Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Accidents
What Are Some Typical Injuries Seen In These Accidents? Are These Lifetime Lasting Injuries?
Our White Plains construction accident lawyers know that any accident on a construction site has the potential to cause a permanent injury and our attorneys are committed to securing monetary compensation to Westchester’s construction workers who suffer on the job injuries. Construction involves dangerous equipment such as saws, jackhammers, as well as heavy equipment and heavy materials that are being moved around and unguarded heights. These heavy materials, machinery and dangerous equipment mean that injuries on construction sites can be serious injuries and all too often fatal. Some of the most common injuries seen are fractures and serious lacerations, as well as back, neck, shoulder and knee injuries that require surgery. Whenever a heavy piece of material falls on a worker or they are struck by a material or machinery, serious injuries and even death are likely to occur. Our Westchester construction accident attorneys have successfully handled cases involving traumatic amputations, lacerations, infections, fractures and numerous injuries which require surgery, and sometimes multiple surgeries. Our Westchester workplace accident lawyers have also handled numerous wrongful death cases.
Anytime you have a significant injury which requires surgery, your body is never going to be the same and often the worker’s ability to perform the same type of strenuous work which they did before is affected. These injuries can cause permanent limitations and there is always likelihood obviously, for arthritis to occur even after the initial healing. Our construction accident attorneys who serve the construction communities of White Plains, Yonkers, Ossining, Port Chester, Rye, Scarsdale, Harrison, Purchase, Valley Cottage, Spring Valley, Rye, Greenburgh, Nyack, Elmsford and Clarkstown are committed to making sure that injured construction accident workers get the compensation that they deserve.
What Makes These Types Of Cases More Difficult Than A General Personal Injury Case Or Accident Such As A Slip And Fall When Looking At Excavation And Demolitions Specifically?
Our Westchester construction accident lawyers have significant experience in the construction industry and unlike the lawyer who is a generalist, we know the construction regulations, as well as the construction industry. If you tell our attorneys that you were working with a pole scaffold or pump jack scaffold or a skill saw or a plank, we know exactly what you are talking about and what regulations apply. With excavation and demolition, specifically in New York, there are specific labor laws and industrial rules and regulations that apply. A lot of personal injury lawyers who have not dealt with these kinds of cases before simply just do not know the different regulations or where to find them or understand how they apply to construction. Additionally, lawyers who have not handled or been involved in construction accidents before may not understand a lot of the terminology and the lingo that is utilized in the construction, demolition and excavation industries.
Our White Plains construction accident lawyers have successfully handled hundreds, if not thousands of construction accident cases and have a lot of experience litigating these laws. Our attorneys have even appealed bad decisions under Labor Law 241 and have helped expand liberal readings of these laws for the protection of New York’s construction workers. These construction, excavation and demolition accidents require a level of experience and expertise, especially with trench type excavation accidents that may involve a cave in or demolition cases with falling objects. Whenever a construction worker has to work in a trench or excavation that is five feet or more, there are only certain slopes that are permitted. In other words, certain slopes cannot be beyond those that are required by the rules.
Additionally, whenever there is a trench, there has to be specified types of sheeting and shoring, which means that certain types of materials have to be used to keep excavations from caving in and from being undermined. Similarly, whenever you do a bigger type excavation or trench, it has to be slopped back in such a way that it does not damage or cause shifting of structures that are surrounding the construction such as roads, other buildings, or other structures. Whenever that happens, an engineering analysis done and these issues types of cases should only be handled by attorneys with experience in construction accidents.
In marine construction along the Long Island Sound and The Hudson River if there is a sloped excavation that goes below the ground water table, there has to be direct supervision by someone appointed by either the employer or the construction manager to oversee the work and to ensure that the water is not infiltrating the excavation site, which can compromise the excavation or trench which could, in turn result in a slide or a cave in. Our construction accident attorneys who handle construction accident cases in Westchester and Rockland, know all too well how seriously a worker can be injured by a trench cave in.
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