His clients call Michael Lamonsoff “The Bull” because he never stops fighting for them. Thanks to “The Bull” and his team of top-rated personal injury litigators, the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC., is consistently rated as one of the top construction accident law firms in New York City.
Top-Rated New York Construction Accident Lawyers Fighting for Accident Victims
Workers at construction, demolition and renovation sites have a hazardous occupation in which they are exposed to many potential dangers that can cause injuries. As a result, powerful and protective laws have been passed to help injured workers receive the compensation they deserve. In addition, in light of recent cirsumtances surrounding the Coronavirus, employers pushing speed over safety are further increasing the risk for accident and injury.
Top-rated construction accident lawyer in NYC, Michael S. Lamonsoff and his firm use these laws to hit the responsible companies where it hurts them the most: their wallets. Our results-driven attitude to win for our construction accident clients has resulted in obtaining some of the largest verdicts and settlement awards for personal injury cases in New York. Our firm has won more than $500 Million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Over $500 million in verdicts & settlements for our clients
$16,000,000 Verdict Awarded to a Victim of Sexual Abuse
$11,750,000 Awarded to a Victim of Wrongful Conviction
$9,157,000 Settlement in a Train Derailment Case
$9,000,000 Awarded to a Victim of Municipal Assault
$6,500,000 Settlement in a Construction Accident Case
$5,500,000 Verdict Awarded in a Construction Accident Case
$4,750,000 Awarded to an Injured Construction Worker
$4,100,000 Settlement in a Construction Accident Case
$4,000,000 Awarded to Families of Flight 587 Victims
Our job is to fight for each and every one of our clients, and to provide the most aggressive, the most assertive and the most professional service that we can, in order to, in some small way, compensate our clients for what they have lost as a result of the accident that they have had
What compensation am I entitled to if I get injured in a construction accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, you may be facing not only physical injuries but also significant money losses. Injured construction workers can seek their lost wages and payment of their medical bills from Workers Compensation. However, when it comes to lost pay it is wholly inadequate compared to what they were earning while working before the date of the accident.
Damages that you are entitled to try to recover include:
- Physical and emotional injuries or pain
- Lost wages for both past and future, as well as fringe benefits (medical insurances, etc.)
- Medical expenses for both past and future
- In extreme cases, punitive damages
Who is legally responsible for my construction accident?
Establishing who is legally responsible is called "liability" and is the first thing that needs to be established by your construction accident lawyer.
New York State has powerful laws to hold owners and general contractors responsible for work site accidents. These laws are known as the New York State Labor Law, Sections 240, 241(6), and 200. The laws severely punish landowners, general contractors and subcontractors who choose speed over the safety of workers at their worksites, in violation of OSHA and Building Department Codes.
Building owners, general contractors, construction managers, other companies present on the construction site and subcontractors all have varying types and amounts of insurance coverage that can affect the compensation you can receive for your injuries.
Establishing who exactly can be sued for your particular construction accident case can be difficult to establish and thus should be handled by an experienced New York construction site accident lawyer.
Prior to COVID-19
Prior to COVID-19, construction, demolition and renovation accidents at work sites occurred at an extremely high rate due to the hazardous conditions these workers face. The private construction industry sector has had the highest number in workplace fatalities, representing 20% of all occupational fatalities in the state of New York, and in the last five years, work-related injuries have increased by over 200%. This is especially problematic because the construction workforce is made up of some of the most vulnerable populations (for example, 77% of all the construction workers are immigrants).
With the Coronavirus pandemic spreading all over the globe at the unprecedented rate, the danger these construction workers are exposed to has skyrocketed. Due to the soaring anxiety, fear of an uncertain economy and future the employers, land - owners, developers and general contractors are choosing speed over safety. They expect the workers to rush, scramble and make sure that the job is done as soon as possible. Combining this with the inherent risks involved with a typical construction site and the result is an even greater increase of construction accidents and injuries. Now it's more important than ever to seek an experienced construction worker injury lawyer in NYC.
Recent New York City Construction Site Accident Case Results
- $6,500,000 settlement awarded to a union construction worker who fell from an unsecured ladder and suffered a fractured leg as well as spinal injuries.
- $5,500,000 verdict awarded to a construction worker who was injured when a wood bracing collapsed resulting in back injuries.
- $4,750,000 verdict awarded to a construction worker who was injured by a falling concrete slab.
- $4,100,000 settlement for a construction worker who was injured when he tripped over a loose beam.
- $3,500,000 verdict awarded to an injured construction worker after he tripped and fell over a plumbing pipe that was covered and obscured by snow at a construction site.
- $3,200,000 recovered in a case involving a construction worker injured by falling construction material.
- $2,800,000 settlement for an iron worker who fall on a construction site resulting in significant lower back injuries.
