Electrocution, explosions, scaffolding accidents, defective and dangerous
products, crane accidents, construction site falls, falling debris, forklift
injuries, fires, and other types of construction site accidents injure,
maim, and kill laborers all throughout New York State.
Experienced Kingston construction site accident attorneys have seen construction workers suffer fractured skulls, traumatic brain
injuries, concussions, spinal fractures, fractured limbs, eye injury,
lacerations, broken ribs, and various other injuries when working in construction
zones. The losses experienced by those laborers as a result of those injuries
can be compensated for if an act of negligence caused the accident.
Consider the following hypothetical to illustrate the point. Larry, owner
of a construction company, secured a contract to restore the marquee of
a famous theatre in Anytown, New York. Larry and his workers erect scaffolding
so that they can commence the restoration.
Larry is all about getting the job done quickly, accurately, and within
budget. More money goes into his pocket if the job gets done early, mainly
because he will pay less labor costs. He accomplishes this by cutting
corners in keeping the worksite clean. He does not clean up his tools
and he tells his workers to leave everything lying on the ground, even
on the elevated scaffolding platforms. He even fires one worker for spending
too much time picking up tools and other debris.
One morning, at about 8:30am when commuters clutter the sidewalks on their
way to work, Larry trips on a mess of debris while traversing the length
of the third story scaffolding platform. Hitting the deck with a thunderous
thump, Larry is barely able to move for several minutes.
As this incident unfolds, a pedestrian passes by the scaffolding below
and is hit with falling debris and is also seriously injured. Larry’s
fall causes debris to drop to the ground below. The passerby is hit with
various metal objects and knocked unconscious. Later that day, the ER
doctors diagnose the passerby with a skull fracture, concussion, brain
bleeding, and neck injuries. A portion of the victim’s skull has
to be removed to relieve pressure on the victim’s brain.
Will the injured passerby be able to successfully sue Larry for the injuries
and damages suffered as a result of the accident? The answer is yes; the
passerby will have a strong case to charge Larry with negligence.
Larry is responsible for the safety of his work site. He must keep the
work site clean, just like any other reasonable person would do if they
managed a similar work site. It is entirely foreseeable that a dirty and
cluttered scaffolding platform could lead to debris falling and striking
a person below. In this particular accident, it is clear that Larry’s
failure to keep the work site in a reasonably safe condition caused the
accident that also caused the passerby to be hurt.
The pain and suffering experienced by the victim; medical bills, lost wages,
lost earning potential, long term care and rehabilitation costs, and many
other things can be compensated for by asking a court and jury to hold
Larry accountable for his negligence.
In addition to general contractors, property owners and subcontractors
construction sites in a safe condition. Each of these parties can be held liable for work
site injuries individually and collectively.
The hypothetical accident described above involved a pedestrian being injured.
These types of accidents do occur from time to time. But the more common
reality at construction sites is for workers to be injured.
Thousands upon thousands of construction workers across the United States
are injured every year while working on the job. Often times, these injuries
are the result of an accident that could have and should have been prevented.
The biggest offender is scaffolding injuries. Falls from scaffolding and
ladders account for over 40% of all falling injuries. Even though New
York has scaffolding laws, many work sites are not in compliance and injuries
continue to occur.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices.
Read what our clients are saying about us and take a look at just some of our
successful results. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to
contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878), or by using the
convenient contact form.