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Understanding Your Rights After Suffering a Construction Site Accident in New York City

If you suffered personal injury resulting from a construction site accident in New York City or are the family member of a construction worker who died on a job site, you need a law firm with a history of success taking on the construction industry. The Rothenberg Law Firm has more than five decades of success in securing financial compensation on behalf of construction accident victims, including wrongful death cases. For a free consultation to understand your legal rights under the New York Labor Laws, contact our experienced team of NYC construction accident lawyers today.

How Dangerous is the Construction Industry? What Dangers do New York City Construction Workers face?

The construction industry is widely referred to as the backbone of American industry — more than 7.6 million construction workers across various trades are working every day to build $1.4 trillion in structures annually. By its sheer density, New York City is one of the powerhouses of this industry — you can not walk down a block without seeing an active job site or a building in progress.

Construction workers enter work sites every day knowing they can suffer a significant injury or fatality because of the myriad of hazards they face. And in New York City, construction is the most dangerous industry to work in, with more than 140 deaths in 2022 and an overall upward trend in fatalities over the past five years. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), lists New York City as the fourth-most dangerous city in America for construction workers.

It’s an unfortunate fact that construction accident injuries are by no means a rarity. A recent report from NYC Health found that construction workers account for 27% of the city’s work-related injury fatalities.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

Worksites are home to a long list of potential hazards, which can be the basis for construction accident cases. Below are just some examples of hazards faced by New York construction workers.

Falling objects: Being struck by tools and materials from upper levels of a structure is a common risk, especially in New York City, where buildings punch the sky.

Falls: Construction workers risk falls from ladders, roofs, cranes and scaffolds. A high rate of scaffolding accidents in past years has prompted the passing of updated scaffolding laws in New York City. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), falls, trips and slips accounted for more than 20% of all fatal occupational injuries in the New York City construction industry.

Collapses and Shifts: Uneven or unstable surfaces pose a danger on job sites. Workers can also be injured by collapsing buildings, walls, trenches, building materials and other unsecured structures.

Working in Confined Spaces: Construction workers are no strangers to confined spaces, often entering trenches, tunnels, pipelines, storm drains, shafts, and septic tanks. In these spaces, they can face dangerous air conditions and the risk of collapsing or shifting materials. Nearly 30% of fatal occupational injuries in New York City construction occurred from exposure to harmful surfaces or environments.

Lifting: The intensely physical nature of construction work can result in back injuries and shoulder injuries.

Injuries from hand and power tools: Work sites are home to countless dangerous tools, such as nail guns, saws, drills, excavation tools, hammers, knives and grinders.

Faulty equipment: When industrial equipment malfunctions, is poorly maintained or is defective, it can cause serious injury to construction workers.

Electrical accidents: Proximity to high-voltage equipment and power lines can lead to electrocution fatalities among New York construction workers.

Exposure to Chemicals: Many of the chemicals used on construction sites are extremely toxic and hazardous, leading to serious chemical burns and other injuries.

Work vehicle accidents: Operating or working around heavy machinery and other construction equipment can pose a risk for construction workers.

Suffering a construction site accident carries a terrible cost — you can sustain serious injuries that prevent you from returning to work and cause you to face staggering medical bills. Some of the most common construction site injuries include severe contusions, broken bones, disfigurement, amputation, back injuries, electrocution, and even traumatic brain injuries.

How can you ensure the best outcome for yourself in a construction accident case?

New York City, unsurprisingly has some of the highest rates of construction site accidents in the country.

The Rothenberg Law Firm has more than 50 years of experience as personal injury lawyers representing injured construction workers.

If you or a loved one suffered a work-related injury at a construction worksite, you would want to determine if you can pursue a third-party construction accident lawsuit above and beyond just your workers’ compensation benefits.

It’s critical to understand your legal rights when dealing with insurance companies and property owners. You can be sure that site owners,  construction companies, and all other potential responsible parties are protected by their own cavalry of powerful lawyers. You need a lawyer on your side to determine who is responsible for your injury and to fight for your rights to receive financial compensation for your injuries.

What are your rights under New York Law after suffering a construction site accident?

Suffering a construction accident injury is often the basis for a personal injury lawsuit, but you will need to consult with an experienced New York construction accident attorney to determine whether your accident claim has merit.

A case evaluation will determine whether a construction accident victim can qualify for a third-party claim above just workers’ compensation benefits. In order to bring a third-party construction accident lawsuit, you need to determine that your injury was caused by the negligence of a third party- outside of your employer.

Time limits to file:

Per the New York State statute of limitations on personal injury, New York construction workers who have sustained an injury on the job site have three years from the date of their accident to pursue litigation.

Construction workers also only have two years to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

Family members who have lost a loved one have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

There are much shorter time limits if your personal injury or wrongful death claim is against a government entity, and notice needs to be filed within 90 days.

