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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.

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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).

 

Legionnaires Disease Infects Several People

The disturbing outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in New York City is a cause for concern.  Since Legionnaire’s Disease is generally preventable, a diagnosis of Legionnaire’s Disease may lead to a claim for wrongful death, medical malpractice or negligence.  The CNN story by David Shortell can be viewed by clicking here.

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Municipal Liability for Injuries

An interesting decision came down in September of 2014 involving municipal liability claims.  In Granada v City of White Plains, 2014 NY Slip Op 06053, the Second Department ruled that a municipality is not immune from claims involving “proprietary functions” which are therefore differentiated from governmental functions.  The Plaintiff-decedent was attacked and killed in a parking garage owned by the city.  The Plaintiff rented the parking spot from the city on a monthly basis.  The city had the obligation of providing a minimum level of security in it’s proprietary function as  a commercial property owner.  The city’s function as a commercial property owner has nothing to do with its functions as a governmental body.  Therefore, the city was not entitled to summary judgment based on governmental immunity.

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As always, if you have a question involving a possible injury or wrongful death claim, call The Law Firm of Vaughn & Weber, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a litigation attorney today.

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