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Scaffolding Accidents in New York City

Scaffolding Accidents in New York CityHave you suffered injuries in a scaffolding accident in New York City, NY? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for financial damages such as medical bills and lost income, as well as emotional damages such as pain and suffering. Our New York City construction accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help you hold the responsible parties accountable.

Scaffolds are common instruments used on construction sites and industrial structures throughout the New York City area. They’re an essential part of construction operations, allowing workers to reach high levels. Scaffolds also provide workers with a stable platform to store tools and safely perform their job operations.

Unfortunately, scaffolds are also potentially dangerous, and are responsible for thousands of injuries and fatalities every year for workers and bystanders in New York City, New York. 

If you’ve been injured in a scaffolding accident, give us a call at (212) 564-2800 or contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers. Your first consultation is free, and you owe us nothing unless we secure a financial award for you.

How a Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help After a Scaffolding Accident in New York City, NY

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After a Scaffolding Accident in New York City, NYIf you’ve been in a scaffolding accident, our personal injury attorneys are here to advocate for your best interests. You’ll need resources to heal from your injuries and get on the road to recovery. Compensation could cover medical treatment costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers has earned a reputation for winning multi-million dollar awards. Our significant awards and settlements are a testament to our experience, talent, and passion for taking care of our clients. 

Hiring our New York City construction accident attorneys to represent you in your case means you’ll get the best. 

In addition to taking the time to meet with you to discuss your case and understand what happened from your perspective, we will:

  • Review the accident site
  • Examine the evidence, including photos, video footage, and scaffolding conditions
  • Identify witnesses and speak to first responders
  • Develop a legal plan and keep you informed and involved throughout the process
  • Consult with experts who may be able to testify in your case
  • Deal with the insurance companies to get you the best possible settlement

If the insurance company doesn’t settle or offers a low settlement, we’re always ready to take them to court. With Jay S. Knispel, you can rest assured you’re getting a top-notch lawyer who knows his way around the law and New York’s court system. 

Disproportionate Fatality and Injury Rates In New York

Construction workers in New York City are at a significantly higher risk of injury and death than any other profession. The construction industry only accounts for 5% of New York City’s overall workforce, yet 27% of all work-related fatalities occur on construction sites. This rate is five times higher than any other industry in NYC, NY.

NYC pedestrians are at a significantly increased risk of being involved in a scaffolding accident. The city is well-known for a high number of pedestrians and city workers who regularly frequent streets and sidewalks. Scaffolding accidents can potentially cause serious harm to bystanders when workers drop objects or when scaffolding collapses, resulting in falling construction materials.

Injuries from Scaffolding Accidents

The injuries that result from scaffolding accidents are often severe, debilitating, and can lead to long-term damages to your quality of life.

Common injuries include:

These injuries may result in years of lingering and expensive medical issues.

Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding accidents can occur due to several causes, whether human error or poor structural integrity. 

Poor Construction

Scaffolds that are not in a safe condition for use can lead to numerous dangerous and potentially deadly incidents, including falls and collapses. In some cases, poor construction may also be caused by defects in the scaffolding design or manufacturing.

Non-Compliance with OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed workplace safety rules to prevent the occurrence of scaffolding accidents, including additional fall protection measures and proper installation of the scaffold to the building. Serious injuries result when workers take shortcuts and do not abide by these safety measures.

Negligent Employers

Employer negligence is a significant cause of scaffolding accidents in New York City. OSHA requires scaffolds to be properly maintained and regularly evaluated to ensure the safety of public bystanders and workers. Employers are responsible for overseeing employees and ensuring that all OSHA regulations are followed. Employers are also responsible for ensuring that all construction workers are properly trained and experienced on equipment.

Additional causes 

Additional causes of scaffolding accidents that we have seen in our personal injury practice include:

  • Weak planking
  • Lack of safety equipment
  • Weather conditions

Oftentimes, there are several factors involved in these tragic accidents, including slips and falls and dropped tools. No matter the cause of your accident, our firm will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve. You shouldn’t have to pay for another’s fault.

Who Is Liable for Scaffolding Accidents?

There could be several parties who are responsible for the injuries or wrongful death that can result from a scaffolding accident. Identifying the liable party will require extensive research by a firm with the resources we have at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers.  

Liable parties could include:

  • Employer
  • Another employee
  • Property owner
  • Scaffolding company

A personal injury lawyer can review the specific circumstances in your case to determine liability.

Contact an NYC Construction Accident Law Firm After a Scaffolding Accident

Don’t settle with the insurance company until you speak with an experienced construction accident attorney about the circumstances of your case. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ve dealt with insurance companies that fight to pay out as little as possible to victims of injuries. We know the tricks of the insurance trade, and we can make sure they don’t take advantage of you.

Contact our law offices if you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of a scaffolding accident in New York City or surrounding areas. Let our team of legal professionals go to work to get you the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. 

Call today to schedule your free consultation.

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