The experienced and knowledgeable legal team at The Rothenberg Law Firm will guide you step-by-step through the process of initiating a construction accident lawsuit, starting with a free consultation. Time is of the essence due to the complexity of gathering all supporting materials for your accident claim.

What is the New York City scaffolding law? What other legal protections exist for New York construction workers?

Per New York State Labor Law, construction workers are entitled to safeguards at their work site, but sadly these safety measures are not always in place, and backlogs have delayed OSHA investigations and enforcement.

Nonetheless, injured construction workers in New York City are able to bring a construction accident lawsuit under New York Labor Law Sections 240, 241, and 200.

The prevalence of scaffolding accidents has led to the passing of Labor Law 240. Known as the “Scaffold Law," it provides for fall protection. That’s because Labor Law 240 permits construction workers to sue third parties like site owners, contractors, and their agents for accidents involving gravity-related incidents like falling objects or falls from heights. Labor Law 240 also mandates that companies provide adequate protection to construction workers at job sites.

Per Labor Law 241,  New York construction workers can sue owners, contractors, and their agents for violating regulations to the New York State Industrial Code. Accidents, including electrocution, machinery, trips, slips and falls, and crane and scaffold accidents, are among the types covered.

Additionally, Labor Law 200 allows workers to sue companies for their failure to provide reasonable and adequate protection to workers on a construction site. It has similarities to a negligence case.

Understanding if your accident claim can meet the standards set under New York Labor Law is crucial. Why?

Not all job site accidents will result in a lawsuit. It’s crucial that you consult a respected team of New York City construction accident attorneys like those at The Rothenberg Law Firm, to learn more about your options.

Additionally, for construction workers injured in worksite accidents, workers’ compensation insurance does not typically cover pain and suffering. Workers comp also may not adequately compensate for damages, like the loss in earning power. Therefore, it is essential to contact a personal injury lawyer to determine if you can bring a construction accident lawsuit to receive compensation above and beyond your workers compensation benefits.

Which boroughs of New York City have the highest rates of construction site injuries?

An investigative report by the Gothamist determined that in 2022, there were 22 construction workers killed on job sites in the five boroughs, marking the highest level of fatalities since 2012, per OSHA data.

The most recent official numbers, released in April 2022 by the New York City Department of Buildings, found that Manhattan had 75 construction accidents and 77 injuries, the highest among the boroughs. Brooklyn had the second-highest number, with 30 accidents and 31 injuries. The Bronx was the third-most dangerous by accident and injury count, followed by Queens and Staten Island.

Recent Significant NYC Construction Accidents

OSHA recently reported that the rate of NYC construction accidents is higher than the national average. Details on recent NYC construction accidents can be found in the Dept. of Buildings database here.

Who can be liable in construction accident lawsuits?

Every construction job site is different, so every accident claim filed by a construction worker will be different. Whether the issue at the heart of a construction accident lawsuit is poor working conditions, faulty safety equipment, a defective scaffold, or even a wrongful death, there can be different liable parties. It is up to a reputable construction accident lawyer to guide you in the best course of action.

Some of the possible defendants in an NYC construction accident fall into one of the following categories:

  • general contractors
  • subcontractors
  • property owners
  • engineers
  • architects
  • equipment manufacturers

The Rothenberg Law Firm’s Legal Team Has the Experience and Ability you need for your NYC Construction Accident Case

As reputable and successful personal injury attorneys, we take construction site injuries very seriously. With billions won and collected for our clients and over five decades of experience, The Rothenberg Law Firm has built a reputation as one of the top New York City construction accident law firm.

Don’t allow insurance companies, property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, or construction companies to give you less than you deserve for your injuries and suffering. Contact The Rothenberg Law Firm today for a free consultation to understand your legal rights to financial compensation for your construction accident claim.

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Serious injury cases are not just business for us – they’re personal. When we take on a new client, we adopt them as part of our family, and we fight for them in every way possible.

That has been our motivating force in capturing hundreds of millions of dollars for clients we have represented during the past 50-plus years. It is also the reason we aspire to be the best personal injury firm in the country.

Hiring a Workplace Accident Lawyer in New York

If you or a loved one has been injured while working construction in New York, you need proper representation from a workplace injury attorney. The New York construction accident lawyers at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP can help you secure the compensation you need. To speak with one of our NY workplace injury lawyers, call 1-888-624-8888 or submit a free online case evaluation at

Your initial consultation with a workplace accident attorney is FREE of charge. If we agree to represent you, our New York construction accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means we’ll never charge any legal fees unless we’re successful in getting you money.

The Statute of Limitations can impose an expiration date for filing a lawsuit. That’s why it’s important to contact a workplace injury attorney in NY as soon as possible. Our dedicated team of New York workplace accident lawyers make sure you get the representation you deserve.

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