His clients call Michael Lamonsoff “The Bull” because he never stops fighting for them. Thanks to “The Bull” and his team of top-rated litigators, the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC., is consistently rated as one of the top personal injury law firms in New York City.
New York Attorneys Getting Top Settlements and Awards for Scaffolding Accident Victims
Scaffolding is such a commonly used structure for construction and renovation that we hardly even notice it when we pass it on the street. From parking structures to skyscrapers, there are times when scaffolding seems to be somewhere on almost every street in New York City. And usually, scaffolding presents a perfectly safe temporary structure that is being used properly by trained and skilled construction workers.
However, when scaffolding is not properly erected, is insufficient for the weight of the materials placed on it, or has not been sufficiently secured, accidents happen.
If you were hurt as a result of a scaffolding accident, you need attorneys who will fight tirelessly for your rights, and who aren’t afraid to take on the insurance company lawyers and experts. At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, you will find a team of top-rated attorneys who will fight relentlessly to make sure that you receive every bit of compensation that you deserve.
Select results from recent construction accident cases:
- $6,500,000 settlement awarded to a union construction worker who fell from an unsecured ladder which resulted in a leg fracture and spinal injuries.
- $5,500,000 verdict awarded construction worker who was injured when a wood bracing collapsed while exiting a ditch resulting in spinal injuries.
- $3,000,000 obtained for a laborer who was injured when he fell from an 18 foot ladder that was not secured properly.
- $1,500,000 recovered in a case involving a construction worker who was injured when he fell from unsecured scaffold.
What are common causes of scaffold-related injuries?
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are as many as 4,500 scaffold-related injuries per year. Most scaffolding accidents involve falls from heights. Sometimes, it’s a worker who falls and suffers injuries. Other times, it is heavy materials that the worker has been using that fall from the scaffolding to a surface many feet below.
While these accidents are all unique, some of the most common reasons for a scaffolding accident include:
- Slips and Falls: Falls from scaffolding can be tragic, and are only likely to occur if legaly required safety precautions are not followed. If protections such as guardrails and a body harness are not provided to workers, the results can be catastrophic.
- Improperly erected scaffolding: Scaffolding is a temporary structure, and may not be given the appropriate attention that will ensure its safety. If it is erected carelessly, scaffolding can collapse and injury any workers in the vicinity.
- Objects fall from scaffolding: On a busy work site, important safety precautions include hard hats and tools and materials that are carefully secured. When these are overlooked or ignored, injuries are common.
- Electrocution: Metal scaffolding can be especially dangerous in the vicinity of powerlines or live electrical wiring of any kind.
New York’s Scaffold Law protects workers who are injured
Because the dangers involved with scaffolding and other height-related work are so great, New York has passed Labor Law 240, which is also known as the Scaffold Law. The law requires employers, contractors, developers and site owners to provide all workers with the proper safety equipment and training. They are responsible for providing workers with fall protection safety equipment on all potentially dangerous jobs involving heights, such as:
- Body harnesses
- Vertical and horizontal lifeline systems
Merely having the equipment on site is not enough: owners, developers, contractors and employers must also make sure that all employees are properly trained in the use of the equipment. They are also responsible for ensuring that any scaffolding used on a job is properly erected, sturdily constructed, and fully anchored and secured in place.
When the Scaffold Law is violated and someone is injured, it becomes vitally important to seek legal advice and help. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff have extensive experience with the Scaffold Law and will fight relentlessly to preserve all of your legal rights.
I fell from some scaffolding on a jobsite in Brooklyn and injured my back, shoulder, neck, and knee. After tons of surgeries and physical therapy, I'm still never going to be the same again.
I found Michael Lamonsoff through a recommendation from a family member and he handled my case well enough for me to retire from construction entirely and start my own (much safer) business!
The level of personal care he took on my case was remarkable. I'd recommend this attorney to anyone.
After a scaffold accident, what should I do?
- Seek medical attention as soon as you can following your scaffolding accident. Any time you are injured on the job, it’s important to get prompt medical attention. Some injuries may not be fully apparent without a full examination and testing, and you don’t want to risk the danger that comes with an untreated injury.
- File an accident report as soon as possible. You’ll want to be sure that the facts of your accident are fully documented. The benefit of filing an accident report with your employer is that it can be referenced throughout the course of litigation as memories fade. This record will also assist your attorney in determining which parties are liable for your injuries.
- Call the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff. We will advise you as to your rights and the next steps to take. We will also be able to begin investigating immediately, before the insurance company has an opportunity to remove evidence or witnesses. Our team of experienced staff, attorneys and investigators will go to the site of your accident and do a thorough inspection of circumstances, witnesses, work permits, job safety features and the names of developers, contractors, owners and supervisors who may have contributed to your injuries.
Contact us for help with your scaffold accident claim
If you were injured in a scaffold accident, our attorneys can help. We will listen thoughtfully to your story, and let you know how you can get the best possible compensation for your injuries. We litigate every case aggressively, so that you can concentrate on recovery.
Contact our office at 212- 962-1020 for a FREE CONSULTATION any time.
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