Working with heavy equipment, in close proximity to hazards, or at great heights or depths, construction workers are all too often involved in accidents that end a career or a life. Significantly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of the 5,702 fatal work injuries recorded in 2005, 1,186 were suffered by workers in the private construction industry—nearly one out every five. Short of death, construction accidents often leave these hard-working men and women with life-altering spinal cord injury, paralysis, brain damage, coma, loss of limb, disfigurement, burns or respiratory illness.
Construction work gear—hard hats, safety goggles, reinforced clothing—is designed to protect construction workers from site injury or death. Industry standards and OSHA regulations are in place to protect construction workers as well. Unfortunately, neither can fully protect workers from the negligent or even intentional acts that cause personal injury or death at construction sites in New York City and across our nation. Whether the injury or wrongful death results from equipment malfunction, power lines, hazardously modified equipment, transportation accidents, falling objects or an improperly erected ladder or scaffolding, the AccidentRelief.info trial team fights for the rights of injured workers and their families. Drawing on the talents of our network of construction trade and forensic experts, we conduct the thorough investigation necessary to present the best possible case. Through our careful, methodical approach, we have secured major jury verdicts and settlements that compensate our clients for the lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost companionship they suffered.
Led by Paul Yakaitis, our team negotiated a $9,460,000 settlement for our client who suffered atoxia and slurred speech as a result of an accident at the construction site where he worked.
Recently, our trial team obtained the compensation due a 26-year old man who, in the course of his work at a construction site, fell from a ladder and suffered closed head brain injury. A jury found that our client’s employer had negligently failed to provide a scaffold to him. The jury awarded our client $7,360,000—the largest sustained verdict for a closed hard injury ever awarded in the state of New York.
Our team also lent its trial skills and knowledge to the cause of a construction worker who suffered leg injuries when shoring gave way and buried his lower body. Our trial team’s efforts won over $3.2 million for our client.
AccidentRelief.info’s in-depth experience with scaffolding accidents, enabled us to negotiate a $1.7 million settlement for our client who suffered a fractured pelvis when he fell from a scaffold.
These and other clients have experienced the benefits of a New York construction accident lawyer with the mettle to take the case to trial and the experience to negotiate the most favorable settlement outside of court. If you or a loved one have been injured at a construction site, contact AccidentRelief.info to consult with an experienced New York construction accident attorney. We can provide confidential, straightforward information about the legal options available to you.