Construction Accidents Due To Ceiling And Building Collapse
In Queens and other boroughs, hundreds of construction workers are hurt annually by heavy, crushing debris caused by building and ceiling collapses. These individuals commonly suffer from head, neck, and spine injuries, which can be very serious and require lengthy medical treatments. If you’ve been injured in this type of accident, you may be looking at significant time away from work, while medical bills add up. You may have also suffered psychological trauma, which can make these other tasks seem even more daunting.
You’ve worked in difficult and hazardous environments to improve our city. Now that you’ve been injured, should you have to worry about how to support your family or pay your medical bills? Absolutely not. That’s why we work to get people like you the full compensation you rightfully deserve.
Is Workers’ Compensation Enough For Me?
While workers’ compensation was originally designed to protect injured employees, it often covers only a fraction of the cost of your injuries and lost wages.
- Workers’ compensation is limited in its coverage, covering only 1/2 to 2/3 of the employee’s typical income each week.
- Workers’ compensation requires large amounts of paperwork and requires that each medical procedure be approved before it can be compensated.
- Workers’ compensation doesn’t make considerations for any psychological injuries or pain and suffering that the victim has dealt with, or the money needed to treat them.
In general, lawsuits can provide substantially more compensation than workers’ compensation alone.
It’s important to understand that upon acceptance of workers’ compensation, you are also simultaneously giving up any rights you have to sue your employer. But even if you’ve already agreed to workers’ compensation, you can still explore a 3rd party lawsuit.
Does Your Injury Fall Under The Scaffold Law?
Throughout Queens and the entire state of New York, special provisions have been made which specifically consider workers who have suffered injuries because of working at a height, or at different elevations.
Section 240 of New York’s Labor Laws, often referred to as the Scaffolding Law, protects anyone working at a height with special rights under the law. When an individual is able to successfully establish a violation under this law, full liability for their injuries immediately becomes the responsibility of the property owner or general contractor.
Scaffolding is often used to work on buildings that:
- are old or historical
- have been weathered by time and elements
- were not maintained properly
- were never built to code in the first place
These dangers are all common contributing factors to a devastating ceiling collapse.
Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you to determine if you are protected by this law, or if the incidents surrounding your injury qualify for other exceptions that entitle you to file a lawsuit.
Exceptions Typically Enabling You To Take Legal Action
Can you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions? If so, you should contact an attorney who can help you to further explore your rights.
- Do you believe that your accident occurred because of the negligence of a 3rd party?
- Do you believe that your accident was intentionally caused by someone?
- Do you believe that your accident took place because of a tool or product defect?