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Scaffolding Accidents

Long Island Construction Accident Attorney

New York has a history of protecting workers from harm, and was one of the first states to put laws in place for this purpose. Under New York Labor Law 240, if work duties are taking place on a scaffolding structure, the worker must be protected as specifically outlined in this law. The law requires the following safety equipment:

  • Safety railings.
  • Roofing brackets.
  • Crawling boards.
  • Portable stanchions.
  • Personal safety gear (fall protection).

Unfortunately, there are cases in which an employer has failed to provide the legally required safety equipment or the structure was built improperly and fails to meet the state or federal safety requirements. Employers who allow workers to perform their duties on unsafe scaffolding structures can be held accountable for the injuries sustained by a construction worker who falls.

At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our construction accident attorneys are committed to assisting injured construction workers by seeking the maximum compensation available. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a scaffolding fall or other accident involving scaffolding, we are ready to review the facts in your case immediately. Early involvement in your case is of high importance, so that the evidence supporting the injury claim can be obtained and preserved.

We explore all potential claims to maximize compensation for the physical, financial and personal impact. We are ready to help in every way. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Scaffolding Accident Injury Claims on Long Island

The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, can work to uphold your rights under Section 240 to sue for damages after a scaffolding collapse or fall. Section 240 applies to workers in construction, remodeling, painting, pointing, cleaning or demolition jobs. The statute requires contractors and building owners to provide scaffolding, ladders, hoists and other equipment necessary for working at heights, including harnesses, stays, braces and other safety gear. Faulty construction of scaffolding structures or defective or inadequate safety equipment puts workers at high risk of injury or death.

Our law firm has extensive experience in construction accident injury claims and lawsuits associated with scaffolding accidents. We can represent construction workers and tradesmen who were injured, or families who have lost a loved one in one of these tragic and preventable accidents.

Our firm advocates for injured workers in all types of scaffolding accidents, including cases involving supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds, hoists and in roof work.

The elevation at which the worker was performing his or her duties can make a difference in the type and severity of the injuries sustained, but many serious injuries take place at lower elevations as well.

Some of the most common injuries suffered by construction workers in scaffolding accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Fractures (broken bones).
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Neck Injury.
  • Back Injury.
  • Amputation.
  • Internal injuries, organ damage.
  • Death.

Construction workers injured on the job have a right to expect workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, the benefits paid through this system may prove to be inadequate to support a family or to pay all the costs of a serious injury.

In many cases, it is possible to pursue compensation from a third party that holds responsibility for the scaffolding accident. We urge you to contact us so we can review the facts in your case. If additional compensation can be sought, you can be confident that this avenue will be pursued. Our firm will seek compensation for all damages from every party that can be held accountable legally.

Justice for Workers Injured in Scaffolding Accidents

We have extensive litigation experience, and an impressive record of success in negotiating settlements or achieving verdicts at trial in construction accident cases, including those involving a scaffolding fall or collapse. Our Long Island construction accident lawyers have the experience and legal knowledge to fight for you. Once we take on a case, we are committed to pursuing the maximum possible in damages.

As a trained emergency medical technician (EMT), Richard Jaffe has unique insight into injury cases. He is skilled at detailing the full impact on the injured person. In valuing the level of compensation to pursue, we will estimate the costs of ongoing medical care and treatment, as well as the value of the pain and suffering and lost earning capacity for seriously or permanently injured workers. Every case is unique with regard to the severity of the injuries and the long-term impact on the injured person. Talk to us about your case so we can advise you about what to expect after a scaffolding accident.

Our firm is here to help in every way after a serious scaffolding accident. Contact Cohen & Jaffe by phone or online now for a free consultation with our Long Island workplace accident lawyers.