Construction accidents hurt thousands of people each year – and despite federal regulations governing the industry, construction site work remains one of the most dangerous jobs in today’s market. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury from a construction accident, contact the Syracuse construction injury lawyers at Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, for information and advice about your rights. Our attorneys work with economic and accident reconstruction experts to help prepare your case. We will also help you decide whether it is more prudent to fight or to settle a case in order to obtain the maximum award.
New York Construction Industry: A Dangerous Occupation
Construction is an inherently dangerous industry for many reasons, primarily the heavy equipment and materials utilized on construction sites. Cranes carrying thousands of pounds of metal and scaffolding for workers who must labor multiple stories above the ground are simply always going to be dangerous. Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:
- Crane and scaffolding accidents;
- Dangerous and defective machines;
- Mechanical and chemical handling of compressed gas;
- Logging accidents;
- Welding, cutting and brazing injuries.
While the industry may be hazardous even under the best of conditions, negligence plays an unfortunate role in many serious accidents. If the contractors responsible for a work site fail to maintain important safety standards, or if manufacturers provide defective equipment, these companies may be held legally responsible for any injuries that result.
Most injured construction workers cannot sue their employers or co-workers because of New York’s Workers Compensation Law, but because there may be more than one party involved in a construction accident, many accident cases involve several potential third-party defendants. Third party defendants might include the owners, architects, subcontractors and equipment manufacturers, all of whom may bear responsibility for your injuries. Construction equipment makers may also be found negligent if injuries are caused by the defective design and manufacture of their products, ranging range from power tools to scaffolding to heavy equipment.
In any personal injury case, negligence must be proven and it must be established that the injury was caused by that negligence in order for a damage award to be made. An experienced personal injury attorney must prove the critical elements of negligence including:
- The defendant had a duty to you;
- The defendant failed in that duty;
- Your injury was caused by the defendant’s breach of duty, and damages resulted from the injury.
Even absent of showing negligence, some property owners may be liable for injury occurring to workers who fall from scaffolding, roofs, or other structures.
Contact Our Syracuse Construction Accident Lawyers Today
At Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, we work with accident reconstruction and economic experts to help prepare your case, and we give your case our full attention. Our Syracuse construction accident lawyers also provide assistance with other legal problems that arise during the pendency of the case.
Our goal is to provide quality legal services while treating each client with care and respect. If you or one of your family members has suffered a serious injury from a construction accident, contact us for a FREE evaluation toll-free or via our online contact form. Our Syracuse injury lawyers respond to all calls and inquiries on the same day received.
The New York communities we serve include, but are not limited to,Syracuse, Rochester, Watertown, Elmira and Binghamton.