New York Labor Laws
New York Labor Law and Construction Accident Lawyers in Brooklyn
Injured on the job at a New York construction site? As experienced construction accident lawyers serving the communities of Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island and Queens, we are well-versed in New York Labor Laws and how they relate to construction worker injuries and accidents at the workplace. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the owner of the property, the general contractor, and other contractors and companies under Sections 200, 240, and 241(6) of the Labor Law of the State of New York. This is very significant for workers who have been injured in construction site accidents since in many cases, workers’ compensation benefits do not completely compensate for injuries and other damages incurred, such as loss of earnings and benefits. While you cannot sue your employer for a work accident because the law limits you to only the workers’ compensation claim specifically for your employer if they have workers’ compensation insurance, New York Labor Law outlines special rules that may hold property owners and general contractors liable for your injuries.
Construction workers have specific rights and protections under New York Labor Law. It is very important to consult with an experienced New York construction accident attorney right away to find out whether you can take additional legal action and to protect your right to full compensation for your injuries. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 718-509-6816. Our consultations are always free and we take every accident and injury case on contingency, which means you pay no attorney fees unless we recover money for you.
New York Labor Laws for Construction Accidents
The specific sections of the Labor Law of New York which apply to construction workers and construction accident lawsuits are:
Labor Law 240(1) requires that contractors and their agents provide proper protection to workers who are engaged in the demolition, erection, altering, repairing, cleaning or painting of buildings or other structures who are using ladders, stays, hoists, scaffolds, ropes, irons, braces, slings, blocks, hangars, pulleys and other devices. These types of “gravity-related” accidents usually involve workers falling from heights or objects falling on workers. Known as “Scaffold Law,” it offers financial protection to construction workers who have suffered elevation-related injuries. Labor Law 240(1) places “absolute liability” on property owners and general contractors, which means that they are held liable – meaning that liability is placed places “vicarious liability” on property owners and general contractors, which means that they are held liable regardless of fault when a worker is injured due to a fall or is struck by a falling object.
Labor Law 241(6) allows workers to sue property owners and general contractors if they were injured while performing construction, excavation or demolition. Under this labor law, property owners and general contractors must adhere to all safety rules outlined in section 23 of the New York State Industrial Code. To protect worker safety in construction, demolition and excavation, the labor law places “vicarious liability” on property owners and general contractors, which means that even if they did not know a violation happened, they may still be liable for injuries that occur due to a violation of any safety rule found in section 23 of the industrial code.
Labor Law 200 allows workers to sue companies for their failure to provide reasonable and adequate protections to workers on a job site.
Construction Accident Lawyers Serving Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job at a New York construction site, you need an experienced New York labor and construction accident lawyer who will fight for you to receive full compensation for your injuries. Please give us a call at 718-509-6816 or contact us online. The Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates has had years of success handling construction accident cases, and we accept all accident and personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that you pay no attorney fees unless we recover money for you.