Construction Accident

The construction industry is a very dangerous industry for trade workers who often put their life and safety on the line when they go to work and risk construction accidents. In large cities such as New York City where new high rises are constructed on a weekly basis, developers, business ventures, owners, general contractors and sub contractors often place the bottom line ahead of worker safety. Most recently on September 1, 2016, we saw what can happen when owners and general contractors put money above safety. Two workers were severely injured when an “I” beam fell from the floor above where they were working and struck them. One workers leg was severely fractured and another worker fell through the floor onto the floor below suffering significant personal injuries.  Click here to see the story.

A construction accident is often times a catastrophic accident for the victim and their family.  The heavy machinery and dangerous conditions can be complicated by the failure of the contractor and subcontractors to follow safety protocol.  The laws in this area are complex and increases the importance of speaking to an attorney experienced in these matters.

Construction Accident Attorney

When this happens to you or a loved one, you need someone who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. Please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620, where an attorney with a proven track record of holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence can speak with you about your case.

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Construction Accident Injuries

Very often, construction accidents on construction sites result in tragic injuries and even death.  Confusion as to who is liable for the injury deters some victims from seeking justice.  Although several subcontractors may be present on a construction site and their duties overlap; unraveling the mystery of liability can be accomplished by understanding the statutes and prior case law that have evolved to protect such construction accident victims.  Worker’s compensation law must also be sorted through before deciding to litigate.  If this tangled web of laws is properly sifted through, liability can be assigned and the construction accident victims and their families will be compensated for their injuries.

In recent years, the New York courts have been flooded with construction accident injury cases.  The New York times published an article on June 2, 2015 by

Construction victims and their families are not expected to understand the complex web of laws known in New York as “Labor Laws.”  Discussing these issues with experienced attorneys can reduce the confusion and let you know what rights you have.  Being injured on a construction site can lead to huge financial compensation if handled properly.

New York Construction Accident Attorneys

If you have questions about an accident occurred on a construction site, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak to an attorney today!

Crane Collapse in NYC

On February 5, 2016, in Personal Injury, by Timothy B. Prakope, Esq.

Crane collapse

Another Crane Collapse in New York City


Today there was yet another crane collapse in New York City. This crane collapse occurred in the Tribeca area of Manhattan and killed at least one person and injured several others. Over the past 10 years there have been several deadly crane collapses in New York City.  Investigations into to these crane collapses have revealed that some of the cranes collapsed due to negligence and even criminal negligence.

I have read many reports on crane collapses. In some cases the crane inspectors were negligent and chose not to report problems and issues that they noted. In other cases, there was little meaningful oversight of crane equipment and broken crane parts were not properly repaired.

I was involved in litigation surrounding the April 3, 2012, crane collapse. This crane collapse occurred during the extension of the No. 7 subway line.  At that time, I worked as an associate for Jeffrey Manheimer, Esq.  We represented the family of a young man who was crushed to death when a 170 foot crane collapsed onto the job site. Jeff and I successfully recovered a significant sum for his family. However, no amount of money would ever replace the hole that his death left in his family’s heart.

When people fail to do their job, when crane owners and construction company owners fail to take the proper precautions to keep their equipment and workers safe, and when inspectors turn a blind eye to violations – people die. It ruins lives and families. Sadly, these types of tragedies happen on an almost daily basis in the construction industry because construction is a very dangerous occupation.

If you or a loved one is injured as a result of a construction accident or a work-place accident, you need aggressive attorneys to fight for you. The attorneys at Vaughn, Weber & Prakope work hard to bring justice to the injured and hold those responsible accountable. Please call our office for a free consultation (516-858-2620).

 

Loaned Servant Defense

On July 30, 2015, in Litigation, Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Loaned Servant Defense

Some Labor Law claims arise in situation where an employer allows their employee to work under the control or direction of another person or entity.  The employee is injured while working under the direction of the other person or entity.  Worker’s Compensation Law can function to prohibit the employee from suing either her employer or the person/entity under whose direction the employee was operating.  This scenario can be raised as a defense to defeat certain Labor Law claims.  It is known as the “Loaned Servant” or “Borrowed Employee” doctrine.

Labor Law Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, please call The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak to a Labor Law attorney today!

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