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How does Labor Law Section 240 help accident victims recover compensation?

Otherwise known as the Scaffolding Law, Section 240 covers any gravity-induced accident that may be attributed to negligence. Under this law, property owners and contractors may be held liable for any injury or property damage that is caused by equipment like scaffolding, ladders, and any other forms of elevated platforms. However, it should be noted that contractors or property owners may also be held liable for the damages caused by any objects that fall from an elevated platform. Bearing all of this in mind, Labor Law Section 240 creates the legal framework through which accident victims may recover compensation for their pain and suffering.

To discuss the particulars of your claim with one of our New York construction injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, please call our New York offices at 866-LAWS-USA today.

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.

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