Hit By Falling Object On The Worksite

Being injured by a falling object can come as a shock. So can the incomplete coverage of workers’ compensation. The attorneys at Lipsig Law Firm always fight to recover maximum compensation. You have substantial support at your fingertips. Are you ready to get what you deserve?

  • Local offices in the Bronx
  • Over 80 years combined experience getting workers the help they need
  • Decades of trial experience under New York’s unique Scaffolding Law
  • $500 million in jury verdicts and settlements
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One of the many reasons that working in construction in the Bronx can be so perilous is the risk of objects falling from high overhead. When something falls from a height it accelerates, and can cause significant damage. With building materials, machinery, and tools being passed overhead on a daily basis, the risk of injury increases further.

Getting The Right Help After Being Injured By Falling Objects

If you have suffered a severe injury from falling objects, you may be going through a very difficult time. Are you overwhelmed by medical bills? Struggling to make ends meet because of time off of work and lost wages? It can be hard to know where to turn to get the help you deserve. You are not alone.

Legal Support Through New York’s Scaffold Law

New York’s Scaffolding Law is designed to provide comprehensive protection to workers who have suffered injuries caused by different levels of elevation, scaffolding, and heights. This protection also covers injuries from falling objects and debris.

The law, first enacted in 1885, was specifically focused to create safer work sites for construction workers. It ensures that property owners and contractors shoulder all liability for the workers they hire, no matter the circumstances surrounding their injuries.

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This is an essential law to lean on if you have been injured by falling objects. There are no other laws of its kind in any other state across the nation, and it’s become one of the most effective sources of litigation to protect construction workers.

Employer Pushing Workers’ Comp? Think First.

  • Time is of the essence. Workers’ compensation can offer you financial support for your medical bills, however, this support often has to be obtained by filling out time consuming paperwork and waiting for approval for each procedure and/or each physician visit.
  • You have suffered more than just physical injuries. Workers’ compensation coverage is offered to many injured workers, but it is also incomplete. It does not provide room to cover fees associated with emotional recovery or pain and suffering.
  • Partial pay just doesn’t cut it. The financial support that workers’ compensation provides is usually only about 1/2 to 3/4 the amount of an employee’s regular paycheck

Do you deserve less just because you were hurt? Absolutely not.

Can I Get Fired For Filing A Lawsuit Against My Employer?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) contains detailed provisions which are designed to prevent employers from taking any form of retaliation against a worker. This includes firing an employee because of a filed lawsuit.

If you file a lawsuit and receive retaliation from your employer in some fashion, you could be entitled to filing an additional lawsuit concerning retaliation discrimination.

Forms of retaliation include:

  • Demotion or termination
  • Unnecessary discipline
  • Forced isolation
  • Workers’ compensation interference
  • Use of threats, whether verbal or physical

Additional information concerning retaliation can be obtained through the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (or EEOC).

Common Construction Oversights That Cause Falling Objects

Despite the Scaffolding Law’s extraordinary protections, employers across the city continue to let their workers down. Here are the 5 top causes of falling object accidents:

  1. Failure to secure the material, tools, and machinery you are working with
  2. Failure to run new structures, machinery, and tools through a thorough inspection
  3. Failure to erect proper signage, so that workers below and passersby are always informed of what is taking place above and what risks it presents
  4. Failure to wear proper safety equipment (such as a hard hat or goggles)
  5. Failure to properly block off a construction site, allowing pedestrians or off-the-clock workers into unsafe areas

Common Injuries

  • Broken Bones / Fractures
  • Head Injuries ranging from concussions to traumatic brain injuries and fractured skulls
  • Eye injuries (which can cause loss of sight if severe enough)
  • Impalement (due to sharp falling debris)
  • Broken back, neck, or paralysis
  • Death

The attorneys at Lipsig Law Firm have helped many others in your shoes. You’ve worked many hours for your employer and are now injured. Are they doing enough to repay all of your dedicated effort? We see many cases where hard-working employee’s rights aren’t respected, and we work to ensure that yours will be.