Construction Accidents

Working in construction is inherently dangerous. It can be even more hazardous when a worksite is unsafe. Defective equipment, lack of appropriate safety gear, inadequate training, and improper safety protocols can all cause serious injury or death. At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, our experienced team of attorneys has successfully handled hundreds of construction injury cases in New York. We help injured workers understand their rights and fight to recover maximum awards for their injuries.

New York Labor Law & Worker Safety Regulations

New York has strict rules and regulations to ensure worker safety on construction sites. Worksite owners and general contractors have an obligation to provide workers with a safe work site, proper training, and safety equipment, and are required to ensure that appropriate safety measures are always in place. These obligations are codified in the New York State Labor Law and the New York State Industrial Code Rules and Regulations. Our attorneys understand the complex laws and regulations which surround the construction industry and stay abreast of the latest developments in construction and Labor Law litigation.

Causes Of Construction Site Accidents

Some common causes of construction site accidents may include:

  • Defective scaffolding and ladders
  • Improperly secured or unsecured ladders
  • Defective or poorly maintained equipment and tools
  • A lack of ladders or scaffolds
  • Falling objects
  • Debris-littered work sites
  • Inadequate safety training, supervision, and signage
  • Improper labeling of hazardous substances
  • A lack of safety gear, such as hard hats, respirators, eye protection, or safety harnesses and lanyards at the worksite

Workplace Accident Lawsuits

Typically, in New York State, employees are prohibited from suing their employers for an injury which occurred while at work. However, if employees have been injured due to the negligence of a third party, such as a property owner, general contractor, or manufacturer of defective equipment, they may be entitled to bring a personal injury action against that third party. Injured workers are urged to speak with an attorney well versed in the New York State Labor Law and construction litigation to determine whether there is a viable third-party action which may be brought.

How We Can Help

Construction accidents can be tragic. Injured workers can suffer from serious, life-altering injuries or death. There can be significant medical expenses, lost wages and untold pain and suffering. The jury verdicts from these lawsuits can be significant. Accordingly, construction accident cases are often hard-fought litigations where the defendants fight the plaintiff at every corner. Aggressive representation is required.

The attorneys at Cannata, Hendele & Cannata start each case by carefully analyzing that case for all possible third-party defendants and causes of action. We work closely with workers’ compensation lawyers to maximize our clients’ recoveries and hold all responsible parties accountable. We work with our clients’ doctors to understand all aspects of their injuries. We aggressively fight for our clients' rights. We have a proven track record of success.

At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, we are committed to providing personalized, quality legal representation you can trust. We are dedicated to helping clients achieve positive outcomes and holding tortfeasors responsible. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact us online or call 212-553-9205 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.