- $2,500,000 awarded in a case involving a union laborer who was injured when struck by improperly secured lumber.
- $2,400,000 awarded to a construction carpenter struck by plywood that fell from the floor above.
- $2,350,000 awarded to a construction laborer who sustained serious injuries when he fell into an unprotected hole at a jobsite.
- $2,200,000 awarded to a construction worker who was catastrophically injured when a trailer rolled back and crushed him against a jersey barrier.
- $2,100,000 million settlement for a construction worker injured by heavy equipment.
- $2,000,000 million award obtained for a construction worker who was hit on his head by a falling object.
- $2,000,000 awarded to a construction worker laborer who got struck by an unsecure beam.
- $2,000,000 awarded to a construction worker who was injured when a trench collapsed.
- $1,950,000 awarded to a laborer who was severely injured when a platform he was working on collapsed.
- $1,500,000 recovered in a case involving a construction worker who was injured when he fell from unsecured scaffolding.
- $1,000,000 awarded to a union plasterer who was injured on the job when he was burned by a torch.
- $1,000,000 awarded to a construction worker who fell through a skylight in a warehouse.
Construction Accident Victim Testimonial
“This is my second time using the Law Offices of Michael Lamonsoff. The first time was when I was involved in an auto accident in 2000. This time, I was injured at work and because of how well things turned out previously, I couldn't have thought of a better lawyer to retain.
I would definitely recommend Michael to anyone who is fighting for their rights and justice. Whether you were involved in an auto accident or injury at work, he is the best person to fight for your case.
While the process was time-consuming, it was well worth the wait. Michael and his staff put their hearts and energy completely into their clients' cases. I knew from the start that I would be in good hands, but I am once again beyond pleased with the outcome. There were positive life changing results for me and there could be for you, too!”
If you’ve been injured, you need the best possible legal assistance – and our clients will tell you: we are the best! More than 500 reviews on Google, AVVO and Facebook give the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, a Top Rating in New York City, demonstrating Michael Lamonsoff as one the best construction injury attorneys in NYC.
Union workers are among those protected
Some of our past and present clients are members of local building and construction trade unions including:
- Construction and General Building Laborers Local 79
- Laborers Local 78
- Carpenters Local 157
- Pavers & Roadbuilders Local 1010
- Timbermen & Dockbuilders Local 1556
- Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1
- Elevator Constructors Local 1
- Concrete Carpenters Local 212
- Laborers Local 66
- Cement & Concrete Workers Local 6A
- Tile Marble & Terrazzo B.A.C. Local 7
- Iron Workers Local 580
- Sheet Metal Workers Local 28
- Metallic Lathers Local 46
- Electrical Workers Local 3
- Plumbers Local 1
- Carpenters Local 45
- Steamfitters Local 638
- Building Concrete, Excavation & Common Laborers Local 731
- Asbestos Workers Local 12A
- Heat & Frost Insulators Local 12
- Concrete Workers Local 20
- Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
- Carpenters Local 926
Why do Michael’s clients call him “The Bull?”
Michael says that the answer is simple: “I never stop fighting for my clients until I win. The only acceptable result for me is a victory for them – and they love me for it.”
What if I am an undocumented worker and suffered a construction injury?
Many undocumented workers who are injured are afraid to bring a claim because of their immigration status. Your undocumented status cannot be considered in determining whether you are entitled to worker’s compensation or your right to bring a personal injury lawsuit. You should know that even if your immigration status is undocumented, if you are injured, you have exactly the same rights as other New York City workers.
Whether you are an American citizen, a documented immigrant or an undocumented immigrant, if you are injured while working on a construction site, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If your injury happened because of negligence, you have the right to bring a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries.
If you have been hurt, you should not let anyone persuade you to give up your legal right to receive help from an experienced construction accident attorney in New York.
Your status is protected and cannot be reported to the authorities or used in any way to prevent you from using the courts to seek justice.
Construction injuries and fatalities are increasing in New York City
Construction in New York City is growing at an unprecedented rate. Buildings are being constructed or renovated in every borough, and on every street.
Alarmingly, at the same time as this boom in construction, there’s been an even larger increase in the amount of serious and fatal construction accidents. Even with substantial advances in safety equipment and safety technology, construction sites are more dangerous now than they have ever been. In fact, the statistics show that people are five times more likely to be injured on a site now than they were five years ago.
Why have fatal and serious construction accidents skyrocketed in the last five years?
The answer is that the landowners and contractors who build these buildings are not using the safety equipment and the safety protocols that are available to them.
Serious and fatal accidents always spark state and federal investigations into the site, and the results over the last five years have always been the same: the accidents were avoidable.
By using proper safety equipment and protocols, the landowners, contractors and subcontractors could have completely prevented the accident. In accident after accident, it has been found that the workers were not provided with proper safety equipment, safety training, or proper safety tools, or that proper safety protocols were not used by those responsible.
