gaps in the flooring, which can result in falls causing serious injuries or sometimes death.
Burns and explosions — On a construction site, burns and explosions are often caused by defective machinery, incorrect storage of chemicals, unsafe working conditions or other OSHA violations.
Electrical injuries and electrocution deaths — Electrocutions can happen when construction equipment makes contact with electrical wiring or overhead power lines. Construction workers are especially at risk, as electrocution is the fourth leading cause of death among construction workers.
Defective construction equipment injuries — Flaws in construction equipment can have serious consequences for workers. Construction workers injured by defective tools or equipment may be entitled to seek compensation for medical costs and lost wages.
Regardless of the type of construction accident you are involved in, my commitment to you is the same: to seek full and fair compensation for all your losses, including medical care, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other considerations.
Your Construction Site Injury Lawyer For Staten Island, Brooklyn And New York City
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates safety measures on construction sites. Its task is to prevent accidents. Once an accident occurs, however, it is time to link up with an attorney who knows personal injury law and is skilled in filing third-party claims.
Insurance companies are not your friends. They would prefer that you do not hire an attorney at all or — if you do — to not choose one with deep experience in the construction field. You owe it to yourself and those who depend on you to seek maximum compensation when your health, livelihood and financial future hang in the balance.
Contact Me To Discuss Your Construction Accident Claim
Orin J. Cohen Law is located at Victory Boulevard and Clove Road on Staten Island. If you can’t come to me, I will come to you. I often meet new clients at their homes or hospital beds.