Construction Accidents

For over forty years (40) the lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully brought many cases for persons injured in various types of construction accident injuries that occurred while on construction sites. The firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros has litigated these cases at all levels of both the State and Federal courts for injuries suffered by workers while engaged in construction work.

NY Injured Construction Worker

Before hiring any law firm to represent you when you have been injured in a construction site accident it is important to look at their track record to see what they have accomplished in the past.

The firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros obtained a $44 million dollar verdict for a carpenter who was injured when he fell about 25 feet off of a wall that was being built at a construction site. This case was the largest verdict in New York and was published and appeared in the “Top New York Verdicts“. Click here for details.

If a construction worker is injured while engaged in performing his job in either the demolition, construction or the alterations of a structure or a building he may be entitled to significant monetary damages. These damages are often more than just collecting Worker’s Compensation benefits from his employer to which he is entitled. Workers’ Compensation provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job. The benefits under Workers’ Compensation include payments based on a percentage of the employee’s average weekly wage for temporary, total, or partial disability. Workers’ Compensation will also cover medical expenses for treatment and vocational rehabilitation services that are considered to be reasonable, necessary and related to the injury.

“Third Party” Lawsuits

In some instances, however, what is called a “third party” may be to blame for the injuries that occurred on the job site. When a construction site accident occurs, the owners, architects, and manufacturers of equipment can at times be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions. The general contractor and all subcontractors are also all required to provide a reasonably safe work site, to warn of any hazards at the site and work activities, to hire safe and careful employees, to coordinate job safety and to supervise compliance with safety specifications, rules and regulations.

Manufacturers of construction equipment are responsible for designing and maintaining safe products. Defective or dangerous products may include, scaffolding, cranes, power tools, derricks, hoists, conveyors, woodworking tools, ladders, winches, trucks, graters, scrapers, tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, back hoes, heavy equipment, boilers, pressure vessels, gas detectors and other types of construction equipment.

When someone is injured on a construction it is often possible to find a “third party” who may be liable in the event of an injury other than the injured worker’s employer. This is important because while Worker’s Compensation benefits do not provide compensation for the pain and suffering that a person endures as a result of an accident in a “third party” action pain and suffering damages as well as all past and future lost wages and medical needs are recoverable.

Because this type of litigation, also at times referred to as the “Labor Law”, requires particular legal knowledge and expertise that the average attorney may not possess it is important that you select a law firm with a proven track record of success in this area of law. Jaroslawicz &Jaros has not only been successful in obtaining a $44 million dollar verdict for an injured construction worker, the largest in New York, but for many years has helped to make the law in this area by writing briefs and arguing appeals at all levels of the State Appellate Courts, including to New York’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals in Albany New York as well as at all levels of the Federal courts as well.

Settlements and Verdicts:

  • $44 million verdict in a construction accident case for a client who was injured when he fell from a wall on a construction site. This was the largest verdict of its kind in New York history.
  • $4.9 million settlement for damage to a building which occurred due to the construction of an adjacent building.
  • $3.1 million settlement for a laborer who was struck by a falling object while on a construction job.
  • $1.9 million settlement for a construction worker who was struck by falling pipes and suffered a neck injury.
  • $1.9 million settlement for a construction worker injured his legs when he fell from a wall on a construction site.
  • $1.55 million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his back.
  • $1.5 million settlement for a laborer who fell and injured his back when a trench gave way.
  • $1.5 million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his bicep.
  • $1.45 million settlement for a construction worker who suffered a knee injury when struck by a falling ladder.
  • $1.4 million settlement for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his back.
  • $1.32 for a construction worker who fell off of a ladder and injured his knee.
  • $1.3 for a construction worker who fell off of a scaffold and injured his neck.
  • $1.25 million in New York County for a construction worker who burned his hands while carrying tar on a roofing project.

Jaroslawicz & Jaros has handled numerous cases involving persons who have suffered serious injuries while working on construction projects including falling off of ladders or scaffolds, falling into trenches or off of roofs, being injured by falling pipes and other objects, by stepping on debris or getting injured by machinery and many other fact patterns.

Jaroslawicz & Jaros is also involved as one of the lead counsel in cases involving cranes that collapsed on construction sites in New York City and wrote and argued the appeal before the higher court where the Appellate Court upheld Jaroslawicz & Jaros’ claim for its client’s emotional distress in the 51st street crane collapse.

In a leading case which interpreted New York’s Labor Law involving an injured construction worker’s rights to sue the firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros was successful in bringing a case for an injured worker under New York’s Labor Law in a case where David Jaroslawicz of Jaroslawicz & Jaros wrote the brief and argued before the New York Court of Appeals, the highest Court in the State of New York. In Izrailev vs Ficarra Furniture, 70 N.Y.2d 813, 523 N.Y.S.2d 432. The New York Court of Appeals permitted recovery under the New York Labor Law statute to an electrician who was injured while attempting to repair a sign. This case established the law for the first time that working on a sign, was to be considered a structure, and gave the injured worker the protection and benefit of the Labor Law statute thus permitting the worker to recover from his injuries.

Because this type of litigation often requires that multiple experts be retained to properly support the case, including experts to prove liability, who would be persons with expertise in construction such as engineers and construction managers, as well as doctors, rehabilitation experts, and economists, who can explain the severity and extent of the injury and the loss of earnings and future earning capacity to the court and a jury, it is important to retain a law firm that has the experience in the field as well as the financial ability to retain the proper experts to both consult with and to testify on your behalf should your case proceed to trial.

If you or a loved one has had a construction related accident and is in need of legal assistance, call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 212-227-2780, or toll-free in New York 1-800-269-2780, or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.