Scaffolding and Ladder Accidents

Construction Site Injuries From Scaffolding and Ladders

In recognition of the special danger faced by construction workers in our vertical cities, New York state law gives special legal protection to workers on scaffolding and ladders. New York’s scaffolding and ladder safety laws — Labor Laws 240 and 241(6) — impose strict liability on property owners, employers and general contractors for scaffolding and ladder accidents.

Strict liability means that, under these laws, a worker injured due to faulty scaffolding or ladder systems may take direct legal action against his employer and the property owner. His or her compensation is not limited by the workers’ compensation system.

There are two main practical effects of New York’s scaffolding and ladder laws. First, the injured worker is not limited to the financial recovery available through the workers’ compensation system. Second, the law holds responsible everyone in the entire chain of command above the injured worker — from the worker’s immediate employer through the general contractor and even the property owner.

To put it simply: New York’s scaffolding and ladder laws mean that an injured worker has a greater chance of winning complete financial compensation for his injuries.

A Professional Personal Injury Law Firm Representing New York City Construction Workers

Even with the protection these laws provide to scaffold and ladder workers, construction site accident lawsuits are complicated. A successful personal injury lawsuit after a scaffolding fall or other similar accident usually requires substantial resources.

WeitzPascale, is a small but powerful personal injury law firm in New York City with proven success using New York’s scaffolding and ladder laws to achieve substantial verdicts and settlements for our injured clients.

We have achieved multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of construction workers injured after a fall from a faulty scaffold or ladder system.

$6.75 Million Settlement: Our attorneys won a $6.75 million settlement on behalf of an asphalt worker suffered brain and spinal cord injury after falling from a paint spray booth in a Port Jefferson warehouse. We took the case to trial, produced evidence of safety violations, and the defendants settled immediately thereafter. Learn more about our past successful verdicts and settlements.

Learn More About Our Law Firm and About Personal Injury Lawsuits

We are always available to provide a free and confidential case evaluation in construction accident cases. We also welcome general inquiries about our law firm.

To schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers, call 212-553-9300 or 212-553-9300, or send us an e-mail.

In the Information Centers on our Web site, you will find additional general information about personal injury lawsuits, construction accidents and New York’s Scaffolding Law.

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