I truly felt like they had my best interest at heart and wanted nothing more than a full recovery for me.”

– Breanna R.

When close family member suffered a debilitating accident we realized we would need a lawyer. Thank god we were referred to Jeff Koenig.

– Eileen M.

He made the process smooth, concise, and he also maintained constant communication with me; never missing in action or hard to contact.

– Marcia S.

Anthony Ferrante is incredible attorney. My injury was life altering and I was in a really bad place. He immediately made me feel like there was light at the end of the tunnel...

– Benjamin C.

I felt very comfortable and confident in selecting both Anthony and Jeff to represent me. They were honest, truthful, and always available.

– Keston B.

Anthony let me know what to expect and I was never surprised by the next step. Although I hope to never need to call a lawyer again, if I had to, I would go with Anthony.

– Dan

He was not only patient, professional, and easy to talk to, but he explained everything going on so i could understand it. I felt I was in great hands...

– Susan B.

If it weren't for them I would have never got the medical care and treatment I needed to be able to function. They took my case and we won.

– Juan R.

Anthony stayed in contact from beginning to end. My ending results were great. We won the case and I'm extremely happy of the outcome.

– Venessa

I’m very impressed in the manner I was treated. Very professional! I’m happy with the services provided. The Best injury lawyers in the market here.

– Oscar B.

Called for a consultation and he not only rendered helpful Info and insight, but also extended his help to me with regard to any future assistance I might need! Very patient and kind...

– Shana

I had a slip and fall in a building, causing me multiple injuries. They are remarkable. Answered all my questions and concerns. Very professional and helpful.

– Zoila C.

His patience and attention to detail is second to none. Unlike many lawyers, he was very communicative and informative throughout the entire process.

– Brian C.

He is such a professional attorney who truly cares about his clients. He is patient and knowledgeable and explains how the process works from start to finish.

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Get Fair Compensation With Ferrante & Koenig

If you or a family member have been the victim of a construction accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Whether through workers’ comp benefits, a third-party damages claim, or other alternatives, you deserve a fair settlement.

Ferrante & Koenig are construction accident lawyers with offices in Brooklyn and The Bronx. We have over two decades of experience representing clients for all their injury needs, including construction site accidents. We will work tirelessly with you to resolve your case.

Construction Accident Lawyers in NYC

New York construction laws hold owners and contractors strictly responsible for all sorts of construction site accidents like falls, scaffold collapses, ladders shifting or toppling, or falling objects that can cause a worker injury. There are also thousands of individual rules in the Industrial Code that owners and contractors are required to follow. When they don’t follow the rules, workers get hurt. That’s where personal injury lawyers come into the picture.

The Most Common Types of Construction Accidents in NYC

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries of employment. These projects require skilled professionals, including laborers, electricians, masons, plumbers, roofers, ironworkers, and more. All of these workers experience daily risks while on a construction job.

With new construction projects all over New York City—including skyscrapers, high-rise apartments, commercial properties, roadways, bridges, and airports—countless situations can lead to a deadly construction site accident. 

Certain types of accidents happen more often than others. These are some of the common accidents we see as NYC construction accident lawyers:

Depending on the type of construction job, there are many other types of accidents as well. Even if you don’t see anything similar to your specific accident listed above, we can still help you. Always contact a New York construction accident attorney first to verify whether you can file a claim; more often than not, the law will lean toward protecting and compensating workers. 


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What are the Most Common Injuries from Brooklyn NY Construction Site Accidents?

Injuries in construction-related accidents tend to be very serious or catastrophic in many cases. Workers may be severely injured and unable to work for the rest of their lives or succumb to their injuries after the accident.

Because there are so many workers on a construction site at any given time, the types of injuries vary widely. Here is a sampling of injury claims we commonly see in construction accident cases:

  • Broken bones,
  • Burns,
  • Amputated limb,
  • Paralysis,
  • Traumatic brain injury,
  • Back injuries,
  • Neck injuries,
  • Eye injuries,
  • Cuts or lacerations, and
  • Crushed limbs.

When a construction worker suffers catastrophic injuries after a construction accident, only a New York construction accident lawyer can protect their rights.

Suppose you are a family member whose loved one passed away due to injuries sustained in a construction site accident. In that case, you may have the legal right to bring a wrongful death claim against the responsible third parties or seek death benefits through workers’ compensation. We can work with you to alleviate the stress and grief of these events in your life, resolving the case as quickly and as fairly as possible.

Who Can Be Held Accountable for Construction Site Accident Damages?

Determining who can be held responsible in a construction site accident can be complicated. That is why you want to retain an experienced construction accident lawyer in New York who understands all the applicable labor laws and regulations.

