Construction Injuries Due to Code Violations

Building and safety codes in New York are in place to do two main things: protect the health of people who are working in construction, and ensure the long-term safety of residents living and working in the buildings they construct. When these codes are not followed properly, injuries and even fatalities can occur. These codes are not arbitrary or put in place just to annoy constructions companies - they exist, typically, in response to unsafe conditions that have caused injuries and deaths in the past.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a violation of a building or safety code in New York, then compensation may be owed for pain and suffering. Violations of code are usually clear-cut cases of negligence, and when accidents happen as a result, those who violated the code are liable for your injuries and costs. Do not suffer alone - or in silence. Call the experienced NY personal injury lawyers of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today at (212) 986-7353. We can discuss your case, talk about your options, and help make sure your rights are protected.

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What Are Building Codes?

Quite simply, building codes are regulations and requirements created by the New York government to ensure safe conditions on construction sites and in the buildings that they produce. These codes regulate not only the materials used and work conditions on the site, but also the standards in constructing the finished building. They make sure all structures are designed and built in a safe manner so that the risk of injury or death during construction is minimized, and future occupants who live or work in the building are as safe as possible.

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Common Types of Codes

Although there are many different building and construction codes in New York, far too many to list here, a few common categories include:

  • General Building Codes: These include regulations and laws involving physical aspects of buildings such as fire and smoke protection, accessibility, and the materials used in construction.
  • Energy Codes: Energy Codes exist to support conservation when constructing, and, afterward, living or working in a building. They include both local and state laws that encourage and reward energy conservation.
  • Fuel Gas Codes: These codes govern how gas piping is installed within and around a building. They are meant to help prevent gas leaks and to offer guidelines on additional structures like chimneys or ventilation.
  • Mechanical Codes: These regulations cover mechanical systems like building refrigeration or any solar energy systems. Ventilation and duct systems can also be covered by these codes.
  • Plumbing Codes: Plumbing codes include water heaters, fixtures and faucets, and sewage or sanitary drainage. They indicate the types of pipes that can be used for each area as well as storm drainage and water supply systems.
  • Electrical Codes: These include older electrical codes as well as updates and revisions to cover a wide range of electrical systems. They regulate the types of systems that can be used in new construction, as well as how to repair and update older electrical systems.

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Don't Wait - Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP Today

If you or a loved one has been injured due to building or safety code violations, then you deserve compensation for your injuries. Determining where negligence has occurred and who is liable can be difficult, and proving it even more so. Don’t venture into the deep waters of the legal system alone. You deserve an experienced, knowledgeable New York construction accident attorney to represent you and make sure your case is handled properly.

Call the attorneys of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today at (212) 986-7353. Tell us about your case and we can help you determine the best way to proceed.

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Our Construction Accident Case Results

$18 Million - Verdict for Construction Worker Who Fell from a Defective Scaffold

The laborer fell three stories from a defective scaffold and suffered comminuted fractures of his left calcaneus, osteomyelitis in the left heel and a painful neuroma in his foot.

Philip Russotti

$11.76 Million - Labor Law Construction Accident with Single-Level Lumbar Fusion

Frank Lombardo obtained $11.76 million in Queens County for a seriously injured Union Local No. 1 journeyman plumber.

Frank Lombardo

$11.1 Million - NY Construction Worker Fell from Ladder

Phil Russotti obtained an $11.1 million verdict in Queens County Supreme Court, for a 53 year old man who was injured on a construction site at a New York City High School.

Philip Russotti

$8.2 Million - New York Construction Worker Paralyzed in Fall

Plaintiff, a 40 year-old, undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was working off the books for a roofing contractor when he fell through a hole in the first floor of a one family home he was working in.

Kenneth Halperin, Philip Russotti

$7.25 Million - Defective Scaffolding Injury in New York

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin partners Phil Russotti and Ken Halperin settled the case of a union-affiliated painter in his 40s, who was injured while working at a chemical storage facility.

Kenneth Halperin, Philip Russotti

$6.5 Million - Carpenter Injured from Fall at Jobsite

David M. Hoffman obtained a settlement of $6,500,000 for a client who was injured in a fall on a jobsite resulting in suffered serious and permanent trauma to his head.

David Hoffman

$5.75 Million - Day Laborer Injured at Construction Site

Day Laborer Injured at Construction Site

Bryce Moses, Mitchell Kahn

$5 Million - Staten Island Construction Worker Killed When Trench Walls Collapse

Clifford Shapiro and Kenneth Halperin worked together to obtain a $5,000,000.00 settlement for the family of a construction worker who was killed while working in a trench at a construction site on Staten Island.

Clifford Shapiro, Kenneth Halperin

$4.5 Million - Non-Union Laborer Injured in Construction Site Fall

Attorneys obtained a pre-trial settlement in the amount of $4.5 million for a non-union laborer who fell through an opening on the first floor into a cellar below a Manhattan high-rise building under construction.

Noah Katz, Kenneth Halperin

$4.27 Million - Paralyzed Construction Worker

Bryce Moses conveyed to the jury that the landowners were responsible for the accident and was able to obtain $4.27 million dollar recovery despite the fact there was only 4 Million Dollars in insurance coverage.

Bryce Moses

$4.1 Million - Construction Site Ladder Fall

WRSH partners Mitchell Kahn and Kenneth Halperin obtained a $4,100,000.00 settlement for a 44-year-old Carpenter who was injured while working at a construction site.

Mitchell Kahn, Kenneth Halperin

$4 Million - Plumber Injured in a Construction Accident

The plaintiff suffered a concussion as well as lumbar and cervical herniations as the result of his workplace accident.

Philip Russotti, Kenneth Halperin,Mitchell Kahn

$3.85 Million - Demolition Worker Struck By Overhead HVAC Unit

Cliff Shapiro and Noah Katz together represented a construction worker who was struck by an air conditioning unit, causing injuries requiring surgery.

Clifford Shapiro, Noah Katz

$3.75 Million - Laborer Injured During Demolition

Our client was injured on February 23, 2012, during the demolition of a sidewalk in front of a large building. As a result of the accident, he had a cervical fusion, a lumbar fusion, and a left knee arthroscopy.

William Hepner

$3.75 Million - New York Construction Accident Case

WRSH partners, Philip Russotti and Kenneth Halperin settled the construction accident case at mediation for our client who was a 50 year old bricklayer.

Philip Russotti, Kenneth Halperin, Mitchell Kahn

$3.5 Million - Laborer Fell From Ladder While Painting Fire Escape

Frank Lombardo obtained $3.5 million for a non-union laborer who was injured after falling from a ladder while painting.

Frank Lombardo

$3.5 Million - Local 147 Union Construction Worker Hurt in Scaffold Accident

Our client was a member of Local 147, who was seriously injured when he fell from a poorly construction scaffold.

William Hepner

$3.375 Million - Non-Union Laborer Sustained Injuries From Scaffold Fall

Frank J. Lombardo handled this case through the discovery phase of the lawsuit and settled it at private mediation for $3.375 million, prior to it being calendared for a jury trial.

Frank Lombardo

$3.2 Million - Union Worker Falls from Scaffold

Bill Hepner obtained a $3.2 million settlement at mediation for our client, a member of the Pointers Cleaners and Caulkers Union – Local 1, who was injured when he fell from a scaffold while doing his job.

William Hepner

$3 Million - Fall off of a Scaffold

David M. Hoffman obtained a settlement in the amount of $3,000,000 for a 57-year-old man who was injured in an accident when he was caused to fall seven feet off a scaffold at a construction site.

David Hoffman

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