A large crane on a high-rise building caught fire and partially collapsed in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, July 26, 2023; resulting in multiple injuries and caused debris to plummet to the ground. With numerous construction sites spanning across New York City, it is important to know all the legal remedies available, if you ever find yourself injured as a result of a construction accident.
The unfortunate accident of this morning is very sad, but it is not a new one. At Caesar, Napoli & Spivak PLLC, we have seen events like this a multitude of times throughout our over 30 years of practice. When contractors ignore repeated warnings of dangers and put the lives of workers and pedestrians at risk. As a worker on a construction site, you have the right to a safe and secured workplace. If you are injured while working at a construction site, you have a right to claim workers’ compensation from your employer which will pay for medical coverage regardless of fault and lost wages. Section 240 of New York’s labor law enables construction workers to recover compensation for injuries suffered in falls from scaffolds, ladders and other elevated positions. The law makes several parties potentially liable for damages should an accident occur, including the property owner, construction company and scaffold owner.
Our team of construction accident lawyers have represented seriously injured victims for decades, and we are familiar with how certain injuries affect one’s abilities to work and function on a day-to-day basis. When a worker is injured on a construction site, they may be able to pursue a claim for damages, in order to help recover lost wages, obtain compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and other losses.