Category Archives: workplace injury compensation

Construction Site Accident in Manhattan

Working in construction is an inherently dangerous job and a large part of that risk is being forced to work on construction scaffolding that’s faulty or badly maintained. Many construction site accidents in Manhattan have been caused by faulty scaffolding that collapsed because of improper maintenance or supervision.

Scaffolding is part of nearly every construction project that happens in New York City, and it’s vitally important that all parts of the scaffolding are in good working order for the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and New York Labor Law requires general contractors and building owners to implement adequate safeguards and take steps to ensure safe conditions for everyone working on sight. If they fail to do so, they can be found liable for any resulting accidents and the injuries they cause.

If you’ve suffered a serious injury because of scaffolding frames that were in poor condition, or if the wood used for the floors wasn’t sufficient to support the required load, you may be eligible for more than just workers’ compensation benefits, The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. can help determine if you are able to win compensation for pain, suffering and economic losses as a result of your construction site accident in Manhattan.

Manhattan construction projects are growing at such a rapid pace that, unfortunately, many contractors “cut corners” when it comes to worker safety.  At The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried we are committed to making sure that these contractors are held to account when their quest for greater profits results in hard working men and women suffering injury or worse.

If you have suffered a construction site accident in Manhattan involving old, weak, poorly assembled or makeshift scaffolding, you should seek the advice of an experienced New York scaffolding injury attorney. Visit our Victories page for more information about how we’ve helped construction workers win millions of dollars in compensation, including a 22-year-old worker who fell off a rooftop because of inadequate placement of scaffolding.

The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C.
18 East 41st Street, Suite 806
New York, NY 10017
(212) 786-5766

Workplace Injury in Manhattan

Have You Suffered a Workplace Injury in Manhattan?

A workplace injury is one that takes place while you’re doing something as part of your job or on behalf of your employer. A work-related injury usually happens at your workplace or on company-owned property, but it can happen almost anywhere as long you were doing something connected to your job. This could include company parties and other social events sponsored by an employer, or in a company-owned vehicle. If an injury happens during your lunch break it may still be considered work-related if it happens on employer-owned grounds, or if it happens in the course of employment (such as meeting with a client for lunch).

An injury can develop suddenly, like falling off a ladder or having a heavy object fall on you. But sometimes the injury takes place over a long period of time, like a repetitive motion trauma. Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop because of too many consecutive hours at the computer. A heavy equipment operator who works a press hundreds of times a day can sustain elbow injury or shoulder separation. Repeated exposure to toxic substances at the workplace can cause skin, eye and respiratory injuries, or even lung cancer resulting from second-hand smoke at a restaurant that permits smoking.

If you’ve suffered a workplace injury in Manhattan, you’ve probably been told that the only compensation you can receive will come from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Although this is the general rule, there are many situations where you might be able to sue for damages. For example:

  • If you were injured because someone at work was recklessly careless, or intentionally tried to hurt you, you might be able to bring a lawsuit against your employer.
  • If your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you might be able to sue your employer in civil court or collect money from a state fund.
  • If you were injured by a toxic substance or a defective product, you might be able to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the substance or product.
  • If a third party caused your injury, you might be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that person.

If you have questions about whether you might be entitled to compensation for your workplace injury in Manhattan, contact the law office of attorney Steven I. Fried at (212) 786-5766 for a free evaluation of your case. If we don’t win your case, there are no attorney’s fees!

The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C.
18 East 41st Street, Suite 806
New York, NY 10017
(212) 786-5766