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For over 45 years, the lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully represented many people who have been injured in various types of construction accidents. We have litigated these cases at all levels of the state and federal courts for injuries suffered by 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 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.”

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If a construction worker is injured while engaged in 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 often more than just collecting workers’ compensation benefits to which the worker is entitled from the employer. Workers’ compensation provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job. The benefits under workers’ compensation include payments based on a percentage of the employee’s average weekly wage for 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.

“Third-Party” Lawsuits

In some instances, however, what is called a “third party” may be to blame for the injuries that occurred on the job site. When a construction site accident occurs, the owners, architects and manufacturers of equipment can all, at times, be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions. The general contractor and all subcontractors are also 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.

Learn more by reading our article, “Injured While at Work.”

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.

When someone is injured while working on a construction project, it is often possible to find a “third party” who may be liable in the event of an injury, other than the injured worker’s employer. This is important because while workers’ compensation benefits do not provide compensation for the pain and suffering that a person endures as a result of an accident in a “third-party” action, pain and suffering damages as well as all past and future lost wages and medical needs are recoverable.

We Are Leaders In Construction Accident Litigation

Because this type of litigation, also at times referred to as the “Labor Law,” requires particular legal knowledge and expertise that the average attorney may not possess, it is important that you select a law firm with a proven track record of success in this area of law. Jaroslawicz & Jaros has not only been successful in obtaining a $44 Million verdict for an injured construction worker, the largest such verdict in New York, but for many years has helped to make the law in this area by writing briefs and arguing appeals at all levels of the state appellate courts, including New York’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany, New York, as well as at all levels of the federal courts.

Construction Accident Settlements And Verdicts

  • $44 Million verdict in a construction accident case for a client who was injured when he fell from a wall on a construction site. This was the largest verdict of its kind in New York history.
  • $4.9 Million settlement for damage to a building, which occurred due to the construction of an adjacent building.
  • $3.1 Million settlement for a laborer who was struck by a falling object while on a construction job.
  • $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.
  • $1.55 Million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his back.
  • $1.5 Million settlement for a laborer who fell and injured his back when a trench gave way.
  • $1.5 Million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his bicep.
  • $1.45 Million settlement for a construction worker who suffered a knee injury when struck by a falling ladder.
  • $1.4 Million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his back.
  • $1.32 Million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his knee.
  • $1.3 Million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a scaffold and injured his neck.
  • $1.25 Million settlement for a construction worker who burned his hands while carrying tar on a roofing project.

The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have handled numerous cases involving people who have suffered serious injuries while working on construction projects, including falling off of ladders or scaffolds, falling into trenches or off roofs, being injured by falling pipes and other objects, stepping on debris, getting injured by machinery and many other fact patterns.

More Case Examples

Crane Collapse

Jaroslawicz & Jaros has been involved as lead counsel in cases involving cranes that collapsed on construction sites in New York City. In one case, we wrote and argued the appeal before the higher court where the appellate court upheld Jaroslawicz & Jaros’ claim for its client’s emotional distress in the 51st Street crane collapse.

Sign Repairer’s Right To Sue

In a leading case which interpreted New York State Labor Law involving an injured construction worker’s rights to sue, our firm was successful in bringing a case for an injured worker under New York State Labor Law where David Jaroslawicz of Jaroslawicz & Jaros wrote the brief and argued before the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state of New York. In Izrailev vs Ficarra Furniture, 70 N.Y.2d 813, 523 N.Y.S.2d 432, the New York Court of Appeals permitted recovery under the New York State Labor Law statute to an electrician who was injured while attempting to repair a sign. This case established the law for the first time that working on a sign was to be considered working on a structure, and this gave the injured worker the protection and benefit of the Labor Law statute, thus permitting the worker to recover from his injuries.

We Have The Experience, Knowledge And Resources

Because this type of litigation often requires that multiple experts be retained to properly support the case, including experts to prove liability, who would be persons with expertise in construction such as engineers and construction managers, as well as doctors, rehabilitation experts and economists who can explain the severity and extent of the injury and the loss of earnings and future earning capacity to the court and a jury, it is important to retain a law firm that has the experience in the field as well as the financial ability to retain the proper experts to both consult with and to testify on your behalf should your case proceed to trial.

Contact Us After A Construction Accident

If you or a loved one has had a construction-related accident that has resulted in a serious physical injury and is in need of legal assistance, call Jaroslawicz & Jaros in New York at 212-227-2780. You can also submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call as soon as possible to ensure that you do not waive your right to compensation. Or you can email Abraham Jaros directly at

Learn more about your rights and how an attorney can help you by reading our articles “What If I Am Illegal and Hurt On The Job?” and “What Are ‘Damages’ in a Personal Injury Case?.

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