Trip and falls are among the most common accidents occurring on construction sites. These accidents can result in serious injuries. Since workers may be carrying tools or supplies, they may be unable to protect themselves from striking hard objects in their path.
At The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny in Manhattan, we represent construction workers throughout the New York City area who are injured in all types of construction accidents, including slip and falls and trip and falls. As a former construction worker and member of a laborers’ union, attorney Richard M. Kenny understands the hazardous conditions constructions workers face on the job every day. Call (646) 808-3785 for a free initial consultation.
Who Is Responsible For A Trip-And-Fall Accident?
You are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for your trip-and-fall accident. If someone else was negligent, you can seek additional compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
When a construction worker is injured in a trip and fall, some employers may blame the worker, saying he or she should have watched where they were going. In New York, however, Labor Law 241 holds employers and property owners responsible for the safety conditions on their sites. If you tripped and fell due to unsafe conditions, you may be entitled to money damages beyond workers’ compensation.
Here are some examples of unsafe conditions that could lead to a personal injury claim:
- Misplaced objects or debris in traffic areas
- Items or debris dropped onto the walkway from above
- Uneven sidewalks or walkways
- Holes or cracks in the walkway
- Spills resulting in slippery walking surfaces
In many cases, workers are carrying tools or supplies that make it impossible to look at the ground under their feet while they are walking. An area that was clear the last time a worker saw it can become an obstacle course due to construction debris.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner or employer, our lawyers can help you recover full compensation for damages, including pain and suffering, that aren’t covered by workers’ comp. We have recovered more than $100 million for injured construction workers and their families.
For More Information About Construction Trip And Falls
If you suffered a serious injury in a fall on a construction site in New York, let our attorneys help. In addition to U.S. workers, we represent foreign nationals and undocumented workers who are injured in trip and falls. Call (646) 808-3785 or request a free case evaluation online.