In short, the landowners and contractors are choosing profit through speed of construction over the safety of their own workers.
It is this casual disregard for the safety and well-being of the workers that has Mr. Lamonsoff so incensed, and so ready to fight for each and every injured worker. When construction workers are injured because of the negligence of another person or company, Michael S. Lamonsoff helps them use the court system to obtain justice.
I’ve been injured on a construction site. What should I do?
If you’ve been hurt, you and your loved ones should act as quickly as possible for your protection. Here are some of the steps you will need to take:
Seek medical attention immediately
If you have been injured, go straight to the hospital to have your medical condition checked. Don’t be pushed into going right back to work. If you need an ambulance, be sure to ask for one. Tell the doctors and all medical personnel everything that hurts, so that they can treat it. This will allow you to get the best care possible, and it will avoid disputes later as to which areas of your body were injured as a result of the accident.
Photograph the accident site and anything that was involved or contributed to your injury. If the accident involved faulty equipment, tools or scaffolding, be sure to get them photographed as well. Enlist the help of your co-workers if you aren’t able to do this yourself.
Preserve the evidence
Whatever the cause of your accident, do your best to preserve what you can about what caused it. If a tool was involved, save the tool. If something broke, collect the pieces.
Determine if there are any witnesses to your accident and seek their help. Get their contact information.
Document the accident
Make sure that your accident is reported and that everyone in a responsible position on the job site is informed. Report exactly what happened. Don’t allow anyone on the site to persuade you to change the facts. Report what you know to be true.
Seek legal advice promptly
Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, to find out your rights and take action. You can be sure that insurance company lawyers will be working right away to fight against you, so you will need an attorney who is willing to start fighting immediately on your behalf.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a construction accident, you should take steps right away to preserve and protect your rights to compensation. No one can replace the physical and mental well-being that has been taken from you, but monetary compensation can help you recover and restore your peace of mind.
Contact Our NY Construction Accident Law Firm Today
Call our construction accident law firm today at 212-962-1020 for a free case consultation! We will advise you on how to protect your rights and what your responsibilities are.
We will investigate your accident, photograph the accident scene before it is changed, and take statements from witnesses while their recollection is fresh. Having the right construction site injury lawyer from the beginning can make a huge difference to the outcome of your case. A well-prepared case starts at the very beginning. You only have one chance to be compensated, and you should choose a law firm dedicated to winning for you.
Contact our office at 212- 962-1020 for a FREE CONSULTATION any time.
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Construction Accidents: Protect Your Rights
This information may also apply to industries such as:
- REPAIRING, ALTERING, MAINTENANCE and CLEANING OF A BUILDING OR STRUCTURE
Construction sites can be a dangerous place to work. Anyone working at one can be severely injured. As a result, protective laws have been passed to help injured workers receive the compensation they deserve. It is essential that you know what to do to seek the protection of these laws.
What You Are Entitled To
1. You may be entitled to bring a lawsuit for considerable money damages for personal injuries, pain, suffering and economic loss.
2. New York Workers Compensation Benefits provides 2/3 of your gross weekly salary to a maximum rate which is calculated yearly with adjustments made for inflation each July. The maximum rate for injuries that occurred after July 1, 2017 it was determined to be $870.61 per week for the time you miss from work. Medical treatment related to your accident is paid separately.
3. Reimbursement for all out of pocket expenses, including transportation to and from your doctor's office.
4. Possible money awards for permanent impairment to extremities, regardless of whether or not you lose any time from work.
5. Extended weekly benefits, possibly for life, if you are determined to be permanently disabled.
Protect Your Rights
What you do after a construction accident could affect the rest of your life. Do not allow anyone to convince you not to seek necessary medical care and treatment or coerce you into giving false information about your accident. Recording your correct name, address and detailing the correct facts of the accident will help protect your rights. Giving false information may later be used against you and prevent you from receiving Workers' Compensation benefits and/or receiving a monetary award in a lawsuit for personal injuries.
Bewarre of being "STEERED" by your employer foreman, supervisor or union official to personal injury firms or to their medical facilities.
Many times these people are paid for getting injured workers to specific law firms. Not only are they engaging in illegal activity, the attorneys who pay them are specifically forbidden from doing this. You only have one chance to be compensated for injures that may last a lifetime. You shouldn't place your future in a law firm that is engaged in illegal or unethical behavior. If a lawyer has to pay "bribes" to get injured workers as clients, how good can that lawyer really be?
"I was working at a construction site and a beam fell from 15 feet. I hurt my neck and spine and it required major surgery. After I got hurt, I didn't know who to call until I found Michael. He is a great lawyer, the best. He always kept me up to date with my case and I never worried for a second that he would win. He got me far more than I thought I'd get. I would absolutely recommend people to come to Michael."