Representing Workers Injured in Dangerous Construction Accidents

Loaders and backhoes allow construction workers to quickly remove building materials, perform excavations, and fill holes. They speed up the efficiency of a construction site, but only when operated safely. If improperly handled by an untrained or inexperienced worker, a loader can cause a catastrophic and often deadly accident. Despite strict laws and regulations, New York City is filled with dangerous construction sites, many of which involve the misuse of loaders and backhoes. Workers involved in these accidents typically suffer extensive trauma that may leave them disabled or in a tremendous amount of pain.

If you or someone you love was injured in a loader accident, then you need all the legal help you can get. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, our New York construction loader accident attorneys can provide the strong and dedicated representation you deserve after an accident. We can investigate the nature of your injuries and advocate for full compensation from the party who injured you in a personal injury claim. Call our office at (212) 986-7353 to review your case in a free initial consultation.

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The Importance of Worker Safety

Anytime a job site employs heavy machinery, managers, supervisors, and contractors need to follow every safety procedure. Construction companies are responsible for hiring and training workers who know how to handle themselves around loaders and backhoes, whether or not they will be operating these machines.

Given the size, weight, and power of loaders and backhoes, these machines should be handled with great care. They are designed to collect and move hundreds of pounds of heavy material and to help in demolitions and excavations. While some are designed with seat belts, falling-object shields, and anti-rollover structures to protect the operator, they offer little protection for other workers in an accident. Common causes of loader accidents at New York job sites include:

  • Overloading the bucket with loose material
  • Driving the loader at excessive speed
  • Making unsafe turns without checking blind spots
  • Colliding with fixed objects, buildings, or scaffolding
  • Driving on uneven surfaces
  • Disobeying traffic laws on public roads
  • Unsafe dumping of construction materials

If a loader collides with a construction worker, it can cause a variety of devastating injuries. Victims may be left with severe crush injuries, multiple fractures, head injuries, lost limbs, and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. They may be left disabled and out of work for weeks to months at a time. Many, unfortunately, are unable to return to work and may be left with costly medical bills. However, if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may have several options.

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What Are Your Options After an Accident?

Almost all construction workers in New York are covered under their employer’s workers’ compensation policy, except for independent contractors. While you should always file a workers’ compensation claim after a construction accident, these funds may not be enough to cover the trauma caused by a loader accident. These machines are incredibly dangerous and can cause extensive damage in a collision or dumping accident.

However, if your injuries were caused by a third party, such as a contractor, property owner, or another vehicle driver, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Construction workers are legally barred from filing lawsuits against their employees when they are covered under workers’ compensation, but they can file claims against third parties that injured them. In addition, if the loader or backhoe was inherently defective, then you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or rental company.

Determining whether you have a valid personal injury or product liability claim can be difficult. It requires an in-depth investigation and thorough review of accident reports, surveillance footage, witness statements, and maintenance reports. It is almost impossible to perform any of these tasks while recovering from your injuries. However, if you work with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer, then you may be able to file a strong case for compensation against the party who injured you.

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Speak to a Dedicated and Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

Construction sites in New York can be extremely chaotic, with numerous moving parts and a near-constant amount of noise. Workers can easily become distracted in their tasks and make serious mistakes. However, that is no excuse for dangerous negligence. Workers, employers, and contractors should all follow every safety procedure, especially when heavy machinery like loaders or backhoes are involved.

If you or someone you love was injured in a loader accident, you should contact a New York construction accident attorney immediately. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, has more than 50 years of experience providing legal guidance to injured New York workers in workers’ compensation claims, third-party injury claims, and product liability claims. We can assess the details of your case and advocate for full compensation from the negligent party who injured you. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 and get started on your claim today.

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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 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

WRSMH 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

$3.8 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 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

$3.75 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

$3.5 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

$3.5 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

$3.375 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

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