New York Construction Accident Crush Injury Attorneys

Legal Help for Victims of Construction Site Crushing Accident Injuries

New York City is experiencing a construction boom, with countless projects in motion throughout the city. Contractors and developers are under pressure to get the project completed and to make profits for investors. In doing so, they may cut corners in safety procedures, leading to serious injuries for construction workers, including crushing injuries.

Crushing injuries are extremely dangerous and potentially fatal, with multiple areas of the body permanently damaged. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous to be employed. In New York City, in the most recently reported year, 51 workers died as a result of their injuries and 314 were injured - up 52 percent from the prior year. In fact, one in five occupational deaths nationwide are in the construction industry.

The "Fatal Four" in the Construction Industry

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has issued information on what is called the "fatal four" in the construction industry. These are the most common, and dangerous types of construction accidents across the nation:

  • Falls - 39.9%
  • Electrocutions - 8.2%
  • Struck by Object - 8.1%
  • Caught in or Caught Between - 1.3%

What Causes These Types of Injuries?

A crushing injury can occur under a wide range of circumstances, and in many cases, upon investigation, were the direct result of violations of safety codes and regulations. The majority of those who are seriously injured or die are undocumented immigrant laborers. The safety measures at New York City jobsites have proven to be woefully inadequate, putting all construction workers at high risk of permanent injury or death. The types of situations - completely avoidable - that have led to crushing injuries include:

  • Cave-ins
  • Pulled into or caught in machinery or equipment
  • Compressed or crushed between moving objects or equipment
  • Falls from heights
  • Faulty equipment braking systems
  • Forklift accidents
  • Unguarded moving parts
  • Pinned between stationary items and moving objects
  • Hit by swinging machinery or items

Crushing Injuries: The Consequences

A worker who manages to survive a crushing injury will often face a life ahead with permanent disabilities. The area of the body impacted may need to be amputated when there is no hope of saving a leg, arm, hand, or foot. When the head is involved, the worker, if he survives, may have permanent brain damage and be unable to function in life, much less work and earn a living. Families must live without the income the injured person provided and in despair about the condition of their loved one.

At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we take on construction companies, developers, sub-contractors and others who have put construction workers in harm’s way, and hold them accountable. Our litigation team has garnered a reputation for commitment, professionalism, and compassion. We limit the numbers of cases we represent so that each client gets the care and dedication they deserve. Our NY construction accident lawyers will pursue the maximum possible in damages, based upon the degree of the injuries, and the long term impact upon the victim.

Holding Construction Companies Accountable for Safety Violations

Companies that violate safety regulations and put workers at risk must be held accountable. Our firm will take action to demand full compensation for all damages for workers and their families. We urge you to contact us at once if your loved one suffered serious or fatal injuries in a crushing accident in the New York City metro area. We will move into action immediately, and do everything possible to help you seek full justice. Call (212) 986-7353 today to speak with our New York personal injury attorneys.

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today for a FREE, no obligation consultation today:

The Graybar Building
420 Lexington Ave. Suite 2750 New York, NY 10170
Phone: (212) 986-7353 Fax: (212) 953-4308

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