Construction Accident Injury Lawyer

Written by
Abraham Jaros
Updated on Monday, Mar 25, 2024

For over 40 years, the lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully represented many injured construction workers who have been hurt in various types of construction accidents. We have litigated construction related cases at all levels of the State and Federal Courts for injuries suffered by construction workers while engaged in construction work. Before hiring any law firm to represent you when you have been injured in a construction site accident, it is important to look at their track record to see what they have accomplished in the past.

The firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros obtained a $44 Million Verdict for a carpenter who was injured when he fell 25 feet off of a wall that was being built at a construction site. This case was the largest verdict in New York and was published and featured in the “Top New York Verdicts.”

Construction accidents can be incredibly dangerous and lead to serious and permanent injuries. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, you need legal help. You may be facing expensive medical bills and missed time from work. Jaroslawicz & Jaros PLLC are experienced construction accident lawyers who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

If a construction worker is injured while performing his job, in either the demolition, construction or alteration of a structure or building, the worker may be entitled to significant monetary damages. These damages are more than just collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits to which the worker is entitled from their employer.

Workers’ Compensation provides benefits to workers who were injured on the job. The benefits under workers’ compensation include payments based on a percentage of the employee’s average weekly wage for a temporary, total or partial disability. Workers’ compensation will also cover medical expenses for treatment and vocational rehabilitation services that are considered to be reasonable, necessary and related to the injury.

The benefits available under Workers’ Compensation are limited and do not reflect what you can obtain if the accident occurred due to the negligence of another party other than your employer.

This is known as a “third-party” lawsuit.

The difference between obtaining Workers’ Compensation benefits and filing a “third-party” lawsuit is that for Workers’ Compensation benefits fault is not an issue. Even if you were injured, and it was all your fault, you are still entitled to your Workers’ Compensation benefits.

However, to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering you must file a “third-party” lawsuit against an entity that can be claimed to have been negligent in causing your injury.

In order to protect construction workers engaged in dangerous activities on a daily basis the law in New York very much favors the worker. The law is designed to place the blame on everyone involved in the building project to take away the profit incentive to cut corners and not follow safety standards.

“Third-party” lawsuits.

In many instances, a “third party” lawsuit may be brought to place the blame for the injuries that occurred on the job site on the owners, architects, and manufacturers of equipment that can all, at times, be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions. The general contractor and all subcontractors are all required to provide a reasonably safe work site, to warn of any hazards at the site and work activities, to hire safe and careful employees, to coordinate job safety, and to supervise compliance with safety specifications, rules, and regulations.

Although you may not sue your employer for an injury suffered on a construction site, which is why you are entitled to your Workers’ Compensation benefits, you may sue the owner of the property, the owner of the land, the safety company, the general contractor-if you did not work for the general contractor- or any subcontractor that may have caused your injury that you did not work for.

While working a construction job you are particularly susceptible to being injured, so that you have protections under the New York Labor Law. For example, if you fall off of a ladder or a scaffold while working at a construction site, you come under a specific section of the New York State Labor Law, §240. If you fall from a height then Labor Law, §240 serves to protect you and means you will be awarded compensation for your injury.

If, for example, a construction worker is given a tool such as a drill, saw, grinder, or other piece of equipment, which is missing a safety guard or is otherwise defective, the owner of the property and of the land, as well as the general contractor may then be held responsible under Labor Law §241(6).

Manufacturers of construction equipment are responsible for designing and maintaining safe products, and all owners and contractors are responsible to provide safe equipment and a safe work environment. Defective or dangerous products may include scaffolding, cranes, power tools, derricks, hoists, conveyors, woodworking tools, ladders, winches, trucks, graters, scrapers, tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, backhoes, heavy equipment, boilers, pressure vessels, gas detectors and other types of construction equipment.

It does not matter if you are a legal citizen of the United States or if you are an illegal immigrant. You still have rights to obtain your Workers’ Compensation benefits and also the right to sue a third-party to obtain compensation for your injuries.

It also does not matter if you were working in what is known as “off the books” and being paid in cash and did not file your taxes-you still have the right to bring a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries if you were hurt while working. It doesn’t matter whether you were working on the books or off the books, you just have to prove that you were working when you were injured.

Who is to blame in your construction accident lawsuit?

As you can see, there are numerous companies, property owners or other parties who could potentially be held to blame for your injury according to the New York Labor Law. With decades of experience with construction accidents and New York Labor Laws, we’re perfectly positioned to investigate and come to a conclusion about who should be held responsible to compensate you for your injuries.

It is very important to contact an experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs on the job site as there may be evidence that is needed and may later become unavailable. This evidence could include videos, police reports, incident reports, photos of the accident scene, and witness statements.

Jaroslawicz & Jaros – Construction Accident Lawyers

Some of our past construction accident settlements and verdicts

  • $44 Million verdict in a construction accident case for a carpenter who was injured when he fell from a wall on a construction site. This was the largest verdict in New York.
  • $4.9 Million settlement for damage to a building, which occurred due to the construction of an adjacent building.
  • $4 Million verdict for a 38-year-old worker who suffered a hand injury while using a defective saw.
  • $3.6 Million settlement for a 51-year-old construction worker who injured his back on a temporary ramp.
  • $3.5 Million settlement for a 43-year-old construction worker injured when he fell off a scaffold.
  • $3.5 Million settlement for a 37-year-old construction worker injured when slipped while working.
  • $3.5 Million settlement for a 46-year-old construction worker injured knee when struck by tool.
  • $3.1 Million settlement for a laborer who was struck by a falling object while on a construction job.
  • $3 Million settlement for a 51-year-old construction worker who suffered a back injury when struck by a falling object at a job site.
  • $2.85 Million settlement for a 31-year-old construction worker injured leg by falling object.
  • $2.6 Million for a 46-year-old construction worker injured back when stepped into an open hole.
  • $2.5 Million for a 56-year-old construction worker who injured his back when he fell off of a ladder.
  • $2.5 Million for a 25-year-old construction worker injured neck and back when wood fell.
  • $2.5 Million for a 45-year-old construction worker injured back on ramp.
  • $1.9 Million settlement for a construction worker who was struck by falling pipes and suffered a neck injury.
  • $1.9 Million settlement for a construction worker who injured his legs when he fell from a wall on a construction site.

Contact the construction lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros for more information on how we can help if you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident. For over 40 years, the lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully represented many people who have been injured in various types of construction accidents.

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You do not have to go through this alone.

At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have over 40 years of experience helping accident victims in New York recover compensation. The clients we represent benefit from the personal attention of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.

We Have Recovered Over $2 Billion for Our Clients.

The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have obtained verdicts and settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of our individual clients. Since all New York personal injury law firms generally charge the same legal fee why not hire an experienced law firm with a proven track record?

When you retain the New York City accident lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros, you will always work directly with your lawyer, and not with a paralegal or secretary. We will always be available to you! Our hundreds of positive client reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.

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