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Elmira Construction Accident Attorneys

New York construction accidents happen every day. Even with improvements in safety regulations, construction still accounts for more work-related fatalities than any other industry. During 2010, 751 people lost their lives as the result of construction accidents.

The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP have represented many victims and their families who have been hurt in construction accidents. We know that serious injuries can have a significant financial and emotional impact that extends beyond the accident scene, and we work hard to recover the maximum compensation allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a construction accident, call our Elmira, New York personal injury lawyers or contact us via our online contact form.

New York Construction Laws

Federal and New York laws require construction companies to operate safe work sites, and the regulations governing this industry are comprehensive. Nevertheless, the very nature of the construction business makes it inherently hazardous. The building materials and equipment used are dangerous, even when used in accordance with all safety rules – and, unfortunately, many companies cut corners in the interest of profit.

Construction accidents can happen in a variety of circumstances, but the most common injury scenarios include:

  • Scaffolding accident
  • Electrocutions
  • Falls
  • Crane accidents
  • Dangerous and defective machines
  • Mechanical and chemical handling of compressed gas
  • Logging accidents
  • Welding, cutting and brazing injuries

If you are injured on the job in a construction accident, your ability to seek financial compensation may seem limited due to New York’s Workers’ Compensation Law, which prohibits most workers from suing their own employers for work-related injuries. However, many construction accidents are caused by more than one factor, and often a third party who is not your employer may share the blame. For instance, if your injury happened as the result of faulty equipment, the manufacturer may be liable for your injuries.

Proving Your New York Construction Accident Claim

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a New York construction accident, the most crucial factor for the success of any legal claim is the establishment of negligence. A personal injury attorney must be able to show that someone, whether it was the construction company or another party, was negligent and that their negligence led directly to your accident and injuries.

All companies are responsible for meeting certain safety guidelines; and when they fail to do so, they are guilty of negligence. If the construction company failed to conduct a safety inspection, for example, that can be considered negligence. If the equipment manufacturer failed to provide a safely functioning product, that is another instance of negligence. If the commercial building owner failed to provide proper scaffolding, that too is another instance of negligence.

Contact Our Elmira, New York Construction Accident Attorneys

Companies are aware of the potential for lawsuits, however, and they employ their own legal counsel to protect their own interests. As the victim, you deserve a law firm who will defend your interests and protect your rights. At The New York Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, our accident attorneys have helped countless New Yorkers injured in construction accidents. Experience counts – our successful track record can help ensure that your case is treated with respect and that you receive the maximum damages allowable by law.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a construction accident, call our Elmira, New York injury lawyers or contact us via our online contact form for a FREE case review. We also serve clients in Syracuse, Watertown, Rochester and Binghamton.

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