Injured While Working on a Cell Tower?

In today's fast-paced world, it's hard to imagine life without cell phones. We rely on them for communication, directions, entertainment, and so much more. That's why it's important to have a reliable wireless network, and that's where cell tower workers come in. They bravely scale tall towers to make sure our calls go through, regardless of the weather conditions.

Although they perform a valuable service, cell tower workers are at risk of serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured while working on a cell tower, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP can help you navigate the legal system and greatly improve your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation.

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What Causes Cell Phone Tower Accidents?

Most cell phone tower accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the employer or contractor. This can take many forms including:

  • Providing defective or inadequate safety equipment
  • Inadequate safety training
  • Asking workers to operate in unsafe weather conditions
  • Pushing workers to “cut corners” for the sake of time
  • Pushing workers to rush a job to meet a deadline
  • Failure to check whether a safety device is adequate
  • Lack of supervision or inadequate supervision
  • Exposing workers to dangerous electrical currents
  • Use of shoddy equipment
  • Unqualified contractors, subcontractors, and employees
  • Failure to respond to a known safety hazard

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Cell Tower Workers, Failed by Their Industry

Given the sheer size of cell phone organizations, it is not surprising that cell tower workers often find themselves in dangerous situations. Sadly, this was the case for Michael Vasquez, who lost his life after falling from a cell tower on December 4, 2021. Vasquez’s death was a tragic accident, and it highlights the need for better safety standards in the cell tower industry. Going forward, employers must do more to protect their workers, and government agencies must provide stronger oversight to ensure that cell tower workers are not put at risk. Only by taking these steps can we prevent another tragedy like the one that claimed Michael Vasquez's life.

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Types of Compensation

Most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance as it is a federal program. Workers' compensation protects an employee that has been injured while on the job. This insurance was designed to be “no-fault” insurance. This means that the worker does not need to prove fault to receive benefits for their injury. Generally, it covers:

  • Medical treatment relating to the injury, including therapies and rehabilitation
  • A portion of your wages lost while you took time off work during recovery
  • Job retraining if you can't go back to your pre-accident job
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Survivor benefits for family members/dependents of a worker who died as a result of their job

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How Can an Attorney Help My Cell Phone Tower Accident Case?

Cell tower accidents are on the rise, and workers are being injured or killed in preventable accidents. The cell phone industry has been slow to respond to this problem, and workers are being left to fend for themselves. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we believe that workers should not have to sacrifice their safety for their job. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of workers and their families. If you or someone you love has been injured in a cell tower accident, we can help. We understand the physical and emotional toll that these accidents can take, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (212) 986-7353 to learn more about how we can help.

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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, Moses & Halperin, LLP attorneys 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

$5.9 Million - Construction Worker Struck by a Falling Object

Carmine Goncalves obtained a large settlement on behalf of our client, a union construction worker, who sustained injuries after being struck by a falling object.

Carmine Goncalves

$5.75 Million - Day Laborer Injured at Construction Site

50-year-old day laborer injured at his job site, an apartment building in the Bronx.

Bryce Moses

$5.3 Million - Non-Union Construction Worker Injured by Table Saw

The firm successfully represented a non-union construction worker who was seriously injured while operating a table saw which lacked a safety guard.

Noah Katz, Fatos Dervishi

$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

$5 Million - Worker Injured in Trench Fall at Construction Site

David M. Hoffman obtained a settlement of $5,000,000 for a client who sustained multiple injuries after falling into an unprotected trench at a construction site.

David Hoffman

$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

$4.5 Million - Union Bridge Painter Injured in Fall

Frank J. Lombardo and Carmine Goncalves obtained a large settlement on behalf of our client, a union bridge painter, who sustained multiple injuries in a workplace accident.

Frank Lombardo, Carmine Goncalves

$4.5 Million - Worker Injured in Slip and Fall on Construction Site

Carmine Goncalves and Bryce Moses obtained a large settlement on behalf of our client, a construction worker, who sustained multiple injuries in a workplace fall.

Carmine Goncalves, Bryce Moses

$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

WRSMH attorneys obtained a $4,100,000.00 settlement for a 44-year-old carpenter who was injured while working at a construction site.

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

$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

$3.8 Million - Plaintiff Slipped and Fell Off Elevated Window Sill

Frank Lombardo obtained $3.8 million for a construction worker who was seriously injured in a workplace slip and fall accident.

Frank Lombardo

$3.75 Million - New York Construction Accident Case

WRSMH attorneys, 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

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