A construction site accident can have long-term effects for you and your family, impacting your health, your livelihood and more. Because of the potential for injury, construction sites are held to a high standard of safety: not only for workers, but also for pedestrians who may be at risk of an injury just by walking in the vicinity of a construction site. Multiple parties on a construction project have a responsibility to protect workers and passersby from danger as much as possible, and a piece of falling debris is a sign that the site is not safe.
Construction Sites Can Be Dangerous For Anyone, Including Passersby
For more than 45 years, the lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have represented individuals injured in construction accidents. Our attorneys have been instrumental in developing the law in this area by writing briefs, preparing cases and arguing appeals at all levels of New York state court as well as federal court. Our track record is impressive: we secured a $44 million verdict for an injured construction worker. This was the largest such verdict in New York. In fact, our firm has hundreds of clients who have received $1 Million or more in compensation.
Read more about our record-setting verdict of $44 million for an injured carpenter.
Common Causes Of Falling Debris Accidents
There are several ways that falling debris on a construction site can result in serious injuries:
- Failure to secure equipment. Tall scaffolding is on many construction sites, and tools and materials are routinely stored at great heights. All equipment must be secured safely to prevent it from falling and injuring people on the ground. We also represent clients who suffered serious injuries in scaffolding collapses and other accidents involving scaffolding.
- Failure to inspect equipment. The tools and methods used to secure objects must be inspected regularly to ensure that the construction site is safe.
- Barricade is too close. No one should be close to a construction site without a hard hat. If the barricade between the site and the sidewalk or street is too close, pedestrians may be at risk.
Falling debris injuries are often covered by workers’ compensation, although in many cases a third-party claim is appropriate and the best way of securing the maximum available compensation for the injured worker.
Additionally, pedestrians and other bystanders have legal recourse to obtain financial compensation for any injuries resulting from negligence on a construction site.
You Have Rights: Learn More About Them Today
If you or your loved one has been injured by falling debris at a construction site, you may have a case for significant financial compensation. For a free consultation, call our New York City law office today at 212-227-2780. You can also reach us by completing our online questionnaire, or you can email senior partner Abraham Jaros directly at [email protected].
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