Construction site accidents can injure or kill, and significantly impact victims’ lives. The list of construction site accident victims in the United States increases year-by-year. One of those on this list is Leslie Smith, a Brooklyn construction worker, who has suffered through this horrible experience.

Construction Accident in Detail:

Leslie Smith, the 61-year-old plaintiff, was mixing cement on a construction site in January 2010. He was mixing cement for a three-story building. This building is located at 17 Lefferts Place.

According to reports, his two co-workers were positioned on a scaffold. He was waiting for them to signal him to send up more buckets of cement using a rope and pulley system installed there. Suddenly, a plank came crashing down from almost 30 foot above and crushed his right hand beneath an iron bar.

What about the Jury trial?

The Jury trial lasted for over four days in front of Judge Lorna McAlister in Kings County where Leslie Smith was awarded $3.4 million for his suffering. He received $1.4 million for his past suffering. And, for his pain and future suffering, he was awarded $2 million.

Who Testified in Favor of Leslie Smith?

Dr. Barry Katzman’s testimony was compelling. He testified that the plaintiff’s ring finger became gangrenous. Therefore, Smith had to have it amputated. Furthermore, Smith suffered personal injuries in the form of a tendon tear in his shoulder and knee complications.

Who was building’s owner?

TNTR Management, LLC owned the building. MRM Development Company, LLC was the general contractor. Mr. Roy D. was the subcontractor. The court held all three defendants jointly and severely responsible for this mishap under labor law section 240.

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On February 25, 2019, in Construction Accident/Labor Law, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

A construction site is a dangerous place. Even small inattentiveness can result in catastrophic accidents on a construction site.

Failure to take certain safety precautions, or lack of proper safety gear, can lead to construction site accidents. These construction accidents are dangerous and can severely impact the lives of individuals and their families.

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People reach out to personal injury lawyers in NY, or construction accident attorneys, in the event they meet with such a tragedy. Remember, not all accidents are avoidable; however, some injuries are preventable. Here are a few tips that can help you prevent these kinds of injuries.

Dangerous excavation work at NY construction sites

Excavation is the deadliest form of construction work performed today, as per OSHA. Statistics show – There is a 112 percent higher fatality rate for the excavation work as compared to general construction work. Also, OSHA released statistics that indicate that 23 workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016.

Three protective measures for construction trench accidents:

  • Shoring – Using aluminium hydraulics to prevent a trench from caving in.
  • Sloping – It is the process of cutting the trench wall back at an angle that inclines away from the trench.
  • Shielding – Use of trench boxes to prevent a cave-in of the trench.

If an accident does occur, a personal injury lawyer in NY can help you proceed in the right direction and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Other safety tips to include:

  • Make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear
  • Participate in all safety training programs offered by your employer
  • It is very important that you get proper training whenever you begin a new job or use new machinery
  • Don’t work in bad weather conditions. In case of storm, wind or icy weather, one should avoid working. The dangers can be as severe as electrocution
  • Learn to lift items properly as it will avoid back problems. Also, a back brace is suggested

If you or your loved one has been injured in a construction accident, or any other type of accident, it is important that you get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Queens, who will give the right advice and help you proceed in the right direction. Call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 today!

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Accidents are unavoidable and may result in minor injuries to severe ones causing death. These mishaps impact not only injured person, but the whole family suffers from it. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace due to the company’s failure to adhere to labor laws, then you must consult an attorney to get complete compensation.

Labor law attorney in Nassau County protects workers from hazardous workplace conditions, including:

•  Construction site accidents
•  Unsafe work conditions
•  Scaffolding accidents
•  Ladder, crane and lift injuries
•  Unsafe construction work equipment
•  Explosions
•  Burn injuries
•  Defective and dangerous work products
•  Heavy machinery accidents
•  Other workplace accidents

Those who reside in any of the 5 boroughs of NYC (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, and Manhattan) and all towns in Long Island including Nassau County and Suffolk County are fortunate as they can get the best labor law attorneys to get fair compensation for all the damage at the workplace accident.

There are all-encompassing range of claims that are related to violations of labor law. A reliable labor law attorney in Suffolk County can aid you getting right claim for the loss. So, get in touch with professionals today for the fair compensation!

Companies are responsible for providing safe environment to employees to avoid any accident. If they violate rules and regulations, they can be held accountable. Usually, the construction industry remains one of the most perilous, statistically, and the injuries persistent are often critical, life threatening, or result in permanent disability or death. In all such cases, the role of labor law lawyer in Suffolk County is important with regard to justice for the worker.

A labor law is designed to help injured workers getting compensation for injuries suffered while performing work duties. The safety of employees is significant, and if a company is slipshod in taking proper care to protect their staff, it makes sense that they could be forced to pay compensatory damages to the injured or to the families who have lost a loved one.

A professional labor law lawyer in Nassau County can help you providing medical and other claims. The attorneys have profound knowledge about different types of claims related to New York labor law. They can aid you getting wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits.

If you or a loved one has been victimized due to the company’s negligence, leading to injuries at workplace, strict action can be taken against the firm and any other responsible party. Pursuing damages can be difficult, and it requires great skill in negotiating with the employer to get fair claim.

It is best to take assistance of a highly skilled labor law lawyer in Queens who can take the case in hand and advise you how to best proceed, with the goal of achieving fair and full compensation for all damages.

Each legal case demands a complete assessment by scrutinizing the situation and the influence the damage has had on the life and health of the employee, and pursuing compensatory indemnities that are reasonable, grounded upon those facts. Labor law attorney in Bronx prepares a well-documented case to present to a jury in civil court, or the insurance company so that the company pays the client fair damages.

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Labor Law §240(1)

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

Injured on Construction Site

Labor Law §240(1), sets forth,

“All contractors and owners and their agents…shall furnish or erect, or cause to be furnished or erected for the performance of such labor scafolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other devices which shall be so constructed, placed and operated as to give proper protection to a person so employed.” (Emphasis added).

If you are injured due to a safety device not specifically listed in the statute, you may still be covered by the term “…and other devices.”  The New York Court of Appeals has taken the stance that this statute is to be construed liberally so as to fulfill the legislatures intention in enacting the statute.  .Zimmer v. Chemung County Performing Arts, Inc., 65 N.Y.2d 513, 493 N.Y.S.2d 102 (1985).

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

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