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Construction worker awarded millions after NYC scaffolding incident

A Long Island construction worker was awarded $6.3 million in a settlement for his claim that a scaffolding accident left him seriously disabled, a report by the New York Post revealed on Thursday, April 3.

In 2010, 43-year-old Brian Petrides filed a claim against New York City, the Department of Education, and the School Construction Authority for the devastating injuries he suffered as a result of unsecured scaffolding planks causing him to fall head first 20 feet. Petrides said that after the accident he was not able to tie his own shoes and had to send his 11-year-old son to live with relatives because of financial hardships.

Injuries from a construction accident do not only affect workers physically and financially, but can also affect the way they live their lives. If you have ever suffered from the consequences of a construction accident in New York due to the negligence of a property owner, our lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to discuss filing a personal injury claim and seeking financial compensation.


Construction worker files lawsuit against Staten Island courthouse

Fifty-eight-year-old Ridgewood, Queens resident James McDonough, a construction worker who worked on the construction project for the new $230-million courthouse in St. George, New York City, has filed a lawsuit against the city, the state Dormitory Authority, the state Office of Court Administration, and several other contractors after alleging that the defendants are responsible for unsafe working conditions at the construction site, causing him to fall down a shaft and suffer from leg and arm injuries last summer.

McDonough, a contractor for J.P. Mechanical, was doing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning work for the company when the mishap occurred. Fire Department Division 8 Deputy Chief Richard Howe said McDonough fell down the elevator shaft to the floor below the one he had been working on. Howe stated that McDonough was also prevented from falling all the way to the bottom of the shaft by the duct work and was later rescued by a firefighter, who took him to the fourth floor and pulled him out of the building.

New York law requires property owners and general contractors to provide a safe working environment for construction workers. When they fail to do this, they can be held liable for the undue harm a worker sustains. Get in touch with our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, at 866-LAWS-USA if you are a New York construction worker who has been harmed in a workplace accident.


Tottenville construction worker wins $1.2 million injury settlement

A Staten Island construction worker, who sued New York Stone Co. Inc. after being injured in a renovation project for a Brooklyn school four years ago, has been awarded a $1.2 million settlement by the Brooklyn state Supreme Court.

Court records show that Robert Thomas suffered injuries to his knees while working as a laborer for Manley Construction Co. on Nov. 16, 2009. Thomas was reportedly climbing from scaffolding to a working platform without the aid of ladder bridges, which were supposed to be provided to allow for workers to safely reach the platform. Thomas eventually slipped, injuring his knee and wrist in the process when he grabbed a pipe frame to prevent himself from falling.

After undergoing a complete knee replacement, Thomas lost the ability to return to construction work.

Being injured in a construction accident due to the lack of appropriate safety equipments is something that can be avoided and, as such, something for which the negligent construction site manager or owner should be held responsible. If you or someone you know has been injured in such an accident in New York, speak with an attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling 866-LAWS-USA today.


Construction supervisor awarded $1 million in Central Park accident

An appeals court decided on June 13 to award $1 million to a construction supervisor as compensation for injuries sustained from a fall while working on the Central Park Police Station in 2009.

It was snowing when 64-year-old Mark Grinberg, who was working on 86th Street Transverse, slipped and fell after walking on top of a section of a plywood that was wrapped in plastic.

Grinberg was initially awarded only $110,000 by a lower court jury before he appealed and won. In response to the additional damages he was awarded, Grinberg said he was “ecstatic.”

Recently released court records from the Appellate Division state that since the fall, Grinberg has suffered from permanent arthritis and tendinitis, and will face future expenses for further medical checkups and procedures.

C&L Contracting Corporation was ordered to pay for damages by a five-person jury.

Being injured in a construction accident can be devastating for a worker who has to endure long-lasting pain and other losses. If you or someone you know been involved in such an accident in New York, an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help you. Learn more about pursuing legal action today by calling 866-LAWS-USA.


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