Due to the nature of the job, construction and scaffolding workers are constantly exposed to dangerous working conditions on a daily basis. However, the dangers and hazards associated with working on ladders and scaffolds are much greater than those associated with any other type of construction work. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that over 50 percent of construction-related injuries involve scaffolds or ladders.
According to OSHA, scaffold and ladder accident injuries account for approximately 41 percent of all fall injuries that occur on construction sites.
Victims of these accidents may face hospitalization, surgery, months of rehabilitation, and significant financial loss. Because of this, accident victims face an overwhelming level of stress as they are usually left out of work and inundated with hefty medical bills.
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If you have been injured, our personal injury law firm serving Mastic, NY, and surrounding areas can help. At David J. Raimondo & Associates, our lawyer is highly familiar with this area of the law and has successfully helped hundreds of clients over more than 20 years obtain financial compensation for their injuries.
When Mr. Raimondo commits to a case, he personally questions witnesses, examines medical records, reviews police reports, and checks that all laws and safety standards established by OSHA were followed. Furthermore, Mr. Raimondo is dedicated to providing all of his clients with viable resources, aggressive representation, individualized attention, and compassionate care. If you are in need of an experienced workplace injury attorney in Long Island, contact our firm today.
Scaffolding and ladder accidents can lead to a variety of painful and possibly debilitating life-altering injuries, such as:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head trauma
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Crushed limbs
Furthermore, there are a number of factors that may lead to or cause a scaffolding or ladder accident, such as:
- Reckless behavior
- Support failure
- Defective equipment
- Improperly installed equipment
- Failure to use proper safety equipment
- Failure to follow safety guidelines and regulations
- Lack of sufficient safety supervision
- Objects falling on workers
- Collapsed scaffolds
- Greasy ladder steps
- Slippery scaffold surfaces
- Plank slipping
- Poorly maintained equipment
New York Labor Law 240
New York Labor Law 240 was established to protect construction laborers who work at elevated heights, mainly on ladders or scaffolds. Under these laws, construction supervisors, contractors, subcontractors, and property owners are held strictly liable for any injuries or death sustained by a construction worker who falls from a scaffold or ladder. Unlike other types of personal injury claims, under Labor Law 240, accident victims aren't required to prove who is at fault. If a laborer falls from a ladder or scaffold, he/she is automatically entitled to damages for his/her pain, suffering, medical expenses, psychological distress, and financial hardship. A general contractor has a duty to have control over workplace safety to guard against elevated risks and hazards.
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David J. Raimondo & Associates offers a free initial consultation, which can take place in our Lake Grove office on Long Island or in your home or hospital room. Our attorney will come to you, with no obligation, to advise you on the possible courses of action to recover damages.
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