In many cases, workers’ compensation benefits won’t provide full compensation for your injuries, time off work, etc. However, you cannot sue your employer for damages beyond workers’ compensation benefits because New York law prohibits it. You are limited to the coverage afforded under your workers’ compensation insurance.

Still, you may reserve your right to file a personal injury lawsuit against someone other than your employer. If your injuries were due to dangerous equipment or negligence by someone other than an employer or coworker, you could have a separate claim. A New York construction accident attorney can help you navigate the ins and outs of all of these details.

What New York Labor Laws are Applicable to Construction Accident Cases?

All construction companies and property owners must abide by the New York Labor Law and must provide construction workers with a safe work site at all times. Violations under applicable code sections can provide an alternative for you to sue for damages.  Three special statutes, Sections 200, 240, and 241 hold contractors, owners, and other agents liable for workers who are injured on a construction site.

What you can collect will vary since different parties carry different insurance types and coverage amounts. Possible responsible parties could include construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, etc. Determining who the responsible parties are in a construction site accident can be very challenging. You need a NYC construction accident lawyer who can help you determine whether you have a claim outside of workers’ compensation benefits.

Section 200

Section 200 mandates that general contractors and owners must provide adequate and reasonable protection to the life, safety, and health of anyone employed there or who lawfully frequents the site. If there is a potential danger, they must address it, and all workers must have the proper safety equipment. If you are a construction worker who is seriously injured due to a dangerous Section 200 violation, you may have a right to pursue damages.

Section 240 “Scaffolding Law”

There is also a “Scaffolding Law,” which is explained in Section 240. This regulation sets forth guidelines on how to properly erect, secure, and fasten scaffolding. Failure to follow the rules means someone could get hurt. If you can show a violation of Section 240, there is no need to prove the owner or contractor was negligent; the violation alone makes them strictly liable for your injuries.

If the construction company didn’t check that workers were using the proper equipment or no protective gear was supplied, they will be held liable. Showing proof of a clean safety record in the past won’t suffice. We can help you determine whether you have a cause of action under this Labor Code section.

Section 241

Section 241 of the Labor Law provides relief for workers who may have a right to sue the general contractor and owner in various scenarios, including unsafe equipment, unsafe work practices, trip and falls, etc. There are specific provisions for safety precautions related to demolition, excavation, and construction on a worksite. It discusses what actions owners and contractors should take and the safety equipment they should provide to workers.

Under section 241(6), contractors or property owners could be held accountable for any accident that occurs under their control or supervision without the need for an injured worker to establish negligence.

As a construction worker, you may have additional protections afforded to you under New York’s Labor Codes. This could provide an avenue to bring a lawsuit against an owner, general contractor, or other responsible party for violating one of these code sections.

Who you sue will vary depending on the circumstances. Before pursuing a claim, speak with a construction accident lawyer in New York. We can tell you whether you have the grounds to bring a lawsuit and who the responsible parties will be. 

What Sort of Evidence Will My Construction Accident Attorney Collect/Investigate?

When you retain us to represent you following a construction site accident, we will immediately start an independent investigation. During our research, we will look for documentation and evidence, including:

  • Police reports,
  • Your injury records;
  • Medical records and physician notes;
  • Scene photos;
  • OSHA investigation report;
  • Prior citations or violations;
  • Witness statements;
  • Information on all workers at the scene;
  • Workers’ compensation file;
  • Insurance policies and safety manuals;
  • Safety inspection records;
  • Building inspection reports, permits, and applications;
  • Daily logs; and
  • Other related documents.

Our investigation is not limited to the evidence listed above. For example, if there is an alleged equipment defect or malfunction, we will need to obtain additional records from the product manufacturer and research any prior lawsuits or defect claims. When you come in to meet with us, we will go over what our proposed plan is and what type of information we will be looking for to strengthen your case.

How Long Do I Have to File a Construction Accident Injury Claim?

As with other types of personal injury claims, you have a strict deadline on when you can file an injury claim. If you are filing for workers’ compensation benefits, you have only 30 days to notify your employer. You must then file your workers’ compensation claim within two years of the accident. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, you have up to three years from the accident date to file in New York.

Failure to meet the legal deadlines means your claim could be barred, so you must consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Brooklyn Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

As a construction worker, you have certain rights afforded to you under New York law. Don’t risk your injury claim by relying solely on your workers’ compensation claim. Let a New York construction accident lawyer help protect your rights.

Contact Ferrante & Koenig today to schedule an initial consultation. Trust in our knowledge and personal injury experience to help you seek the justice you deserve.