Bronx Construction Accident Attorneys

Construction Accidents & Injuries in New York

Every worker in practically every industry faces certain risks on the job. Workers performing construction or demolition services are statistically the most likely to be seriously injured or killed in workplace accidents. This is true in New York, where the construction industry employs thousands of workers—and leads to numerous job-related injuries and deaths every year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 91 workers died due to fatal workplace incidents in New York City in 2019 (the latest year for which data are available), and 24 of those people worked in the private construction industry. This represented the highest number of workplace fatalities of any industry in the State of New York during that calendar year.

If you were injured or if someone you love tragically died due to a construction-related incident or injury, turn to the team at Wolf & Fuhrman LLP. For more than 30 years, our construction accident attorneys in the Bronx have been successfully fighting for the rights of injured workers and their families. We are committed to helping you get back on your feet by securing the just compensation you are owed. We take the time to get to know each and every one of our clients and provide highly personalized, attentive, and compassionate legal representation from start to finish.

Contact us at (718) 717-1191 or simply walk into our office in the Bronx for a free consultation—no appointment needed! Hablamos español.

Construction Accidents by the Numbers

According to 2019 data from the BLS:

  • Slips, trips, and falls accounted for 24 fatal work injuries in NYC, up 17 percent from the previous year
  • Within the construction industry, 6 of the 24 work-related fatalities resulted from contact with equipment/objects, and 4 resulted from exposure to harmful environments/substances
  • Men were, by far, the most likely to be involved in a fatal workplace incident, accounting for 89 percent of all work-related deaths in NYC
  • In New York City, 32 percent of people who died in workplace accidents or due to working conditions were Hispanic or Latino
  • Nearly half (49 percent) of work-related fatalities in New York City occurred among people between the ages of 25 and 54

At Wolf & Fuhrman LLP, we represent all types of construction workers who have been injured in all types of work-related incidents, including serious falls, slips and trips, caught-between accidents, struck-by incidents, machine entanglement, electrocution, burns, and more. We also represent families who have lost loved ones in filing wrongful death claims and/or lawsuits. We are proud to assist hard-working individuals from all walks of life, including undocumented workers, self-employed contractors, subcontractors, and other New Yorkers injured due to the careless or wrongful conduct of others.

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What Are the Most Common Construction Accidents & Injuries?

Within the construction industry, some accidents and injuries are more common than others. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) refers to these as the “fatal four.”

The “fatal four” hazards in the construction industry include:

  • Falls, including falls to lower levels and slip, trip, and falls
  • Being caught in or between objects, equipment, or structures
  • Being struck by falling objects, equipment, or debris
  • Electrocution from powerlines, electric tools, etc.

These types of incidents lead to numerous catastrophic injuries and deaths among construction workers every year. However, they are not the only dangers construction workers face.

Some other common construction accidents and injuries include:

  • Explosions and fires, leading to severe burn injuries
  • Machine entanglement/equipment accidents
  • Structure collapses, such as trench cave-ins
  • Crane, forklift, and other vehicle accidents
  • Scaffolding and ladder accidents
  • Exposure to harmful environments, chemicals, or substances
  • Elevator shaft accidents
  • Repetitive stress injuries/overuse or overexertion
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries caused by heavy lifting
  • Head and brain injuries resulting from falls

These and other construction-related accidents and injuries can have devastating effects. Victims may be permanently disabled, meaning they cannot return to work and continue earning a living for themselves and for their families.

How Do Most Construction Accidents Happen?

Most construction accidents are preventable, meaning they only occur because someone else was careless or acted wrongfully. Frequently, these incidents happen when safety standards are not met.

According to OSHA, the most common causes of work-related accidents nationwide in 2020 (in construction and similar industries) were:

  • Improper fall protection
  • Lack of proper fall protection training
  • Inadequate face and eye protection
  • Inadequate respiratory protection
  • Failure to properly communicate hazards
  • Unsafe scaffolding and ladders
  • Improper control (lockout/tagout) of hazardous energy
  • Improper machine guarding
  • Unsafe or defective machinery
  • Incidents involving powered industrial trucks

Wolf & Fuhrman LLP can help determine the cause of your construction injury, as well as who is legally responsible for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and other damages. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of full and favorable compensation for our clients. We will coordinate our representation with workers’ compensation counsel, who will help ensure that medical and lost wage payments keep money coming in and allow for proper healthcare and treatment, as dictated by your circumstances.

