As successful workplace injury attorneys, our firm has over two decades of experience in successfully handling personal injury claims by workers hurt during construction, renovation or repair projects. These cases have involved accidents at small jobs such as the renovation of a kitchen or bathroom as well as commercial construction sites at buildings and other structures employing hundreds of union and non-union workers. Our experience is such that other personal injury law firms have asked Mr. Miller to handle the trials of their construction accident cases.
In the State of New York accidents which occur at places were the construction, renovation, alteration, cleaning or painting of a home, building or other structure is ongoing are often subject to the New York State Labor Law. This specific section of the law seeks to protect workers at such sites and is often very favorable to the rights of such injured workers. Workers falling from ladders or scaffolding, injuries from falling materials and trip and falls over debris can be covered by the Labor Law. Importantly, remember that you don’t have to be involved in a full blown construction project to be entitled to bring a case under the Labor Law!! Examples of people who have been held to be protected by the Labor Law and entitled to bring a lawsuit include a custodian who fell from a ladder while repairing a broken air conditioning unit, a laborer who fell from a ladder while installing a wire to a satellite dish on a building and a worker who tripped over bricks strewn in front of a home that was being constructed (This last case is the Laboda matter which Mr. Miller tried to a successful jury verdict in Brooklyn and thereafter successfully argued before that appellate court that the Labor Law had been properly applied by the trial court!-check out the
results section of our web site).
Unfortunately, injured workers often believe that their only recourse is a worker’s compensation claim as they were employed at the time of the accident. However, the Labor Law often allows injured workers to sue the owner of the place where the accident occurred and/or the general contractor in charge of the work being performed. We can easily determine if you have such a case once you speak to us about the accident circumstances.
Our experience with construction accident cases over many years has involved successfully obtaining substantial money awards for our clients to compensate them for injuries ranging from damage to soft tissue such as a torn meniscus, tendon or ligament-to bone fractures requiring surgeries-to back and neck vertebrae injuries-to injuries resulting in permanent paralysis. Again, you can review some of excellent results we have gotten for our clients injured while doing construction, renovation or repair work in the
results section of our web site.
Finally, it should be noted that because of the complexity of the Labor Law these matters often find themselves subject to appeals from the trial court’s decisions to the appellate courts of the state. Our experience allows us to effectively handle the often times complex legal issues surrounding Labor Law cases without the need for retaining expensive outside appellate counsel as many other personal injury law firms do. We argue our own matters before the appellate courts of the State (without any charge to our clients) as we choose to rely on ourselves to know the facts and law surrounding our injured client’s cases better than anyone else. You can review a few of the Labor Law cases that Mr. Miller has successfully argued before the appellate courts in the
results section of our web site.
There is no fee for any of our services unless we recover money damages for you.