One of the most potentially dangerous accidents that occur on construction sites is a fall from a large height – often from a ladder or scaffolding. New York Labor Statutes 240 and 241 allocate liability to property owners who have defective or improper scaffolding. These statutes are in place to ensure safe working conditions and safety equipment is available to construction workers – including safety harnesses, secure scaffolding, safe hoists/cranes and appropriate and safe use of ladders.
Injuries resulting in falls from a height can be severe – from broken bones, to head/brain injuries and even fatalities. Workers compensation claims frequently cover medical costs and lost earnings; however, in the case scaffolding accidents that involve third party negligence, workers have legal recourse to seek additional damages. This is where an experienced New York based attorney can ensure you are well represented in the face of profit driven insurance companies.