What to Do If You Were Injured in a Construction Accident

If you have been injured in a construction accident in the Bronx or anywhere in New York City, you could have several options when it comes to recovering compensation. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which pay medical expenses, wage replacement, and, in some cases, vocational rehabilitation-related costs.

You could also be able to file a third-party work injury claim. This is essentially a personal injury claim, allowing you to seek compensation from the person or party that carelessly or wrongfully caused your injuries. If you are covered by workers’ compensation, you generally cannot sue your employer after a work-related injury. However, you could have a third-party claim against a building or property owner, the general contractor on the job, a manufacturer of a defective product, an uninsured contractor, or another party.

Many workers are protected if they suffer fall-from-height injuries in New York while working on any building other than a one- or two-family home. Many workers in construction, excavation, and demolition have added protections as well, as do workers employed in elevator shafts and stairwells. Our attorneys are familiar with all relevant labor laws and know how to utilize these laws to help you recover the just compensation you deserve and are owed for your injuries and resulting damages.

What Wolf & Fuhrman LLP Can Do For You

While you're healing from your injury, we'll take care of the details. Our Bronx construction lawyers can look into the most complicated aspects of your accident with no hassle for our clients. We can:

  • Gather all documents, files, photos, paperwork, etc.
  • Help you fill out paperwork and file for anything you need
  • Investigate your accident
  • Establish the severity of your injury
  • If necessary, build your case for trial

We encourage you to reach out to our team at Wolf & Fuhrman LLP as soon as possible. Our experienced construction accident lawyers in the Bronx can review the details of your case during a completely free and confidential consultation. We are available to answer any questions you may have and provide the information you need to move forward.

Our Recent Case Results

  • Brain Damage $9 Million
  • Botched Surgery $8 Million
  • Birth Injury $7 Million
  • Medical Malpractice $6 Million
  • Medical Malpractice $5.1 Million
  • Stroke $5 Million
  • Birth injury $4.4 Million
  • Medical Malpractice $4.3 Million
  • Fractured Wrist $3.8 Million
  • Birth Injury $3.8 Million

Hear What People Say About Us

  • “Eliot Wolf guided us with the utmost case, knowledge and expertise every step of the way!”

    - C.S.
  • “Wolf & Fuhrman handled a family personal injury case with professionalism and great care to detail. They were friendly, smart and made us feel comfortable during a difficult time.”

    - Alan Anczelowicz
  • “I am very pleased with the support and assistance from Mr. Wolf and his team. They go above and beyond to assist their clients.”

    - Mr. and Mrs. A.
  • “I want to thank Eliot and his team for a job well done. Eliot was very successful in our case, but more importantly he was always available for my family if we had questions or concern.”

    - Luis
  • “I strongly recommend Marvin for his highly ethical and professional representation of clients in cases involving personal injury, accidents and wrongful death.”

    - Former Client

We Care About Our Clients

What Sets Our Firm Apart
  • Over 65 Years of Combined Experience
  • We Prepare Every Case for Trial to Maximize Recovery for Our Clients
  • Personalized Attention From Beginning to End
  • Helping and Supporting the Bronx Community

Talk to a Lawyer at Wolf & Fuhrman LLP Today

Since 1991, our attorneys have been fighting for the rights of injured workers, individuals, and families throughout New York City. For the past 15 years, we have served clients from our street-level office located on Webster Avenue in the Bronx. We welcome walk-ins! You do not need an appointment to visit our office and speak to a member of our team about your situation. Our doors are always open, and we are always available to listen to your story and share how we can help you and your family.

We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees when you hire Wolf & Fuhrman LLP. Instead, our attorneys only collect legal fees if/when they recover a settlement or verdict for you. We have successfully represented workers who have fallen from ladders, scaffolds, and heights; fallen down shaft ways; been electrocuted to death; and who have otherwise been injured on worksites.

Call (718) 717-1191, contact us online, or just walk into our office in the Bronx today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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