Hempstead Construction Accident Lawyer
Long Island’s construction industry is one of the busiest and most competitive ones in the country. Most construction, renovation, and/or demolition sites feature busy workers and heavy machinery. This combination often causes serious injuries. Moreover, since this industry is so competitive, many companies try to cut corners whenever possible. Frequently, worker safety is a tempting financial target.
At the Giuffré Law Offices, our Hempstead construction accident lawyers are also busy. We work hard to obtain fair compensation for our seriously injured clients. This compensation helps them recover from their injuries and get back to work quickly. Furthermore, while construction companies look out for their own profits first, we put you first. We only care about helping you recover, physically and financially.
Types of Construction Accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one of the Fatal Four causes most of the deadly construction accidents in New York. These four injuries are:
- Falls: Slip-and-falls and falls from high places are by far the most common fatal construction accidents in Nassau County. Slip-and-fall accidents are often deadly if the victims have pre-existing conditions or they hit their heads on solid objects. As for a fall from a height, falls from as little as four stories high are usually deadly.
- Struck by Falling Object: The old story that a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building being deadly to a pedestrian on the street is partially true. As small objects fall, they pick up speed. Hard hats often don’t fully protect victims from such injuries.
- Electrocution: It’s usually hard to tell the difference between a live wire and a dead one at a busy construction site, especially if the victim isn’t an electrician. Sometimes, the extreme heat of electrocution causes serious burns. Other times, the force of an arc blast throws victims into the air, causing a serious fall.
- Caught Between: Many of the workers who operate dump trucks and other such heavy machines have little experience behind the wheel. They often cannot see pedestrians who cross behind them. When a victim is caught between heavy equipment and a wall or other fixed object, the victim rarely survives even a low-speed collision.
The Fatal Four hazards also trigger most of the safety citations in New York. Such citations make it easier for our Hempstead construction accident lawyers to obtain fair compensation in some cases.
Claims We Handle
The specific location and type of construction often determines the amount of compensation available.
An obscure provision in the New York Labor Law holds construction companies strictly liable for scaffold accidents. Falls and struck by are the most common unsafe scaffolding accidents. It’s rather easy to lose one’s footing and slip off a narrow scaffold, even if proper safety equipment is available. As for struck by, entire scaffoldings have been known to collapse on hapless workers.
Our Hempstead construction accident lawyers also represent victims in reckless injury cases. If employers knowingly send workers into hazardous areas, perhaps because a regulator previously issued a safety citation, the victim could be entitled to additional compensation outside the normal workers’ compensation system.
Connect with a Diligent Hempstead Construction Accident Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Hempstead, contact the Giuffré Law Offices, P.C. You have a limited amount of time to act.